Chelsea Could Pile More Boxing Day Misery on Stuttering Brighton
There are a number of Boxing Day fixtures taking place in the Premier League with Brighton making the short trip to the capital to face champions Chelsea. The Blues haven’t been at their fluent best this season but they have won six of their first nine matches in West London and will be hoping to take advantage of their out-of-form visitors. Antonio Conte’s side have kept three clean sheets in their last four outings here and have only conceded seven times throughout the campaign. Only Newcastle have managed to find the net at Stamford Bridge since the end of October and they are likely to keep it tight once again. Betfair are offering 5/2 for Chelsea to collect three points and keep a clean sheet in the process.
Brighton have netted just 14 times in their first 18 Premier League matches and Glenn Murray spurned the opportunity to give his side the lead from the penalty spot against Burnley on December 16th. The game ended goalless leaving them without a victory in their last five outings. Since beating Swansea at the beginning of November, Brighton have lost three straight away games and have failed to find the net in each.
Elsewhere, Manchester United will look to break down a stoic Burnley side at Old Trafford with Jose Mourinho’s side having only narrowly squeezed past West Brom and Bournemouth in recent weeks. The Clarets have won nine of their first 18 Premier League games this season, with Sean Dyche’s side flying high and defying expectations in the top flight.
Everton have improved under Sam Allardyce and travel to the Midlands to face West Brom. Alan Pardew hasn’t enjoyed the best start at the Hawthornes and his side are lacking a real cutting edge. The Baggies are the second lowest scorers in the league with just 13 goals in 18 outings. Danny Ings is amongst the names linked with a January move as he seeks a move away from Liverpool. The Reds host struggling Swansea in the day’s late game with Jurgen Klopp’s side hoping to improve their record at Anfield and heap yet more pressure on under-fire Paul Clement. Despite taking the lead at Goodison Park on December 18th, the Welsh side couldn’t hold on against Allardyce’s men and remain bottom of the table, with just three wins from their opening 18 games. Ladbrokes are offering 1/2 on Liverpool to cover the -1 on the handicap.
Out-of-form Watford host Claude Puel’s Leicester at Vicarage Road, whilst Huddersfield will seek home advantage once again as they take on rudderless Stoke. Bournemouth are another side who are struggling for rhythm and they take on an improving West Ham. David Moyes’ side have improved immeasurably since the Scot took over and have beaten Stoke and Chelsea in the past month.