Harry Kane and his friends can provide the goals needed for Spurs to whip Southampton, says John Newsome.
TOTTENHAM v SOUTHAMPTON
Early Boxing Day football sees Tottenham back at Wembley for this clash with a struggling Southampton, in front of the Sky cameras. The ‘Saints‘ have had a tough time of late and have not won in 6, drawing 3 and losing 3. With Spurs getting used to playing at their temporary home, this should be another comfortable win after Saturdays victory away at Burnley in which Harry Kane scored three.
Home Win 3-0
BOURNEMOUTH v WEST HAM
This is the proverbial ‘6 pointer’ with both teams down at the bottom of the league and only a point separating them after Saturdays losses. There was no disgrace for Bournemouth losing away at Man City, as most teams will. The surprise was West Ham losing at home to Newcastle. David Moyes will not be happy and they missed a penalty, adding insult to injury. This should be a tight affair with not many goals.
CHELSEA v BRIGHTON
Chelsea will be too strong for Brighton. They had a lot of good chances and possession last time out against Everton but couldn’t score so will want to get back firing in front of their home fans. Brighton got a great pre-Christmas result against Watford and will put up a fight, but last seasons Premier League Champions will get back to winning ways.
Home Win 2-0
HUDDERSFIELD v STOKE
Huddersfield perform better at The John Smiths Stadium and get some unpredictable results, although David Wagner has got ‘The Terriers’ playing well in their debut season in the Premier League and are collecting valuable points. Stoke hit a bit of a wobble of late losing 3 in a row before getting back to winning ways on Saturday. Santa certainly came at the right time and the gift of 3 points edged Stoke away from the relegation places. That said, this Boxing day clash will be entertaining and should provide plenty of goals.
MANCHESTER UNITED v BURNLEY
Jose Mourinho will be fuming after losing 2 valuable points to 10-men Leicester on Saturday. They were in control throughout that game but didn’t take their chances. Leicester capitalised on poor finishing from United and grabbed a last-gasp equaliser, leaving Jose and United fans exasperated. Burnley, surprisingly, got well beaten at Turf Moor on Saturday and will lose this one too. United have endured 2 bad results and Jose won’t let it continue.
Home Win 2-0
WATFORD v LEICESTER
A tough game to predict, with neither side appearing convincing right now. Watford need Richarlison to regain the form he showed in the early part of the season, although the Brazilian is not being helped by the fact that the Hornets keep going down to ten men! Leicester should take confidence from their draw with Man Utd and look worth at least a point again in this clash.
WEST BROM v EVERTON
Since sacking Tony Pulis West Brom’s fortunes haven’t improved and they sit in the bottom 3. The Baggies have not won a game since beating Burnley on the 19th of August, drawing 8 and losing 9. They even lost to Swansea who currently look the weakest side in the league. In contrast, Everton are on the up after appointing Big Sam Allardyce and after getting a well deserved draw against Chelsea on Saturday, they should be good enough to beat West Brom.
Away Win 0-2
LIVERPOOL v SWANSEA
Liverpool will be way-way too strong for bottom of the table Swansea. They eventually sacked Paul Clement mid week and Leon Britton took temporary charge for Saturdays decent draw against Crystal Palace. Lets hope they don’t go down that road of appointing Tony Pulis. Unfortunately for Swansea, they play a Liverpool side who score for fun – especially at Anfield and the ‘Fab Four’ of Courtinho, Firminho, Mane and Salah will all be scenting goals.
Home Win 4-0
NEWCASTLE v MAN CITY
This game isn’t on Boxing day and both teams have an extra day to recover. The bad news for Newcastle is Man City are the best attacking team we have seen for 20 years. In the 90s Manchester United played a very similar way, everyone thinks Pep’s City have invented a new brand of football. The Premier Leagues greatest ever manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, played this way in the 90s. Giggs, Sharpe, Kanchelskis, Cantona, Hughes and their other teammates played all-out attacking football. City play the same and will win the title, but the big question is whether they can go unbeaten throughout the season. Newcastle got a brilliant away win at The London Stadium on Saturday against a resurgent West Ham, but will be no match for High Flying Blues.
Away Win 0-3
CRYSTAL PALACE v ARSENAL
This game takes place 2 days after Boxing day, so both teams should be refreshed. Crystal Palace are unbeaten in 8, winning 3 and drawing 5. They are more organised under Roy Hodgson but rely heavily on Wilfried Zaha. Pity he didn’t pick him whilst England manager. Arsenal score goals, but unfortunately for the Gunners they also concede. Ozil and Sanchez will probably be gone in January but are playing well in the ‘Shop Window’. There will be goals.
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