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Premier League predictions: Jones Knows says back Arsenal, West Ham, Man City, and Tottenham on Boxing Day

Burnley vs Everton, Boxing Day 3 pm. This one screams draw. Sean Dyche’s men have drawn eight of their 15 Premier League games this season, showcasing a hard-to-beat tendency but an inability to put teams away.

The best that I’m interested in here landed in the previous fixture at 9/2 and that very same price is available here. It’s regarding a header being the method of the first goal. That price is simply too big when you consider the number of crosses into the box both teams put in for their players to attack, whether it would be from open play or set pieces.

Only Liverpool and West Ham have had more headed shots on goal than Burnley and Everton since the start of last season. Plus, the expected return of Dominic Calvert-Lewin for Everton boosts the chances of the bet landing. Since the start of last season, only Christian Benteke averages more headed shots per 90 minutes than the England striker (1.04).


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Manchester City vs Leicester, Boxing Day 3 pm

Manchester City has won their last eight matches, scoring 24 goals in the process but I get the impression there are another few gears for them to work through. It’s scary. And explains why they are now 1/3 favorites to win the Premier League title despite talk of this being one of the most exciting title races of the last few years.

This fixture goes against the grain usually for Manchester City and Leicester fixtures where cards are concerned. Both clubs rank low for yellow cards over the past five seasons, but when they face off at the Etihad Stadium, their styles turn the game into a card frenzy. Since the start of the 2016/17 season, Man City vs Leicester at the Etihad has produced an average of 4.8 cards per 90 minutes. Only City vs Liverpool has a higher average when it comes to games City has played at home (three meetings minimum).

When you add in referee Chris Kavanagh’s liking for a card, this game should see plenty of action in that regard. In 12 games this season across the Premier League and Sky Bet Championship, referee Kavanagh is averaging 4.3 yellow cards per 90 minutes. That makes the 10/11 with Sky Bet for the game to produce 40 or more booking points one of the best bets of the weekend.


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Tottenham vs Crystal Palace, Boxing Day 3 pm

Tottenham’s performance in the 2-2 draw with Liverpool was a further piece of evidence that a top-four charge is on the cards this season with Antonio Conte at the helm. In a short space of time, he has made them incredibly more efficient in both boxes. That should make them too strong for Palace, who have won just one of their last six Premier League games.

Referee Jon Moss isn’t one for reaching into his pocket. He’s only awarded 21 yellow cards in 10 Premier League matches this season and six of those came in his last fixture between Manchester City and Wolves.

Palace may fall foul up against the Spurs counters but on the whole, this should be a game played in a controlled manner. In 10 of Moss’ last 13 Premier League matches, the game has produced under 40 booking points and I’d be surprised if this one is any different. Back that scenario at 11/10 with Sky Bet.


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Aston Villa vs Chelsea, Boxing Day 5.30 pm

Chelsea was three points clear of Liverpool and four points ahead of Manchester City after 12 Premier League games at the end of November.

They now trail leaders City by six points and Liverpool by three.

The west Londoners have gone from 15/8 shots for the title all the way out to 12/1 with Sky Bet. Such is the relentless pace of the top-two, you simply can’t afford to go through a spell of winning just three out of eight games as Chelsea have. In the blink of an eye, the title has probably slipped out of their grasp. I’m happy to back Villa to get a result in this one, too.


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