We sure do have a Boxing Day bonanza for you, a both teams to score tip that should bring plenty of Christmas cheer. We missed out by 1 goal last weekend with just Millwall letting us down, do I’m hoping we can go one better on Boxing Day.
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Manchester City v Liverpool– 5.30pm Thursday
Pick of the day in the Premier League is definitely the fixture at the Etihad, two sides in red hot form who are never short of goals. It really could be a race to five with the number of goal scorers on show. Step forward, Luis Suarez, Alvaro Negredo, Philippe Coutinho and Yaya Toure just to name a few. What a match this should be!
At home Manchester City are the biggest force in the league by far, having been victorious in all eight of their home games even after the visits of Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton. A gigantic total of 35 goals have been scored by City at the Etihad in those eight games which is quite devastating. An average of five goals have been scored at home in their last six games across all competitions and right now you wouldn’t bet against them beating anyone in the world on home soil let alone scoring.
Liverpool have their part to play though and will fancy themselves to be the first team to take away points from the Citizens at their own home ground. The Reds have already taken on Everton, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur scoring against each totalling 9 goals. Luis Suarez is the division’s top scorer and will be very much looking forward to testing his world class skills against a vulnerable City back line who are missing Pablo Zabaleta through injury and Vincent Kompany has yet to form any sort of partnership in the centre yet with Demichellis. I can see another goal thriller!
Nottingham Forest v QPR – 7.30pm Thursday
Two promotion hopefuls meet as Queens Park Rangers make the journey north on Boxing day to take on Nottingham Forest. The Tricky Trees are currently in 7th spot and in the play off mix along with half of the division. Rangers are after an automatic spot as they aim to bounce back in to the Premier League on their first attempt.
Nottingham Forest are in need of a win especially being at home. They have failed to pick up three points on home soil in their last 5 matches and the fans are getting a little restless- A victory is a must. Despite struggling for victories, the Reds have only lost twice at home but these have been in recent times and with just four wins from the 11, their results have not been good enough for their large support. They need to deliver!
Queens Park Rangers make the trip to Nottingham knowing that only a win will do after suffering their first defeat at Loftus Road at the weekend- a 1-0 loss to fellow automatic promotion rivals Leicester City which has pushed them down to second. On the road, Rangers have struggled of late with just one win in five which included two defeats. The Hoops have the players to find the net though, Charlie Austin has already reached double figures and an anytime scorer bet on the former Burnley hit-man may make you a little additional Christmas cash. Expecting both teams to score!
Leicester City v Reading – 3.00pm Thursday
Two of the bigger clubs in the division meet here as high flying Leicester City take on a Reading side who have their eyes on the teams above them rather than below after a bumpy start to life back in the Championship. Players in both camps will be confident of scoring should a chance present itself with plenty of talent on show. Leicester have Dave Nugent who has already scored 10 goals this term and Reading have Adam le Fondre who has bagged himself seven. Who will win this goals race?
Whenever Leicester are involved there are usually goals! 55 have gone in at either end in their 21 matches played which sees them lying in third place in their mission for a return to the bright lights of the Premier League. Confidence will not be higher after springing the shock win last weekend over QPR on Saturday and the King Power Stadium should be full of festive cheer, creating a positive atmosphere which should result in goals.
Reading too have had plenty to shout about recently now they have kick started their season. The Royals last two away games have been wins against Huddersfield and Nottingham Forest which has shown they can go anywhere and score goals with the net bulging three times at Forest. The aforementioned Adam le Fondre and Pavel Pogrebnjak are Premier League quality and between them have grabbed 13 goals already in the league. Expect more on Boxing Day.
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