Can United turn it around on Boxing Day?

Phil 'The Power' Taylor is a 9/2 shot to claim his 17th World Darts Championship title
Phil 'The Power' Taylor is a 9/2 shot to claim his 17th World Darts Championship title

Boxing Day means a full programme of Premier League fixtures and it all kicks off at the Britannia Stadium, with Stoke City entertaining Manchester United.

Perhaps the Christmas presents keep coming on December 26 considering that the Potters are 5/2 (BetVictor) to win the game against a Red Devils team who come into the match off the back of defeats against Bournemouth and Norwich.

United are 11/8 (Paddy Power) to claim three points and the draw can be backed at 12/5 (Sky Bet).

Aston Villa continue to search for a first win under Remi Garde and they’re 9/5 (Stan James) to record victory against a West Ham side who are currently dealing in goalless matches.

You can get 12/5 that this one ends all-square with Paddy Power, while the Hammers are 7/4 (William Hill) to pour more misery on their opponents.

Bournemouth and Crystal Palace clash at the Vitality Stadium, with the Cherries 13/8 (Paddy Power) to continue their excellent winning run, although we know the Eagles are tough opponents when they go away from home.

Alan Pardew’s side look reasonably priced at 2/1 (Ladbrokes) for this game.

Chelsea have started playing now that Jose Mourinho has left although can we trust them at 4/9 (Stan James) against a thriving Watford team?

The Hornets are a massive 13/2 (Sky Bet) to come away from Stamford Bridge with a maximum and bet365 offer 12/5 about this one ending in a draw.

Then we have Leicester City who head to Anfield as Premier League leaders.

BetVictor have 3/1 that the Foxes follow up that win at Goodison Park with another maximum against Liverpool, with the Reds even money (Sky Bet) to bounce back from that mauling at Vicarage Road by toppling Claudio Ranieri’s team.

Manchester City look like home bankers against Sunderland and Ladbrokes go no bigger than 1/5 about a win for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

The Black Cats were soundly beaten at Stamford Bridge and make little to no appeal at 18/1 (BetVictor).

Swansea continue to operate without a manager and the Welsh side are 11/10 (Sky Bet) to beat a West Brom team who will have James McLean and Salomon Rondon suspended. The Baggies are 17/5 (BetVictor) to claim three points at the Liberty Stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur are sitting pretty in fourth and they are a warm order at 4/9 (William Hill) to beat a Norwich side who come into this match off the back of a 2-1 triumph at Old Trafford.

The Canaries are 15/2 (bet365) to claim another big three points at White Hart Lane.

Newcastle entertain Everton on Saturday evening and the Magpies are 11/5 (bet365) to claim their second Merseyside team scalp in recent weeks, although perhaps the draw (12/5 Winner) offers better value considering the Toffees seem to specialise in them.

The visitors are slight favourites at 13/10 (Sky Bet) to win the game.

Southampton then clash with Arsenal and the Gunners are a touch of value at 11/10 (Paddy Power) to become the latest team to win at St Mary’s.

Ronald Koeman’s side are struggling right now and they are 13/5 (Stan James) to give their fans some Christmas cheer with three points.

The 2016 World Darts Championship has already produced a few shocks, with favourite Michael van Gerwen close to being knocked out, while Ian White, Kim Huybrechts and Andy Hamilton are among those players to suffer a first-round exit.

Paddy Power offer 6/5 that van Gerwen claims the world title at ‘Ally Pally’, although Phil Taylor is safely into the second round of the competition and Winner offer 9/2 about the Power rolling back the years to claim a 17th success.

Reigning champion Gary Anderson is a 13/2 poke (Sky Bet) to retain his title, with Adrian Lewis among those players in good nick coming into the biggest tournament on the calendar. The man known as ‘Jackpot’ is 16/1 (Ladbrokes) to land a third world title.

The field has narrowed for the King George on Boxing Day and it appears that Don Cossack will be sent off favourite, with Stan James going 9/4 about the Gordon Elliott charge following up a couple of decent wins in Ireland with a major National Hunt crown.

It won’t be easy considering Vautour arrives as the new kid on the block, with Willie Mullins having high hopes of this Rich Ricci horse and bet365 quote 3/1 that we see Ruby Walsh riding him to success at Kempton.

Cue Card is a 7/2 poke (Paddy Power), with Silviniaco Conti is 7/1 (Winner) to claim the spoils for Paul Nicholls and Kempton appears to be a track that suits this horse.

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