Boxing day sees nearly every club in action, kicking off a critical make and break stage of the season.
Watford vs Crystal Palace (12:30, Sky Sports 1)
Sam Allardyce starts life at Crystal Palace with an away trip to Vicarage Road to face Watford.
The Hornets are without Roberto Pereyra but will have Sebastian Prodl and Stefano Okaka back from injury. With Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney struggling to find goals, Okaka’s return provides an alternative and the midfield are currently producing plenty of goals between them.
Palace are still without several players but Allardyce will be relieved to have former Arsenal star, Mathieu Flamini back from injury. Another good point to boot is that the Eagles are unbeaten at Vicarage Road in their last five league meetings.
Watford however have a good home record having lost four in their last six home games. The main concern that might cost them a win is corner set pieces because they have conceded plenty of goals from corners.
Both teams will want a win to kick start their festive season so can see a stalemate in this one.
Prediction: Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace
Result: Watford 1-1 Crystal Palace
Hull City vs Manchester City (5:15, SS1)
Hull need to do something here after falling away, following a flying start in August to land themselves propping up the Premier League.
Mike Phelan will be hoping that home advantage will help boost his side’s spirits with the return of Ryan Mason and Josh Tymon. They have however only beaten their visitors once in their last eight meetings but Sergio Aguero’s suspension will give them some belief at getting at least a point from this game.
The Citizens are however coming off the back of their 2-1 comeback home win over Arsenal. Their away record is however rocky, having not kept a clean sheet in their away league matches this season.
On paper, the match is Manchester City’s for the taking but will they take all three points? Without Aguero, they have been very rocky and Hull will look to exploit that issue to maximum effect so expect a much tighter game than anticipated.
Prediction: Hull 1-2 Manchester City
Result: Hull 0-3 Manchester City
Newcastle United vs Sheffield Wednesday (7:45, SS1)
Both sides are both in the promotion race and will want to get a win to boost their automatic promotion credentials. Surprisingly, this match is a primetime clash which is quite unusual for Boxing day
Newcastle will be without Jonjo Shelvey and Jack Colback, giving Cheick Tiote an opportunity to make his second appearance of the season. Apart from those two absentees, there are no other changes that will affect the squad.
Wednesday on the other hand will be glad to have Fernando Forestieri back from suspension for a massive match that could be vital come the final day. The Owls won’t want a repeat of Boxing Day last year, when they visited the north east live on Sky Sports and lost 2-0 to Middlesbrough.
This match looks very interesting with Newcastle unbeaten in three whilst the visitors have won four of their last five. I think we might see a closely fought contest with the Toon Army edging it.
Prediction: Newcastle United 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday
Result: Newcastle United 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday