Boxing Day Select includes a choice selection of weekend football tips that are worth considering for this Friday’s English league fixtures however you are looking to bet on the games. With Premier League to Conference selections, check out which fixtures are on the hitlist.
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City
The Baggies have only managed to win once in their last seven matches and that was a 1-0 win against Aston Villa in the Midlands derby in a game in which they couldn’t fail to be up for. They threw away a two goal lead against relegation strugglers QPR in their last match as they succumbed to a 3-2 defeat against their fellow relegation rivals.
The Hawthorns has been a happy hunting ground for Manchester City in recent years. The Citizens have won eight and are unbeaten in their last nine Premier League encounters against West Brom. They are in an impressive run of form which has seen them notch up eight consecutive victories in all competitions and have kept four clean sheets in their last four games. They also cannot afford to slip up against the likes of West Brom if they are to keep the pressure on league leaders Chelsea who are three points ahead of them.
Arsenal v QPR
Arsenal seem to love the festive period more than most teams when you look at their results. The Gunners have only ever lost one fixture on Boxing Day since the inception of the Premier League back in 1992. They have won five of their last seven in all competitions and quickly moved on from a loss against ‘banana skin’ side Stoke City with a win over Newcastle United and point away at Liverpool.
QPR’s away league record is the worst in the premier league bar none. They have played eight and lost eight on their travels away from Loftus Road this season. Charlie Austin has been on fire netting eleven goals so far this campaign but QPR are heavily reliant on him as he has contributed 55% of the teams goals.Taking into how bad they have been away from home, it’s very hard to see the R’s suddenly reversing their terrible record especially at a place as hard to go as the Emirates Stadium.
Bristol City v Yeovil Town
Bristol City were stunned against bottom of the league Crewe Alexandra in their last outing but this weekends opponents Yeovil Town may be forced to feel the wrath of Steve Cotterills side as they look to immediately bounce back to winning ways. They have proved to be a one of the few consistently strong teams this season across all leagues and will be expected to respond in the right manner against a weaker Yeovil side that has shown no form.
Yeovil Town are third from bottom in the League One standings and a four nil victory over Oldham Athletic was quickly proved as a freak result as they lost their last game against lowly Colchester United. They may be more focused on their big FA Cup draw against Manchester United on the 4th January.
Aldershot v Barnet
Barnet have been top of the pile in the Conference for a long time now after stamping their authority on the division early on in the season. They are seven points clear at the top of the league already and the numbers all point to a superior attack being the main reason for there success so far. The Bees have netted 58 times in just 26 games played so far averaging over two goals per game.
Aldershot meanwhile, are languishing down in 18th position in the table. The Hampshire club have lost their last four games in a row in all competitions and have conceded seven goals in their last two matches.