Football By Joe Crilly

Who Will Get A Stuffing, Who Will Be Top Of The Tree?

William Hill have opened their betting on how many points all of the Premier League sides will win over the three festive games this season. Arsenal, who have put their fans’ elf at risk as their own title challenge has spluttered to a halt, have a relatively easy schedule and thus have the best odds of the current top 4 to claim 7 points or more, 4/7. Man City and Liverpool face each other in one of the most anticipated games of the festive period, with the latter 10/11 to win 7 points or more during the Yuletide, while their opponents are EVS to do the same. Meanwhile, league leaders Chelsea will have to sleigh Tottenham (or at least get a draw) to fill their stocking with seven points or more to help them near wrapper up the title, EVS.

It’s rather Claustrophobic at the other end of the table, with clubs scrapping for points to make sure they don’t fall down the chimney to the Championship come May. Stragglers Hull face Man City and Everton in two of their remaining fixtures over the break, putting them at 11/10 to suffer a Christmas turkey and win 2 points or less, while Swansea, who sit above them only on goal difference, are seen as likely to claim 3-4 points, 11/8. The resurrection of Sunderland is not expected to continue while Santa visits, with the odds suggesting they are most likely to win only two points or less,  8/13, and finally, Crystal Palace, who have won only once in December, will look to distance themselves from the bottom tree, with many suggesting they will gain 3-4 points, 15/8.

William Hill odds:

Arsenal Xmas & New Year Points: 33/1 2pts or less, 11/2 3-4pts, 5/2 5-6pts, 4/7 7pts or more

Bournemouth Xmas & New Year Points: EVS 2pts or less, 13/10 3-4pts, 6/1 5-6pts, 20/1 7pts or more

Burnley Xmas & New Year Points: 13/8 2pts or less, 11/10 3-4pts, 9/2 5-6pts, 16/1 7pts or more

Chelsea Xmas & New Year Points: 20/1 2pts or less, 7/2 3-4pts, 7/4 5-6pts, EVS 7pts or more

Crystal Palace Xmas & New Year Points: 15/8 2pts or less, 11/10 3-4pts, 7/2 5-6pts, 12/1 7pts or more

Everton Xmas & New Year Points: 7/2 2pts or less, 13/8 3-4pts, 5/2 5-6pts, 3/1 7pts or more

Hull Xmas & New Year Points: 11/10 2pts or less, 5/4 3-4pts, 6/1 5-6pts, 20/1 7pts or more

Leicester Xmas & New Year Points: 3/1 2pts or less, 13/18 3-4pts, 13/5 5-6pts, 7/2 7pts or more

Liverpool Xmas & New Year Points: 20/1 2pts or less, 7/2 3-4pts, 2/1 5-6pts, 10/11 7pts or more

Man City Xmas & New Year Points: 25/1 2pts or less, 19/5 3-4pts, 13/8 5-6pts, EVS 7pts or more

Man Utd Xmas & New Year Points: 33/1 2pts or less, 7/1 3-4pts, 13/5 5-6pts, 4/9 7pts or more

Middlesbrough Xmas & New Year Points: 13/8 2pts or less, 11/10 3-4pts, 7/2 5-6pts, 14/1 7pts or more

Southampton Xmas & New Year Points: 3/1 2pts or less, 6/4 3-4pts, 11/4 5-6pts, 4/1 7pts or more

Stoke Xmas & New Year Points: 11/10 2pts or less, EVS 3-4pts, 8/1 5-6pts, 33/1 7pts or more

Sunderland Xmas & New Year Points: 8/13 2pts or less, 6/4 3-4pts, 12/1 5-6pts, 50/1 7pts or more

Swansea Xmas & New Year Points: 2/1 2pts or less, 11/8 3-4pts, 7/2 5-6pts, 6/1 7pts or more

Tottenham: 4/1 2pts or less, 13/8 3-4pts, 5/2 5-6pts, 3/1 7pts or more

Watford Xmas & New Year Points: 15/8 2pts or less, 5/4 3-4pts, 7/2 5-6pts, 8/1 7pts or more

West Brom Xmas & New Year Points: 7/4 2pts or less, 10/11 3-4pts, 9/2 5-6pts, 20/1 7pts or more

West Ham Xmas & New Year Points: 7/5 2pts or less, 13/10 3-4pts, 9/2 5-6pts, 10/1 7pts or more