📝Boxing Day 2019 Premier League Fixtures: A Look Ahead

All Premier League football fixtures on Boxing Day are streamed by Amazon Prime Video to be watched for free. There are nine games being live-streamed on the day itself, with a 10th following on December 27.
Boxing Day 2019 Premier League Fixtures: A Look Ahead

Tottenham vs Brighton

Competition: Premier League

Date: Thursday, 26th December 2019

Time: 12:30 PM (UK time)

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (London)

Last Meeting: 05 Oct 2019, Brighton 3-0 Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur are looking to bounce back quickly from their defeat to Chelsea as they host Brighton on Boxing Day 2019.

On the other hand, Brighton’s three-game unbeaten streak was ended by a 1-0 loss at home to Sheffield United at the weekend, leaving Graham Potter’s squad 13th in the table.

Key Statistics:

·         Hotspurs have been unbeaten in their last 13 top-flight Boxing Day games (W10 D3) since losing 0-2 at Portsmouth in 2003. Their last home defeat was back in 1991 against Nottingham Forest (1-2).

·         Tottenham have won their last three matches against Brighton, keeping a clean sheet each time. Their last such defeat was in October 1981 (0-1).

·         Following their 3-0 win in the reverse fixture, Brighton hope to complete their first-ever league double over Tottenham.

·         Brighton are winless in their last 10 Boxing Day games (D4 L6) since a 1-0 win over QPR in 2005. Their two such games in the Premier League have ended in one defeat (vs Chelsea) and one draw (vs Arsenal).

·         Since Mourinho’s first game as the manager of the club, no Premier League team has yielded more goals than Spurs across all competitions.

·         Tottenham’s defeat to Chelsea last time out ended a run six Premier League home games without defeat (W4 D2) – they haven’t lost consecutive home games in the competition since January.

·         Brighton have secured just five points from their last 21 available in the Premier League (W1 D2 L4), with four of those points being obtained in London (2-1 vs Arsenal, 1-1 vs Crystal Palace).

·         There have been six Premier League hat-tricks scored on Boxing Day, with Tottenham the only side with more than one (2). Spurs players have scored the last two such hat-tricks in the competition (Gareth Bale in 2012, Harry Kane in 2017).

·         Harry Kane has scored seven goals in only four Premier League games on Boxing Day. Only Robbie Fowler (9), Alan Shearer (8), and Robbie Keane (8) have scored more in the entire history of the competition.

·         Tottenham boss Mourinho has never lost in seven Premier League games on Boxing Day (W5 D2), managing more games without defeat on the day than any other manager in the competition.

Boxing Day 2019 Premier League Fixtures: A Look Ahead

Team News:

Erik Lamela has returned to training with Tottenham after missing the last two months with a hamstring injury.

Heung-Min Son is unavailable for three games over the busy festive period through suspension following his dismissal against Chelsea. Also, Hugo Lloris (elbow) and Ben Davies (ankle) stay out.

Brighton boss Graham Potter intends to put his squad depth to the test over the Christmas period.

Colombia winger Jose Izquierdo keeps on recovering from a knee injury in his home country and is not expected to return until next month.

Midfielder Solly March is still healing after undergoing groin surgery earlier in the month and will miss the Tottenham showdown.

Possible Starting Lineups:

Tottenham XI: Gazzaniga; Aurier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Rose; Dier, Winks; Sessegnon, Alli, Moura; Kane

Brighton XI: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Burn; Mooy, Stephens, Propper; Gross; Maupay, Connolly

Boxing Day 2019 Premier League Fixtures: A Look Ahead

Chelsea vs Southampton

Competition: Premier League

Date: Thursday, 26 December 2019

Time: 3:00 PM (UK time)

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Last Meeting: 06 October 2019: Southampton 1-4 Chelsea

Chelsea will be looking to string together consecutive Premier League victories for the first time since November as they meet Southampton on Boxing Day 2019.

Southampton came back to winning ways at the weekend, with a 3-1win over Aston Villa helping Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men move out of the relegation zone at the expense of the Villans.

Key Statistics:

·         Chelsea have won seven of their last eight Premier League games against Southampton (D1), since a 1-3 home loss in October 2015.

·         Southampton and Chelsea drew 0-0 in this exact fixture last season; Saints have never kept consecutive away clean sheets against the Blues in the top-flight.

·         Chelsea and Southampton have met four times on Boxing Day in the Premier League, most famously 20 years ago when they became the first Premier League side to name a starting XI with no British players in a 2-1win at the Dell.

·         Chelsea are presently unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League Boxing Day games (W9 D5), the longest such run without defeat in the competition’s history. Their last loss was back in 2003 against Charlton (2-4).

·         This is Southampton’s 17th Premier League Boxing Day game (W4 D6 L6), and it will be their 16th such game against a London side, with the exception being a 3-0 win at Cardiff in 2013. Their only away Boxing Day victory in the capital in the competition was at Crystal Palace in 2014 (otherwise D4 L3).

·         The Blues have lost two of their last three Premier League home games (W1), the same number they had in their previous 28 matches at Stamford Bridge in the competition (W16 D10 L2). They have lost five home games this season, only once in the 21st century have they lost more at Stamford Bridge (6 in 2015-16).

·         Southampton have scored in every of their last eight Premier League away games, their longest such streak in the competition since a run of 11 between December 2013-April 2014. Only Man City (20) and Liverpool (12) are on longer current runs of scoring in back-to-back away games in the competition than Saints.

·         Southampton’s last 16 Premier League goals have been scored by English players, excluding their own goals, it’s the longest such run in the challenge since Queens Park Rangers between March 1996-September 2011 (17).

·         Danny Ings scored Southampton’s goal in their 1-4 defeat in the reverse fixture against Chelsea. Only Rickie Lambert (2012-13) and Kevin Davies (1997-98) have scored in both games against the Blues in a single season for the club.

·         Chelsea’s Willian has scored four goals in 17 Premier League appearances, one more than he netted in 32 games last term. Willian, who scored twice last time out vs Spurs, hasn’t found the net in consecutive PL games since October 2015.

Team News:

Chelsea are expected to experience a couple of rotational changes to the intriguing side at White Hart Lane. ​Ruben Loftus-Cheek remains the only player sidelined as ​Chelsea near a clean bill of health.

Nevertheless, there could be recalls for Jorginho and Christian Pulisic if Lampard does look to rotate his men considering the busy schedule. Chelsea played with a back three in the win at Spurs so it will be interesting to see whether Lampard sticks with that against Southampton.

The Saints are also coming off an impressive away win and Ralph Hassenhüttl could name an unchanged XI. There are no new injury concerns for the German but he may also look to rotate during the busy festive period.

​Danny Ings will continue to lead the line following his support against Villa. The former Liverpool and Burnley man has 11 Premier League goals to his name this season.

Possible Starting Lineups:

​Chelsea XI: ​Kepa; Tomori, Zouma, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kanté, Alonso; Pulisic, Willian; Abraham

Southampton XI: McCarthy; Cedric, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand; Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Redmond; Long, Ings

Boxing Day 2019 Premier League Fixtures: A Look Ahead

Manchester United vs Newcastle United

Competition: Premier League

Date: Thursday, 26 December 2019

Time: 5:30 PM (UK time)

Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester)

Last Meeting: 06 October 2019: Newcastle 1-0 Man Utd

Manchester United hope to return to winning ways in the Premier League as they host Newcastle United on Boxing Day after a terrible blunder from their goalkeeper David de Gea that helped Premier League basement side, Watford, to a 2-0 victory on Sunday.

On the contrary, Newcastle have won three of their last four Premier League matches in England's top flight to move into ninth spot in the table.

Key Statistics:

·         Manchester United have lost just one of their last 34 top-flight home matches with Newcastle United (W24 D9), going down 0-1 in December 2013.

·         Newcastle United won the reverse fixture against Manchester United 1-0 in October; they’ve not done the double over the Red Devils in the top-flight since the 1930-31 campaign.

·         Newcastle have won two of their last four Premier League meetings with Man United (L2), as many as they had in their previous 28 against them in the competition (W2 D7 L19).

·         Manchester United have won more games (20) and have a higher win percentage (80%) on Boxing Day than any other side in the Premier League history. Meanwhile, Newcastle United have lost more games on the day than any other side (13).

·         Manchester United haven’t lost a home league game on Boxing Day since 1978 (0-3 vs Liverpool), winning 15 and drawing three such games at Old Trafford.

·         Newcastle United have lost their last four leagues Boxing Day games by an aggregate score of 1-9 after beating Stoke City 5-1 in 2013.

·         Manchester United have won just one of their last 17 Premier League matches when they’ve enjoyed more possession than their opponents (W1 D8 L8), a 3-1 win at Norwich City in October.

·         Newcastle United have 25 points after 18 games this season (W7 D4 L7), eight more than they had after 18 games last season under Rafael Benitez (W4 D5 L9).

·         Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood scored in his last Premier League appearance at Old Trafford, scoring the equalizer against Everton. Only three teenagers have scored in consecutive home matches for the Red Devils in the competition, namely, Ryan Giggs (1993), Wayne Rooney (2005), and Federico Macheda (2010).

·         In 10 away Premier League games at Old Trafford as a manager, Steve Bruce has lost nine matches, drawing the other. During his playing career, Bruce lost just four of his 72 Premier League games at Old Trafford as a Manchester United player (W50 D18 L4).

Boxing Day 2019 Premier League Fixtures: A Look Ahead

Team News:

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could decide whether to play Paul Pogba from the start against Newcastle for Manchester United after impressing in his cameo at Watford.

“It’s a big plus”, said Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. “The boy has been working hard, he’s been desperate to play football and he came on and showed that hunger, urgency, and quality so I’m sure we’ll benefit from him coming back.”

Pogba’s return shows that the club’s injury list is clearing at a crucial time.

“We’ve got two games coming up over Christmas and we need to bounce back,” he added.

Steve Bruce will make a late check on striker Andy Carroll as he attempts to manage a path through the busy festive program.

Defenders Paul Dummett and Jetro Willems are doubts with groin and knee problems, respectively.

Allan Saint-Maximin (hamstring) is expected to be out for another four weeks while Jamaal Lascelles (tibia) and Matt Ritchie (ankle) should return in early January. Ki Sung-yueng has been struggling with illness while Ciaran Clark (calf) is also out.

Possible Starting Lineups:

Manchester United XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young; McTominay, Fred; Rashford, Pogba, Greenwood; Martial

Newcastle XI: Dubravka; Lejeune, Fernandez, Schar; Dummett, S Longstaff, Shelvey, Hayden, Yedlin; Almiron; Joelinton

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