LET there be no doubt, Boxing Day is the best day of the year. Elasticated trousers, comfy slippers, feet up and all set for a day betting on the footie and racing while enjoying the Christmas Day leftovers. Bliss.
The live action gets under way north and south of the border with Rangers v Hibs and Leicester City v Manchester United on Sky Sports and BT Sport respectively at 12.30pm. There's also some festive football on BBC One, a rarity for a Saturday 3pm kick-off but viewers can look forward to Crystal Palace's visit to Aston Villa. We've got match previews on the site for all three matches so make sure you check them out.
In fact our team have been well organised ahead of the wekeend and we've got six match previews across Saturday and Sunday, Desmond's Goals Tips, SlipsTips' best bet in Fulham v Southampton and Mark Walkers fills us in on his bes picks in Scotland.
VIP Members can get early access to their weekend tips and Thommo is also on the ball with his tips for Saturday already live.
- Leicester vs Manchester United – Saturday 12.30pm
- Rangers v Hibernian – Saturday 12.30pm
- Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace – Saturday 3pm
- Arsenal vs Chelsea – Saturday 5.30pm
- Manchester City vs Newcastle United – Saturday 8pm
- Liverpool v West Brom – Sunday 4.30pm
- Premier League Tips: Arteta Could Be Left Feeling The Blues
- Scottish Premiership Tips: Hibs' Serial Offender's Card is Marked
- SPFL Lower League Tips: Hearts to Put Hampden Heartache Behind Them
- Desmond's Two 2+ Goals Tips: Charlton & Oldham to Provide Christmas Cheer
- SlipsTips Tips: Christmas cards in the capital
- Scottish Football Tips: Buckie Just the Tonic for Boxing Day Punters
- SPFL First Goalscorer Tips: Veteran Adam Still Good Value
- VIP Tips: Banker Bet, Bonkers Bet & VIP Acca
- Boxing Day Racing Tips: Clan rising again at Kempton
- The Voice of Value: Boxing Day Racing Tips
Arsenal are only heading in one direction and their season is in danger of tailspinning in to serious trouble. Heads are down and the club appears at a low ebb so you couldn't be backing them for the visit of Chelsea this evening.
The Blues have impressed at times this season and some even thought a title challenge was possible. They've dropped some cheap points this season but Frank Lampard's men can take advantage of the Gunners lack of belief and pile on the agony for Mikel Arteta.
In the Premiership Micky Mellon will be delighted with his side's fifth placed position in the table at this stage of the season. His Dundee Utd side welcome Motherwell who have won just four times this season, to Tannadice. United's home form has been pretty solid, yes four defeats – but three of those to Rangers, Celtic and Hibs who were all expected to finish well above the Terrors.
2/1 on the United win seems generous given the two sides' current form but I'm happier having the draw on side and taking the home side on the Draw No Bet market at 11/10 (BetVictor).
Elsewhere, Aberdeen have quietly been going about their business and although they'll be disappointed to just take a point at Fir Park in midweek they're now four without defeat after a sticky spell. Opponents St Johnstone look to be on the slide following a brilliant run of results. They're now winless in five (over 90 minutes – they won on pens v Dunfermline) and despite a decent record v the Dons I can't see them take anything from Pittodrie today.
In the Championship Dunfermline will have been bouyed by their dramatic late comeback at Dundee last week, where they salvaged a point having been 3-0 down with 12 minutes to go. At 3/4 they look a solid bet to win at home to second-bottom Arbroath.
- Dundee Utd Draw No Bet 11/10 (BetVictor)
- Pays 6.71/1 at Bet365
As ever, please lets hear your tips in the comments section below.
In Case You Missed It
On Tuesday we announced the winners of our Secret Santa Giveaway where we've a selection of bets for 2021 that have now been allocated to members of the site. If the bets win the members will collect the winnings, so best of luck to all those who were chosen. Make sure you check – it could be you!
Also worth a moment or two of your time is a heartfelt tribute to Mr Fixit by his good friend Desmond, who had know Paul since they were kids and shared a friendship that spanned golf, football, betting and bunking off school. Thanks Desmond.
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