We know the feeling all too well. A turkey the weight of a small whale has been devoured, the Quality Street quickly followed, before somebody cracked out the After Eight mints as charades turned into a Royal Rumble-style brawl refereed by nan. From the first crack of dawn, before a present was even opened, the booze was flowing, and on Boxing Day the only thing you plan on doing is vegging firmly on the couch in front of the TV.
Well luckily for you, there is a footballing feast to keep you entertained, and we’ve plucked out a 25/1 accumulator to blow away that food hangover you’re likely to be trapped in.
Here at the Paddy Power Blog we’ve crunched the numbers from the last decade of Boxing Day fixtures to see which sides get three points all wrapped up, and which players would rather be sat at home watching the Royal Family Christmas Special.
Manchester United are your Boxing Day bankers, winning all nine of their games on December 26th since 2004. It’s a great sign for Louis van Gaal who is looking to make it eight games unbeaten at home to Newcastle United. Alan Pardew’s Magpies have the Christmas blues after a 4-1 hammering at the Emirates and then a derby defeat to their nearest, but least dearest, Sunderland. Newcastle’s Boxing Day record is hardly inspiring, and they have lost six of their 10 matches in the last decade.
Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea are all unbeaten in Boxing Day games since 2004, and should continue that unbeaten form this year. The Gunners face QPR whose Boxing Day record frankly stinks, while Chelsea should add to their five wins with three points at home against West Ham.
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Tottenham face the slightly trickier task of going away to Leicester, and the Foxes very rarely go home defeated on Boxing Day. In the last decade Leicester have lost just one match on December 26, picking up a massive five draws. Stick the stalemate into your accumulator to boost the odds and give bottom-of-the-table Leicester a much-needed Christmas point.
At the wrong end of the Boxing Day form table Aston Villa have won just one of their nine games as the Villa players recover from their various Christmas antics. They face a tricky trip to Swansea and the trends suggest it should be a merry three points for the Welsh side.
Stoke are also in the festive mood of giving away points, winning just two of their 10 Boxing Day games. With that in mind we’re plumping for Everton to pick up the three points at Goodison Park and bring some Christmas cheer back to Merseyside after just one win in their last five.
Your 25/1 Boxing Day Accumulator…
Leicester and Tottenham to draw
A £10 stake potentially returns £251.22 with Paddy Power – plus you get your 20% Acca Bonus, taking the total haul up to just over £300. Bang on.