The Boxing Day tradition is undoubtedly one of the main highlights of any English football season and fans up and down the country will be begging for three points on Friday.
We’re hoping that these three home teams will send their fans home happy and leave us walking to the bank with an extra £50 in our pockets.
Everton V Stoke City
Roberto Martinez’s Toffees might not be sitting as high in the table as they’d have liked but they do enter Friday’s clash with Stoke on the back of a five game unbeaten streak at Goodison Park and we’re backing them to register another vital victory here.
Everton are scoring an average of two goals per game at home this season and will be confident of increasing that tally against a Potters side that has shipped 12 on the road already. Over the course of 2014, Mark Hughes’ visitors have sacrificed some of their defensive stability in return for more attacking flair and that could prove to be their downfall in this final away game of the calendar year.
The one thing Everton really have going for them is an array of attacking talent with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas, Samuel Eto’o and Steven Naismith all capable of firing the Toffees to three points. Conversely, Stoke only boast two players with three or more goals this season.
It’s been a topsy-turvy year at Goodison Park but the Toffees should end it on a high.
Everton win @ 17/20 with William Hill
Oldham Athletic V Crewe Alexandra
Struggling Crewe are still rooted to the foot of League One in spite of last week’s shock win over Bristol City and there is a strong chance that they’ll be staying there after this trip to Boundary Park.
A combination of least efficient attack and most vulnerable defence has been a recipe for disaster at Gresty Road and recent away defeats to Scunthorpe and Leyton Orient have really turned the heat up on Steven Davis men.
Oldham’s recent record does not make for good reading as Lee Johnson’s men have recently lost 4-0 and 7-0 in their last two matches. Nevertheless, the Laticss can be confident heading into this contest and should bounce back to winning ways against rock-bottom Crewe.
Crewe have shipped 22 goals in just 10 away games this season. Expect a wounded Oldham to bite back from their recent defeats by adding to Alexandra’s woes.
Oldham Athletic win @ 8/13 with William Hill
Burton Albion V Tranmere Rovers
Our final selection comes from League Two and we’re tipping the Brewers to keep their promotion bid alive with an easy win against struggling Tranmere.
A 1-0 win at Dagenham was Tranmere’s first triumph in eight League Two away games and Michael Adams’ men are unlikely to follow that up with another at the Pirelli Stadium, especially as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s men are bidding to secure a return to the automatic places. Should results go their way, the Brewers could even go top and that should serve as a huge incentive for the hosts.
Burton boast 15 goals in just 10 home games. Equally impressive is their defensive record of just seven conceded in those matches and a they’ll be extra confident following clean sheets in each of their last two.
Conversely, the visitors have hit just eight goals on the road, leaking 13 at the other end. Despite Tranmere’s recent improvements, Burton should have more than enough quality to secure the points.
Burton Albion win @ 10/11 with William Hill
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