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Spurs to put Saints to the sword

Spurs to put Saints to the sword

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As long as it takes to arrive, Christmas Day soon makes way for the biggest day of football of the year.

Boxing Day once again throws up some intriguing clashes, starting at lunchtime when Tottenham host Southampton.

Harry Kane bagged a hat-trick to beat Burnley 3-0 last time out and Mauricio Pochettino has a decent record against his former team, doing the double over them last term.

Saints for their part are playing well but not scoring enough, an issue that again cost them in their 1-1 at home to Huddersfield.

Wembley remains a bit of an elephant in the room for the Lilywhites but they should not have any issues in this one and 11/10 for the home win to zero is one that certainly appeals.

Manchester United and Chelsea are amongst those in action at three o’clock but there are bigger issues to discuss elsewhere.

I’m afraid to say it could be another tough day for West Brom when they welcome Everton.

Alan Pardew will point to the fact they scored at Stoke as reason for optimism but they still lost 3-1 and are only heading one way.

Everton are going in the other direction and Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Chelsea extended Sam Allardyce’s unbeaten run in charge of the club.

It seems hard to look past the Toffees in this one and 2/1 seems just too good to turn down.

Another game that stands out is Bournemouth’s match against West Ham.

The Cherries were thumped 4-0 at Manchester City on Saturday but so is everyone else and they will look forward to welcoming the Hammers who lost out 3-2 to Newcastle.

This is a tough one to call, especially as the east Londoners won 4-1 at Swansea this time last year and seem to suite playing on the road.

However, the Cherries need the points just as much and could just sneak it at 9/5.

Finally at 5:30, Liverpool welcome Swansea and will be hoping to ensure their defensive faults are not as clinically exposed.

Friday’s 3-3 draw at Arsenal may have been great for us neutrals but did nothing for Jurgen Klopp’s reputation when it comes to coaching defenders.

Swansea battled to a 1-1 draw at home to Crystal Palace but the gulf in class is likely to counteract their spirit.

Liverpool are on fire and with the home win so short, instead go all out for over 3.5 goals at 21/20.

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