Arsenal to go top, Aston Villa to win – 5 predictions for the Premier League on Boxing Day

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Henry got three of his predictions right last weekend, here’s his five for the Boxing Day fixtures.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Tuesday, December 2, 2014: Liverpool's Lucas Leiva in action against Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez during the Premier League match at Filbert Way. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Boxing Day may well be the most iconic day in the English football calendar and it promises to be another tasty serving of Premier League action.

Liverpool welcome league leaders Leicester City to Anfield, as the Foxes look to continue one of the most impressive and unexpected runs of form in Premier League history.

In-form Arsenal make the trip to Southampton in a potentially intriguing evening showdown, while Man City host Sunderland at the Etihad.

Struggling Man United visit Stoke, in what is certainly a must-not-lose game for Louis van Gaal, while a Jose Mourinho-less Chelsea are at home to Liverpool’s most recent slayers Watford.

This is just a taste of what is on offer, as the busy festive period really kicks into gear.

Here are five predictions for the Boxing Day action.

Leicester’s unbeaten run continues

Leicester’s trip to Anfield should be a fascinating contest and, in terms of form, everything should point towards a win for the visitors.

Claudio Ranieri’s men have not lost in the league since September, at home to Arsenal, and their recent run of results has been stunning. Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, in particular, have been unplayable.

Jurgen Klopp will know what a tricky game it promises to be on Saturday, but he will also believe his under-fire team can beat a team who, on paper, are inferior.

The Reds won’t have enough to earn all three points, however, and a draw looks a likely outcome.

Arsenal and Giroud march on

Arsenal look the real deal this season and their 2-1 win over Man City on Monday has made them definite favourites to win their first Premier League title since 2004.

The performances of Olivier Giroud have been a big reason for the Gunners’ success in 2015/16, with the France international scoring 14 goals in 24 appearances, in all competitions.

He will spearhead Arsenal‘s attack away to a Southampton side struggling to find their top form, and Arsene Wenger’s men are playing too well not to pick up all three points.

Giroud will score once again, and his side will strengthen their chances of winning the league in the process.

A win for Wenger’s side and a draw for Leicester will see the Gunners move top of the table.

Dull affair at the Britannia Stadium

Both Stoke and Man United are among the best defences in the Premier League so far this season, and there is every chance that their lunchtime meeting may not be a classic.

The Britannia Stadium isn’t the most appealing ground to visit at the best of times, but Louis van Gaal is going there knowing his job is very much on the line.

The Dutchman is a naturally negative manager these days, and there is every chance that he will set his United side up to avoid getting beaten.

Stoke will likely adopt a similar approach, and few chances will be created. One side may nick a narrow victory, but if not, a 0-0 draw seems likely.

Aston Villa finally win

Aston Villa’s 1-1 draw at Newcastle last weekend wasn’t exactly a result to make the world sit up and take notice, but it was at least a half-decent result for the Premier League‘s bottom-placed side.

Remi Garde’s men are desperately in need of a strong run of form if they are to avoid relegation to the Championship, and Saturday represents a decent chance of victory.

West Ham are not playing the football they were earlier on in the campaign, and although they are still a tricky opponent, they look beatable.

The Villa Park crowd will likely be in good festive spirits, and the hosts will simply want it more than the Hammers on the day.

Pulis to ‘do a Pulis’ on Swansea

West Brom have become one of the worst teams in the country to watch, and it is all because Tony Pulis is their manager.

The 57-year-old’s ugly approach does not sit well with many footballing purists, but in fairness to him, it gets results.

The Baggies’ loss at home to Bournemouth last weekend was a real surprise, but Pulis is excellent at getting a response from his players.

Swansea look very low on confidence at the moment, and Pulis will feel the relegation-threatened Welsh outfit are there for the taking at the Liberty Stadium. Expect a gritty away win for West Brom.

Enjoy the Boxing Day games and have a very Merry Christmas, from everyone here at This Is Anfield.

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