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BETTING PREVIEW: PREMIER LEAGUE, BOXING DAY

Manchester City will be intent on consolidating a handy lead at the top of the English Premier League standings when they take on Leicester City on Boxing Day.

Not too long ago, it was Chelsea who held a position of prominence at the top of the table, but City have received an early Christmas present as the Blues and Reds have slipped up in the last several weeks.

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The Sky Blues have meanwhile racked up big wins over Newcastle and Leeds, which followed victories against Wolves, Watford and Aston Villa as they’ve enjoyed a triumphant December.

Of course it all comes against the more serious backdrop of the season being thrown under a cloud of Covid-19 concern as positive cases spread across the league, with several matches having to be postponed.

The League is aiming to push on, with an action-packed Boxing Day set of fixtures still scheduled to go ahead.

It’s the clash between City and Leicester that will headline the traditional day of widespread action, while Liverpool will be looking to secure a big win over 16th-placed Leeds.

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For Chelsea, who are now six log points adrift of City (and three behind Liverpool), they face a crucial away fixture against Aston Villa. BET ON THIS GAME HERE!

Meanwhile, fourth-placed Arsenal have an opportunity to maintain their resurgence and keep hold of a crucial Champions League qualifying berth by targeting a comfortable victory against bottom-placed Norwich.

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Manchester City’s Boxing Day fixture against Leicester is expected to go ahead despite the Foxes’ recent problems with Covid-19, and that remains the main game to look out for.

City manager Pep Guardiola has hinted that he left players out of the line-up this past weekend due to off the pitch behaviour, and has said that he will use this week to see if he makes a similar decision ahead of the Boxing Day clash.

“It depends on the training sessions,” he commented. “What I see on and off the pitch, how the players behave in this period, I will then take a decision.”

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