Christmas is already here and that only means one thing: boxing day football. The Premier League gives us the best games every December 26 and this year won’t be the exception. We’ll see a lot of good matches, including the leader and his closest pursuer going at it.
However, this day saves some interesting facts and talkSPORT took a look at the records of the current 20 teams in the top flight. Based on point per game, the so-called ‘top six’ dominates England every year on Boxing Day.
It’s not a shock that Manchester United, the most successful club in Premier history, sit atop the list. They aren’t the same team since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, but remain comfortably ahead in these standings after winning 20 of their 25 Boxing Day games, amassing an 80 percent win rate and 63 points over the years.
Arsenal follow United in second place, with Liverpool and Tottenham breathing down their neck. The current champions, Manchester City, are only sixth in this table but this is not surprising as they’ve been competing at the top only from the 2009/10 season.
Now, if we look at the teams that aren’t fans of playing after Christmas day, Newcastle have the worst record of all. They’ve only won 20 points from 24 games and have a win rate of just 21 percent.
Behind them, we can find Aston Villa, who have recently returned to the top flight after a three-year absence. Wolves, Norwich and Leicester are joint third-worst on a Boxing Day, trying to turn things around this year and pick up some points.
We’ll have some good matches this Thursday, like Chelsea facing Southampton or Arsenal visiting Bournemouth under Mikel Arteta for the first time.
Nevertheless, the biggest game of the day is Liverpool vs. Leicester. The leaders and newly-crowned Club World Cup champions want to keep their good pace on the way to win the Premier League for their first time ever.
The Reds and the Foxes will clash in a game that nobody wants to miss.