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Goals and shocks in store on Boxing Day

15 Jun 2018
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool

Matches that will take place on 26 December present high-scoring possibilities in the 2018/19 Premier League

Boxing Day is traditionally one of the most popular days in the Premier League calendar and fans would not be wrong to expect goals this year.

Liverpool v Newcastle United is one of the Premier League's most high-scoring fixtures, averaging more than three goals a match. It will be the fixture that heads the bill on 26 December.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez returns to Anfield for an encounter that produced one of the competition's greatest matches, Liverpool's 4-3 win over Kevin Keegan's side in April 1996.

Repeat shocks?

The Boxing Day fixtures also include a number of matches that produced surprise results in 2017/18.

Arsenal travel to Brighton & Hove Albion, where they lost 2-1 last season.

Chelsea fans will shiver at the memories of last season's visit to Watford, where they saw their team succumb to a 4-1 defeat.

Manchester United face Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford in 2017/18, where they beat the Terriers last season. But United know Huddersfield cannot be underestimated after suffering defeat at the John Smith's Stadium last October.

Also on Boxing Day, champions Manchester City travel to Leicester City, who beat Pep Guardiola's side 4-2 at the King Power Stadium in 2016/17. 

Southampton face West Ham United, which produced a 3-2 home win last term, while two of the promoted teams go head-to-head as Wolverhampton Wanderers travel to Fulham.

26 December 2018 fixtures

Brighton v Arsenal
Burnley v Everton
Crystal Palace v Cardiff City
Fulham v Wolves
Leicester City v Man City
Liverpool v Newcastle United
Man Utd v Huddersfield Town
Southampton v West Ham 
Spurs v AFC Bournemouth
Watford v Chelsea

Fixture-release content 

Part 1: Premier League fixtures for 2018/19 announced
Part 2: Champions City hand Emery a tough start
Part 3: London and Merseyside set for triple derby special
Part 5: Will City avoid unwanted champions' hat-trick?
Part 6: Promoted clubs eye historic winning treble
Part 7: Top five set for late-season showdowns
Part 8: Tough finishes can inspire Wagner and Hughton
Part 9: Drogba the last of the MW1 hat-trick heroes

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