The festive football kicks off tonight with Mersey Monday, as Klopp takes his high-pressing Liverpool team to Goodison to face Koeman’s inconsistent Everton.
Liverpool’s last game saw them batter Middlesbrough away, courtesy of an in-form Lallana. Lukaku’s second strike of the game was too little too late against Watford, and it’s Koeman’s team that probably needs this win more right now, with top four aspirations drifting further away.
The game is live tonight from 7pm on Sky Sports 1 HD, with kick-off at 8pm.
The traditional Boxing Day bonanza serves up two live games on Sky Sports. The early match-up of Watford and Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road keeps the pressure on Pardew’s Eagles, who are only three points away from bottom spot. They need points, but Watford have had some great results at home and go in as favourites.
That match kicks off at 12.30pm, and then the 5.15pm game sees Hull City host Pep’s unpredictable Man City side. Aguero serves the final game of his suspension, but Guardiola’s team will be buoyant after a strong second-half against Arsenal that earned them a key victory.
Hull sit rock bottom of the league, and conceding 36 goals hasn’t helped, but the Premier League is great for a shock result, which is exactly what we’ll all be calling a Boxing Day win for Mike Phelan’s side.
Liverpool are back on Sky Sports 1 on the 27th, as Stoke City visit Anfield (kick-off 5.15pm), and then on the 28th Pochettino takes his Spurs side to St. Mary’s Stadium for a potentially tricky match against Southamption (kick-off 7.45pm).
The South Coast side have to be given credit for their resilience, given that managers and players alike are harvested with alarming consistency, not least by Spurs. The return of Poch, Alderweireld and Wanyama should be sure to rouse the crowd, bringing the best out of the Saints.
The final Sky Sports live game of 2016 sees Hull City host Everton on the 30th, kicking off at 8pm (Sky Sports 1).
This is followed by a stack of games on New Year’s Eve at 3pm, which you can follow with Jeff and co. on Soccer Saturday. These games include Manchester United vs. Middlebrough at Old Trafford, Chelsea vs. Stoke City at Stamford Bridge and West Ham’s visit to Leicester City.
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