What a treat we have for you on Boxing Day as talkSPORT will provide you with live commentary of all nine Boxing Day matches in the Premier League exclusively for the first time ever.
We will also have full commentary of Wolves vs Manchester City LIVE on talkSPORT on December 27, kick-off 7:45pm.
Boxing Day football is one of the many things which makes the game in England so great, however, some teams seem to enjoy playing on that day more than others.
talkSPORT.com has taken a look at the Boxing Day fortunes of all 20 teams currently in the top flight. Below you can see the top ten sides who can deliver the goods on the 26th during the Premier League’s 27-year history based on points per game.
*Research conducted by Paddy Power Games. Not all findings based on results while playing in Premier League
The top ten Boxing Day sides during the Premier League era
*Results based on points per game
1. Manchester United (2.52 points per game)
2. Arsenal (2.05 points per game)
3. Liverpool (2.04 points per game)
4. Tottenham (2.00 points per game)
5. Chelsea (1.73 points per game)
6. Manchester City (1.63 points per game)
7. Sheffield United (1.56 points per game)
8. West Ham (1.50 points per game)
9. Bournemouth (1.45 points per game)
10. Brighton (1.43 points per game)
The so-called ‘Big Six’ dominate the Boxing Day table and perhaps it’s no shock that the Premier League’s most successful team, Manchester United, are top of the tree.
The Red Devils have faded since Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013 but they are still comfortably ahead in these standings having won 20 of their 25 Boxing Day games, amassing an 80 per cent win rate and 63 points over the years.
Arsenal are second, with Liverpool and Tottenham breathing down their neck.
Manchester City are only sixth in this table but again this is no surprise as their sustained time competing at the top only came from the 2009/10 season.
Much like in the real Premier League table, Sheffield United are a surprise package with a 1.56 points per game average although 2019/20 is only the Blades’ fourth appearance in the top flight since 1992/93.
The same should also be said for Bournemouth and Brighton who only joined the Premier League in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Meanwhile, West Ham have played in 21 of the 27 Premier League seasons.
Now let’s look at which ten teams currently in the top flight who really don’t like playing on the day after Christmas.
The top ten unlucky clubs on Boxing Day
*Results based on points per game
1. Newcastle (0.83 points per game)
2. Aston Villa (0.88 points per game)
3= Wolves (1.04 points per game)
3= Norwich (1.04 points per game)
3= Leicester (1.04 points per game)
6. Burnley (1.10 points per game)
7= Watford (1.18 points per game)
7= Southampton (1.18 points per game)
9. Crystal Palace (1.22 points per game)
10. Everton (1.34 points per game)
They were a force to be reckoned with in the 90s but Newcastle just cannot seem to do it on a Boxing Day and they are the worst-performing December 26 side of the teams currently in the top flight.
The Magpies have picked up a measly 20 points from 24 games and have a win rate of just 21 per cent.
Just behind them are 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. This is somewhat surprising as Wolves and Norwich have only been in the Premier League for a combined total of 12 seasons so will have had chances to pick up points in lower leagues.
Meanwhile Leicester, who won the Premier League in 2015/16, are not good on Boxing Day and they’ve only been playing in the top flight 12 times since 1992/93.
Everton, who have been disappointing so far this season, narrowly miss out on a place in the top half of the Boxing Day table although they are the only team in the bottom-half list to have remained in the Premier League since its inception.
The Ten Games of Christmas on talkSPORT
talkSPORT will be covering all nine Premier League Boxing Day games exclusively for the first time ever, with a further game on December 27. Find out what the matches are and where you can hear them, below…
- Tottenham vs Brighton (Thursday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT
- Bournemouth vs Arsenal (Thursday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2
- Aston Villa vs Norwich (Thursday, 3pm) – talkSPORT app
- Chelsea vs Southampton (Thursday, 3pm) – talkSPORT app
- Crystal Palace vs West Ham (Thursday, 3pm) – talkSPORT app
- Everton vs Burnley (Thursday, 3pm) – talkSPORT app
- Sheffield United vs Watford (Thursday, 3pm) – talkSPORT app
- Manchester United vs Newcastle (Thursday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT
- Leicester vs Liverpool (Thursday, 8pm) – talkSPORT
- Wolves vs Man City (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT