The festive period has always been a busy one for English football, and this year is no different. The upcoming week will see the Premier League play on Boxing Day, then again over the weekend, and then once again on New Year’s Day – three rounds of fixtures condensed into one action-packed week. This is, of course, a long-standing tradition – Christmas and the New Year just do not feel the same without football. Of course, jam-packed weeks like this one bring the opportunity to ‘earn’ some extra Christmas cheer, if you will. Fans can get onto betting houses like bet365 through betting and mobile betting – instuctions for the app (by Appmodo) are here.

The English league season so far has seen one side show incredible levels of consistency and efficiency, while their closest challengers have floundered. Liverpool are currently unbeaten and on top of the table by a massive ten points, while Manchester City are third, a point behind surprise package Leicester City, whom they beat over the weekend. Chelsea are just about clinging on to fourth spot, ahead of yet another surprise in Sheffield United, while the likes of Spurs, Manchester United and Arsenal struggle to put together a consistent run of form to challenge for a Champions League place. The bottom of the table sees Watford, Aston Villa and Norwich City in the relegation zone, although the Hornets picked up three valuable points against Manchester United over the weekend. Southampton are being kept afloat by Danny Ings’ goals, while West Ham have been dreadful for most of the season and could easily get sucked into the relegation mire. Everton, surprisingly enough, are down there as well, although Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment should improve things for the Merseyside outfit soon enough. Liverpool have thrived this season despite being more defensively vulnerable than seen previously; their relentlessness has provided several last-minute winners this season, while Sadio Mane has probably been the best player in the league this calendar year. Jamie Vardy continues to roll back the years as he tops the goalscoring charts and shows no sign of slowing down, propelling Leicester to a top-four berth at the very least.

English football fans have a plethora of betting options to choose from over this festive period. While there are individual matches to place wagers on, we shall look at some of the competition bets that may provide value. Liverpool are clear favourites to win the title, as reflected by their 1.14 price, while City are at 7.00, showing just how difficult a task it will be for Pep Guardiola to haul his side back into title contention. Leicester are a decent pick at 1.25 to finish in the top four, while Chelsea are at 1.50 and Spurs at 2.50. One can go for Manchester United at 6.00 if there is belief that United can put together a sustained run of form and beat weaker sides to move up the table. Jamie Vardy leads the race to be the top scorer at 2.00, while Harry Kane is backed to make up a significant gap at 8.00.

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