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Mark Langdon's Boxing Day football tips

Boxing Day football is one of the great traditions in the English sporting calendar and there is a packed fixture list with games impacting both ends of the table with expert tipster Mark Langdon on hand to give his best bets.

Mark Langdon's Boxing Day football tips

Aston Villa Full Time Result @ 8/5
Bournemouth Full Time Result @ 23/20
Mohamed Salah Over 1.5 Shots On Target @ 6/4

Odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and subject to fluctuation.

Setting the scene…

There is not much Christmas cheer around Old Trafford at the moment and under-pressure Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag desperately needs a result at home to an Aston Villa side who are just one point off top spot.

Liverpool, who like Villa are on 39 points, will be aiming at the summit when they head to Burnley, while there is a huge game down at the bottom with Sheffield United hosting Luton.

In-form Bournemouth are favourites to see off Fulham and Nuno Espirito Santo goes in search of his first point as Nottingham Forest manager when the strugglers head to injury-hit Newcastle.

WhatEngland Premier League matches
WhereSt James' Park, Vitality Stadium, Bramall Lane, Turf Moor, Old Trafford
WhenTuesday 26th December
How to watchAmazon Prime

Aston Villa Full Time Result @ 8/5

When Manchester United won the EFL Cup in February it was supposed to mark the start of a new era at Old Trafford and the finish to last season also hinted at a bright future as the Red Devils qualified for the Champions League as well as reaching the FA Cup final.

However, there is not much to look forward to as we move closer to 2024 with United eliminated from Europe after finishing bottom of their Champions League, out of the EFL Cup following a defeat to Newcastle and eighth in the Premier League.

Saturday's 2-0 loss at West Ham was the latest bitter disappointment and there could be more to come with Aston Villa fancied to maintain their fine standards with a success at United.

Villa had a rare blip themselves on Friday, failing to justify short odds against Sheffield United in a 1-1 draw, however, Unai Emery's outfit have already beaten Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea this season so look well worth a bet at 8/5.

Mark Langdon’s Tip:

United, beset by injury problems, have won only one of their last seven games in all competitions and are on a run of failing to score in each of their last four matches. 

Only Sheffield United have scored fewer Premier League goals than the Red Devils' tally of 18 this season - that is 20 fewer than Villa - and the visitors can show exactly why they are currently 11 points superior to United.

Bournemouth Full Time Result @ 23/20

Bournemouth are one of the form teams in the Premier League and they can maintain their brilliant run by seeing off Fulham on home soil. 

The darlings of Dorset have played some quite delightful football during a sequence of six wins and a draw from the last eight league matches. 

Goals are not a problem for the Cherries, who have scored 13 times in the last five and Dominic Solanke is beginning to live up to the potential which has already seen the one-time England youth starlet represent Chelsea and Liverpool. 

Solanke struck a hat-trick in Saturday's 3-2 win at Nottingham Forest, while at the same time Fulham were beaten 2-0 by Burnley at Craven Cottage.

Mark Langdon’s Tip:

Bournemouth have won six of their last eight Premier League games and the only two exceptions came in an unfortunate 2-2 draw with Aston Villa and a defeat at Manchester City which is easily forgiven. 

Outside of that, the Cherries have claimed eye-catching wins over Newcastle and away to Manchester United and look ripe for backing at 23/20 against a Fulham side, who are once again missing the suspended influential forward Raul Jimenez. 

Mohamed Salah Over 1.5 Shots On Target @ 6/4

Mohamed Salah will soon be leaving Liverpool to join Egypt's Africa Cup of Nations squad but he can still have a major impact on the Merseysiders' bid for the Premier League title before departing early in the new year.

Salah has struck in three of his last four appearances and will be licking his lips at the prospect of tackling Burnley's defensive line which has come under siege against the stronger Premier League teams this season.

Burnley have already conceded three times at home to Aston Villa and Manchester City, while Tottenham scored five times at Turf Moor with all of those clubs able to take advantage of the space afforded to them by manager Vincent Kompany's aggressive high line.

Salah is 2/5 in the To Score or Assist market and the more appealing price is the 6/4 he has Over 1.5 Shots On Target.

Mark Langdon’s Tip:

Backing Salah to have at least two shots on target looks a sensible play given he has had at least one attempt on target in 12 of his last 14 starts for Liverpool in all competitions and he has been finding his range with even more frequency in recent weeks. 

Salah has had over 1.5 shots on target in three of his last four starts, including two against Arsenal and four against Manchester United. Burnley have allowed 103 shots on target against them this season - only Sheffield United have given up more - with Brighton forcing 11 efforts on goal in a match earlier this month.

Mark Langdon's Boxing Day football tips

Aston Villa Full Time Result @ 8/5
Bournemouth Full Time Result @ 23/20
Mohamed Salah Over 1.5 Shots On Target @ 6/4

Odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and subject to fluctuation.

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