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Monday's Sport: Arsenal look to extend Premier League advantage

Football and racing have forever been mainstays of the Boxing Day sporting calendar and Monday is packed full of action from each.

There are no fewer than 39 Premier League and EFL games, while it is a bumper day of racing, including the King George VI Chase at Kempton.

Premier League: Top flight back with a bang

What: Arsenal v West Ham
Where: Emirates Stadium
When: 20:00, Monday 26th December
How to watch: Amazon Prime
Odds: Arsenal 1/2, Draw 10/3, West Ham 11/2

After six weeks away, the Premier League returns on Boxing Day with seven matches on the agenda.

Harry Kane will hope to put his World Cup heartache behind him when Tottenham make the short trip to Brentford at 12:30.

There are then four 15:00 matches, including Julen Lopetegui’s first Premier League match in charge of Wolves at Everton, before Liverpool head to Aston Villa at 17:30.

However, the game of the day could be the late match at the Emirates where leaders Arsenal host London rivals West Ham.

The Gunners have excelled to sit five points clear at the top of the Premier League table and with Manchester City not playing until Wednesday, have the chance to extend their advantage. 

However, they received a huge blow during the hiatus, with the news that star striker Gabriel Jesus may be out until February or March with a knee injury.

Mikel Arteta has said that he could head into the January market for reinforcements but in the meantime, Eddie Nketiah has the chance to shine.

The 23-year-old netted the winner when these two met in September 2020 and is 8/5 as an Anytime Goalscorer against a West Ham side who have failed to fire this term and start the day 16th in the table.

EFL: Blades continue Championship promotion push

What: Sheffield United v Coventry
Where: Bramall Lane, Sheffield
When: 15:00, Monday 26th December
How to watch: Sky Sports Red Button
Odds: Sheffield United 4/6, Draw 14/5, Coventry 17/4

It is also a packed day of EFL football, with 10 Championship games to look forward to, including Sheffield United v Coventry.

A big victory could see the Blades go top of the pile and they are going well, winning their last three matches.

However, Coventry are fresh from their midweek 1-0 triumph over West Brom and could end the day in the play-offs. The Sky Blues will also still have a game in hand.

There are also 11 games apiece from Leagues One and Two.

Horse Racing: Fabulous festive fare

What: Horse Racing
Where: Down Royal, Newcastle, Wetherby, Market Rasen, Fontwell, Leopardstown, Huntingdon, Kempton, Wincanton, Limerick and Wolverhampton.
When: 11.40am-5.20pm, Monday 26th December
How to watch: Sky Sports Racing, Racing TV and ITV, as well as the bet365 Sports Live Streaming platform.

Boxing Day is always a bumper day of racing action and there are a full 11 cards to look forward to.

Newcastle, Wetherby, Market Rasen, Fontwell, Huntingdon and Wincanton all host Jumps action, while there is all-weather racing from Wolverhampton.

However, the highlight of the day is at Kempton where they have four Grade 1s: the rearranged Long Walk Hurdle (12.45), the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase (1.20), the Christmas Hurdle (1.55) and the feature King George VI Chase (2.30).

The latter sees Paul Nicholls’ Bravemansgame included at 9/4 Win and Each Way after winning upon his return in October’s bet365 Charlie Hall Chase.

However, Venetia Williams’ 7/4 L’Homme Presse is also expected to go well after reappearing in style with last month’s victory at Newcastle.

There are also three Irish cards. Down Royal gets the day going and Grade 1s at both Leopardstown and Limerick.

Leopardstown hosts a Novice Chase at 2.20 where the Gordon Elliott-trained pair of Fil Dor and Hollow Games take on Willie Mullins’ Saint Roi and Dysart Dynamo.

These include a Grade 1 Novice Chase at 2.20 which features the Gordon Elliott-trained pair of Fil Dor and Hollow Games, while Willie Mullins’ interest is led by Saint Roi and Dysart Dynamo.

Meanwhile at Limerick, the Faugheen Novice Chase goes off at 2.08

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