Something for Boxing Day: Christmas bonus for Eriksen?

Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen has the chance to start a couple of games, with Son out suspended.

The growing influence of Jack Grealish and Heung-Min Son's understudy at Spurs make Jamie Pacheco's things to lookout for in the Boxing Day fixtures.

"Coady will certainly have his work cut on Friday, though. Wolves host a Man City side who were excellent against Leicester at the weekend and odds of 15/2 for the home win tell you all you need to know about their steep task."

Who's coming in for 'bad boy' Son?

For all of Heung-min Son's admirable qualities, he's running the risk of acquiring a reputation of being a bit of a bad boy. His red card for that rather innocuous tackle on Andre Gomes a few weeks ago may have been rightfully rescinded but the FA could have taken a rather more dim view of things nonetheless, given the damage caused to the Portuguese international.

He was sent off on Sunday for an off-the-ball incident and will now miss three matches and also received a three-match ban after dismissed late last season.


However, it might present an opportunity for the likes of Christian Eriksen or Ryan Sessegnon to get a couple of starts over the Festive season. They couldn't be at more different stages of their career; the former appears to be off after not penning a new deal, while the latter has hardly played at all after getting injured at the start of the campaign, having only signed for the club in the summer.

Eriksen looks favourite to play against Brighton on Boxing Day and is 7/1 to open the scoring. It could yet be the start of a remarkable turnaround if he does get going and decide that his future lies at White Hart Lane, after all.

Jack of the footballing trade

If you want an indication of how the future is bright for English football, then just look at Jack Grealish. He's nowhere near the England side at the moment with the likes of Dele Alli, Mason Mount, Ross Barkley and Harry Winks all ahead of him in the pecking order.

But watch him play and you'd be tempted to say he's unlucky to not already have 15 or 20 caps to his name. He's certainly Villa's main man.

The skipper already has five goals and four assists for the season which makes him top and joint-top for goals and assists respectively at Villa Park.

What price he makes it six goals when Norwich visit the 'second city"? It's 21/10 he scores and somewhat less likely 12/1 he gets two or more.

Henderson in sharp form for the Blades

The calls for Dean Henderson to return to Old Trafford from his loan spell with Sheffield United have come after a howler from David de Gea at Watford on Sunday. They seem a little premature and unfair on a player who has arguably been United's best for the last five years but there's been absolutely nothing wrong with Henderson's efforts so far this season.

He's on seven clean sheets for the campaign already and has made plenty of eye-catching saves in what has been an all-round excellent start for the Blades so far. And for good measure, United's goal on Saturday to win the game came from an assist from Henderson.

But it's back to the day job of keeping the ball out on Thursday against Watford. It's 15/8 United win without conceding.

The ever-present Coady

You wouldn't be too surprised if when Nuno Espirito Santo goes on holiday, he takes Conor Coady with him.

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After all, the Wolves defender has played every single minute of Premier League football (56 games) under Espirito Santo. It's hard enough to do that as a goalkeeper but as a defender it's a truly remarkable feat.

Coady will certainly have his work cut on Friday, though. Wolves host a Manchester City side who were excellent against Leicester at the weekend and odds of 15/2 for the home win tell you all you need to know about their steep task, in what is the last match of the round.

Good luck predicting the unpredictable at Old Trafford

Good luck trying to predict a Man Utd result these days. After a good start to the month, United went and ruined plenty of good work with a draw at home to Everton and worse still, a defeat at Watford.

They host a Newcastle side in surprisingly good form. They've won three of their last four and one of those was a 'shock' away win at Sheffield United.

Predicting the outcome of this one doesn't look any easier. In the last ten between the two sides there were wins for United by 4-1, 3-1. 3-2 and 4-0, but also a 3-3 draw, a 0-0 draw and a couple of 1-0 wins for Newcastle at home.

If in doubt, lay the short-priced favourite. United haven't played like a 1.384/11 favourite all year so that looks like one to take on.

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