Manchester United head the Premier League Boxing Day performance table
Manchester United have the biggest reason to celebrate this Christmas, with the Red Devils being securing their place as the all-time Premier League Boxing Day champions.
United, who will take on Burnley on December 26 this year, sit top of the tree, with an average of 2.57 points per match on Boxing Day. They lead the way ahead of Arsenal, on 2.05, Liverpool on 1.95, and Tottenham on 1.90.
The Red Devils also lead the way for goals scored on Boxing Day, with United giving their fans the gift of 2.61 goals per game – the only Premier League side to average over two a match. Local rivals Manchester City are next in the list, with 1.89 goals/game.
However, City do miss out on a spot in the top four, alongside Chelsea, with their average points per match played on Boxing Day seeing them sit in fifth and sixth respectively.
At the other end of the table, struggling West Brom sit last, managing just 0.45 points per game in a real festive hangover. With Alan Pardew’s side currently enduring a club record 17-match winless run in all competitions, the omens aren’t good ahead of their match against Everton.
One stat that United aren’t top of though, is goals conceded. Surprisingly, it is Burnley who top that particular table, with the watertight Clarets conceding just 0.67 goals per game immediately after Christmas.
With Brighton and Huddersfield having never played a Premier League game on Boxing Day, Southampton, Newcastle, Bournemouth, Leicester and West Brom make up the bottom five clubs who may have eaten too many mince pies over the festive period.
As Christmas approaches, fans of those five will be hoping their sides aren’t naughty, but nice, and that they don’t gift-wrap three points for the opposition once again this year.
Christmas might have come early this year for Manchester United fans, with our research showing that they have the Premier League’s best Boxing Day record. Three points again this time around against Burnley will make for a very happy holidays indeed at Old Trafford.
The news isn’t so good for fans of West Brom, who sit at the bottom of the tree. After a terrible run of form, it may well take a Christmas miracle for that to change this year against Everton.