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This upcoming weekend will host an array of football matches and the experts at Football Whispers have picked a few games across the top leagues in Europe and have compiled tips on the best markets you should bet on. Read on for today's betting tips that might come in handy.

Please note that all odds are subject to change.

Today’s Boxing Day tips: EPL predictions

Leicester v Manchester United - Full-Time Result: Draw @ 13/5


What better way to start Boxing day but with a battle between the 2nd and the 3rd team in the league table? Our prediction for a draw does not mean that the match is going to be boring. We think that both teams will want to make sure they will not lose the match instead of trying too hard to win it.

In their last 5 matches, Leicester has 5 victories and 2 losses - they are bound to finish one in a draw. Additionally, Manchester United have had 4 victories and a draw in their last 5 matches. Interestingly enough, 3 of those 4 victories came in away matches. Against a very gritty Leicester defense, we don't see Manchester United winning a 4th straight away game.

It makes sense to pick a good price that we can get on the draw selection and still hope for many goals. What stops us from observing a 3:3 goal show? Nothing.

Place the bet with bet365 here

Arsenal v Chelsea - BTTS: Yes @ 3/4​


This is not a bad price at all. Yes, Arsenal is in bad shape but there is no reason to think they will not score in this match. Arsenal lost 4 out of 5 matches but scored in 3 of them. They will play at home and given the fact that the London rival Chelsea is visiting on Boxing day, we are pretty optimistic that the Gunners will be able to find the net at least once.

As far as Chelsea's chances to score go, in their last 5 matches, they could not score against Everton and Tottenham and both those teams are above Chelsea in the league table. What's more, Arsenal's defense a shambles right now. They have allowed a total of 8 goals in their last 5 matches and they have faced teams like Burnley and Wolves which are far from being the league's gold standard for attacking football.

The return is decent and the bet definitely comes with a good value.

Place the bet with bet365 here 

Manchester City v Newcastle - Half Time Result: Man City @ 2/5​


We expect Manchester City to win the game relatively easily but the odds are not worth it. This is why we are going with the Citizens to win the first half. The only match in their last 5 in which Manchester City couldn't score in the first half was their 0-0 draw against Manchester United and the Red Devils are currently in 3rd place.

Now Manchester City faces an average team with below-average defense and their fast-paced attackers should find the net in the first 45 minutes.

We aren't worried about Newcastle scoring as they have managed to score only 17 goals in 13 games. To make matters worse, Manchester City has conceded only 12 goals (fewest in the league) so far.

Depending on the Citizens' performance at the start of the match, it is worth looking to bet on them to score before the 15th or the 30th minute. The odds will likely be very appealing.

Place the bet with bet365 here 

This rounds up our weekend football predictions.

What are the most popular bets to place on football?

There is no straightforward answer to that question. In fairness, most people prefer picking a side and placing a wager on the match betting market. Is that a smart strategy? Not always.

Match betting

Here you are asked to predict the outcome of a match. This market is available for every sport offered by bookies. For football, you have three choices. You get to pick the home team to win, the away team to win, or the match to finish in a draw. It's important to note that this market is only good for 90 minutes of playtime. Games that require a winner (knockout stages) still have this market, but it doesn't count in extra time and penalty shootouts.

Both teams to score


This is perhaps the second most popular football market that people bet. It is a fun way to wager money because you are not asked to pick a winner. You simply hope that both teams will or will not score a goal in the match. Teams that can keep clean sheets often are a good investment when playing against an inferior side. On the contrary, two good teams will typically score against one another, which is when the ''yes'' selection is viable.

Over/Under goals in the match

When you don't care who scores the goals and don't care who wins the match, you turn your head to this market. However, sometimes it is smart to be the ''Under'' selection.

The great part is that most bookies will offer you alternative lines for this market. You can bet O/U 0.5, 1.5, 2.5, 3.5 etc. Obviously, betting on "over 4.5'' or ''Under 0.5'' will net you quite the odds, but this is for a reason. Winners with such selections are particularly rare. 

Double Chance

This is a variation of the ‘’Match Betting’’ market where you get to pick 2 of the 3 outcomes. This sounds like something almost everyone can pull off, but it comes at a price. The odds will be lower, and you still have a chance to lose.

Many times, punters would bet the inferior team to win plus the draw selection. This is the best way to get better odds, but you are still left, hoping that the favoured side does not win.

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