Football fans will be treated to a full round of midweek Premier League fixtures as the busy festive period gets underway. Watford host Man City on Tuesday night and the champions should feel confident in their ability to pick up a comfortable win. The pick of the midweek fixtures sees Man Utd and Arsenal face off at Old Trafford. The Red Devils have slumped to consecutive draws against Crystal Palace and Southampton. They are now 16 points behind leaders Man City and manager Jose Mourinho looks in real trouble. Arsenal have a horrendous recent record at Old Trafford, but betting has been evenly split between the teams. It might be better to look at "both teams to score" and "over" 2.5 goals in this one, as both defences are seriously suspect. Chelsea look well priced to beat Wolves on the road, while Everton should vanquish Newcastle at home, while Spurs should also beat Southampton. Then the action resumes again on Saturday and Chelsea host Man City in a massive clash, whereby Man City will look like a great choice to take all three points.
The defending Super Bowl champion Eagles are entering Last Chance Saloon this season and they have a crucial game against the Redskins on Monday night. The Eagles are 5-6 for the year and still reeling from an absolute thrashing they suffered at the hands of the New Orleans Saints. However, they returned to winning ways against the Giants last time out, while the Redskins are on a two-game losing streak and Philadelphia could move level with them in the NFC East if they can secure victory in this game. They are 4/6 with Bet365 to win with a -4.5 point handicap and that looks interesting due to the Redskins’ poor form and their starting quarterback sidelined.
WBA lightweight champion Lomachenko, the world’s top-ranked pound-for-pound boxer, will take on WBO champion Pedraza in a unification bout at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday. The Ukrainian has become the first man to win major titles in three weight classes, following an amateur career that saw him win two Olympic gold medals and finish with a 396-1 record. He is coming off a stunning 11th-round knockout of Jorge Linares in May, and he should prove too hot for Pedraza to handle. On the same night, Kell Brook will put his WBC super-welterweight title on the line against Michael Zerafa, a fight he is widely expected to win.
A featherweight championship battle between Max Holloway and Brian Ortega is the main event at UFC 231 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. Champion Holloway is the slight favourite at 5/6 with Bet Stars, but more money is going on challenger Ortega, who is best priced at 11/10 with William Hill and Betfred. A co-headlining slot sees Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk lock horns for the vacant women's flyweight championship belt. Alex Oliveira faces Gunnar Nelson on the main card, while Hakeem Dawodu takes on Kyle Bochniak and Jimi Manuwa faces Thiago Santos.
Two cricketing heavyweights will clash in Australia for the first Test this week and the 6/4 available at Bet365 on a victory for India looks attractive. Australia have struggled ever since stars Steve Smith, Dave Warner and Cameron Bancroft were banned due to a ball-tampering scandal. India are the world’s top ranked Test team, while Australia are down in fifth, and Virat Kohli’s men have the ability to seize this first Test.