Premier League LIVE: Follow all the coverage from the 3pm Boxing Day matches as Manchester City host Leicester City in the standout fixture, while Arsenal travel to Norwich
- Manchester City face Leicester and Norwich vs Arsenal both kick-off at 3pm
- West Ham vs Southampton and Tottenham vs Crystal Palace are the other 3pms
- Latest Premier League news, including live action and results
- Premier League table – as it stands
The Premier League’s Boxing Day bonanza begins with four matches at 3pm as the festive football continues.
Table-topping Manchester City face Leicester City in what is bound to be an entertain match-up, while in-form Arsenal travel to bottom side Norwich City.
Follow Sportsmail’s Kieran Lynch for live Premier League coverage with four 3pm kick-offs going ahead on Boxing Day, being Manchester City vs Leicester, Norwich vs Arsenal, Tottenham vs Crystal Palace and West Ham vs Southampton. We’ll bring you the build-up, team news and updates across all the fixtures.
Ryan Bertrand has picked up an injury in the warm-up and he is replaced on the bench by Vontae Daley-Campbell.
Less than five minutes to go until kick-off and the players are heading out onto the pitch.
On Boxing Day in 2019, Mikel Arteta took charge of Arsenal for the first time in a 1-1 draw away at Bournemouth.
In 107 games, with 60 wins, 18 draws and 29 losses later, there are still doubts lingering within the Arsenal fan base as to whether Arteta is the right man to take the club forward.
Today though Mikel Arteta’s side could extend their gap to fifth place to six points if results go their way.
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Manchester City have won this fixture on eight of the last ten occasions – though Leicester did take a 5-2 victory at the Etihad famously last season with Jamie Vardy netting a hat-trick.
The hosts are also unbeaten in their last eight home league games on Boxing Day – with their last defeat coming against Port Vale in the second tier back in 1997.
Leicester’s Boxing Day form doesn’t sit as pretty reading however, winning just once in their prior 11 attempts – though that one time did come against Man City back in 2018-19.
It’s not been a great season for Leicester, though it started off with promise after beating Manchester City in the Community Shield final thanks to an 89th minute Kelechi Iheanacho penalty.
But the sides have met more recent than that, with Bernardo Silva scoring a 62nd minute winner at the King Power back in September.
Well safe to say there was a lot of confusion surrounding today’s fixture between Tottenham and Crystal Palace.
It looked last night like the game was to be called off after reports of Covid-19 cases within the travelling team.
Today though Tottenham put a post on social media which indicated the match was to go ahead – which was then later confirmed.
There’s only one change to the Crystal Palace team from their 2-2 draw with Southampton on December 15, with Joachim Andersen replacing Marc Guehi.
However, the Eagles are without Christian Benteke, Vicente Guaita, Eberechi Eze, Luka Milivojevic and Michael Oliseh – while manager Patrick Vieira is also absent.
Leicester are away to reigning Premier League Champions Manchester City today – who could extend their gap at the top to six points today, in part thanks due to Liverpool’s postponed game with Leeds.
It’s a tricky run of games for Brendan Rodgers’ side who lost to Liverpool on penalties in the Carabao Cup, and again face Liverpool on the 28th in the league.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has added his voice to the growing concern over this year’s holiday schedule and insisted it is ‘not good’ for the players.
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Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Sanchez, Dier, Tanganga, Emerson, Hojbjerg, Skipp, Reguilon, Lucas Moura, Son, Kane
Subs: Doherty, Winks, Gil Salvatierra, Rodon, Alli, Gollini, Bergwijn, Ndombele, Davies
Crystal Palace: Butland, Ward, Andersen, Tomkins, Mitchell, Gallagher, Kouyate, Hughes, Ayew, Edouard, Zaha
Subs: Guehi, Mateta, Schlupp, Matthews, Kelly, Ferguson, Riedewald
West Ham: Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Masuaku, Soucek, Rice, Vlasic, Fornals, Benrahma, Bowen
Subs: Yarmolenko, Antonio, Lanzini, Areola, Noble, Fredericks, Johnson, Kral, Ashby
Southampton: Forster, Livramento, Bednarek, Salisu, Walker-Peters, Elyounoussi, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Redmond Walcott, Broja
Subs: Long, Adam Armstrong, Adams, Caballero, Perraud, Stuart Armstrong, Diallo, Valery, Simeu.
Norwich: Gunn, Aarons, Kabak, Gibson, Williams, Dowell, Gilmour, McLean, Placheta, Pukki, Sargent
Subs: Byram, Cantwell, Tzolis, Lees-Melou, Mumba, Giannoulis, McGovern, Idah
Arsenal: Ramsdale, White, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Lacazette
Subs: Patino, Leno, Smith Rowe, Pepe, Tavares, Pablo Mari, Sambi Lokonga, Elneny, Nketiah
Merry Christmas everybody and welcome to Sportsmail’s live coverage of today’s 3pm kick-offs headlined by Manchester City’s clash with Leicester.
Hope you all had a great day yesterday and today we do have some games going ahead after a number were called off due to the recent surge in Covid-19 cases.
Kieran Lynch with you today and I’ll be bringing you all the build-up and updates from across the Premier League’s 3pm kick-offs – starting with the line-ups!
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