The busy Christmas programme begins with the first of two games in three days and three games in a week for every team. Here are the best of the Boxing Day bets

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Tottenham Hotspur to beat Leicester City at 21/20  Coral

Sunderland to beat Hull City at 23/20  William Hill

Everton to beat Stoke City  at  17/20 William Hill

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur

Five points adrift at the bottom, with no win in 12 league games, its almost now or never for Leicester City to turn around their fortunes. To do so, they will need to stop the one or two defensive mistakes per game that are costing them dearly, and convert some chances at the other end.

On Boxing day they face another tough fixture against Tottenham who lie 7th in the table, albeit with some inconsistent form but helped enormously by the form of Harry Kane who is the goalscorer with 14 goals in all competitions this season to date.

With Leicester struggling, the 21/20 available at Coral on an away win here is the price of the day. I expect them to win

Sunderland v Hull City

After their home loss to Swansea, Hull are winless in ten games. collecting just four points from a possible 30 and confidence has drained away as they lie deep in the relegation zone.

Sunderland are a few places above the relegation zone and on their day capable of performances that belie their struggles of the past few seasons as they showed in the North East Derby at the weekend. They have drawn 10 matches this season, the joint-most by a team in the first 16 games of a Premier League season but in a game that is likely to be low-scoring i fancy Sunderland to win by the odd goal and a price  at odds-against (23-20 William Hill) is great value against this opponent at such a low ebb

Everton v Stoke City

Stoke played on Monday night, losing in a hard and physical game, and the start to their Christmas programme remains tough, turning round on Friday with a trip to Goodison. Although Stoke are only two places below Everton in the league table, and Everton have only won 5 of their 17 league games so far this season, Everton have only lost two games at home this season and have the firepower to beat an inconsistent Stoke team with two days less rest before their game

Everton can be backed at 17/20 with William Hill, for a game I expect them to win

Recommendations

Tottenham Hotspur to beat Leicester City at 21/20  Coral

Sunderland to beat Hull City at 23/20  William Hill

Everton to beat Stoke City  at  17/20 William Hill