This year might be different from any other year before but there can’t be Christmas without Premier League football. Luckily fans can still see the best of English football at the holidays. Just like some American sports and the PDC Darts World Championships which all belong to the best sports events at Christmas.
The best time of the year will be different in most countries this time. People will spend lots of time at home and in front of the TV watching whatever is available. Luckily sports fans can still choose from several top sports events from football to basketball. A few horse racing events will be held as well without fans this time. But we could all follow the major sports events from home and make a bet to give some extra excitement to the coming days.
Premier League games are still in the best sports events at Christmas
Even though there have been arguments over festive period football in England, fans can still watch their favorite teams on Boxing Day. All ten games of the round will be played at the same time, at 3pm. One of the biggest games will be the Arsenal vs Chelsea derby though at the time it looks like an easy win for Chelsea. While the Leicester City vs Manchester United match might bring even more excitement. Online sportsbooks in the UK mention both teams in the favorites to win the Premier League.
There will be games in the other parts of the UK too with games in the Scottish Premiership, in the Northern Ireland Football League and in the Welsh Premier League. But in other parts of Europe players will celebrate at home like the rest of us.. Pro 14 rugby games will also be played on Christmas Day. In their biggest game Leinster will take on Munster at Thomond Park.
Other American sports we can watch at Christmas
American football players in the US will also play their next round games at Christmas. The New Orleans Saints will host the Minnesota Viking on Christmas Day, while two further games will be played on the 26th. Besides the NFL we can also watch top NBA games this Christmas. This year these games will also sign the beginning of the new 2020-21 season. Five games will be held on the 25th of December, on Christmas Day. Including the Miami Heat vs New Orleans Pelicans meeting where the 2020 Eastern Conference Champion will host the team led by Zion Williamson. But the biggest game will be the reigning champions, Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Dallas Mavericks. Or as most people see it, the duel between LeBron James and the NBA All-Star Luka Doncic.
This year there won’t be any NHL games at Christmas due to the delayed start of the new season.There was a possibility this time that the new season might start in December with games at Christmas. But it won’t happen now after the new starting date in January. Normally MLB games are not something that we could see in the winter. But after the delayed season it was also an option this year. As only 8 stadiums have roofs, holding games in winter could have been a major issue at several clubs. So the schedule remained with it’s normal dates. Which means baseball fans need to wait until next April to see their favorites again.
PDC Darts World Championship 2021
One of the best sports events at Christmas is definitely the PDC Darts World Championship which is held between the 15th of December and the 3rd of January. Even though this year it is quite a different experience without the singing fans, who always made a special atmosphere at Alexandra Palace. But luckily all top darts players are here from world No1 Michael van Gerwen to defending champion Peter Wright.
Fans can’t watch any games at Christmas but there are several before and after the holidays. Even on the first day of the new year, when the four quarter-finals will take place. Online gambling sites in the UK favor three-time world champion van Gerwen to win again. You can read more about the favorites in our previous article.
Horse racing at Christmas
Usually the horse racing calendar is full with events at the Christmas holidays. But in 2020 it has gone through several changes moving most events to new dates. Still, there will be a few horse races held on the 26th of December like the Ladbrokes Christmas Festival at Kempton Park. Here on the King George VI Chase day three Grade 1 races will feature. While on the 27th of December race lovers can watch the Welsh Grand National, the biggest race day in Wales.
In Ireland the Leoparstown Christmas Festival will entertain viewers between the 26th and 29th of December. One of the most exciting events will be the Paddy Power Chase Day with a Grade 1 race. Odds are available for the winner on bet365. Sadly all races will be held behind closed doors but fans can follow them though different broadcasts.