7 rules to sort out your Boxing Day

Has Christmas drained you of all your energy?

Do you just want to spend the day in peace watching the footy on Boxing Day?

Not to worry, follow our 7 simple rules for everything you need to sort out your Boxing Day and you’ll be guaranteed onto a winner.

Premier League Fixtures on Boxing Day
  • Fulham vs. Wolves (12.30) - Live on Sky Sports
  • Burnley vs. Everton (15.00)
  • Crystal Palace vs. Cardiff (15.00)
  • Leicester vs. Man City (15.00)
  • Liverpool vs. Newcastle (15.00)
  • Man United vs. Huddersfield (15.00)
  • Spurs vs. Bournemouth (15.00)
  • Brighton vs. Arsenal (17.30) - Live on Sky Sports
  • Watford vs. Chelsea (19.30) - Live on Sky Sports

*All kick off times are to UK standard time

1. Tinnies in the fridge is a must

Whether it’s Coca Cola or a can of lager, you’ll be in need of constant refreshment. Before you go to bed on Christmas night, make sure you restock the fridge with plenty of supplies for a full day of footy the next day.

Anything can happen over the Christmas period when managers are forced to rotate their squads. Don’t be left parched after a flurry of goals and contentious incidents. VAR doesn’t show up on English shores until next year!

2. Have FIFA at the ready

If you’ve been good this year then hopefully Santa has rewarded you with a brand new copy of FIFA 19 in your Christmas stocking. Whether it’s for half time or in the break between matches, have FIFA setup and ready to go so you can smash your mates and ruin their Christmas cheer.

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3. Pack off to the pub for the 3 o'clock kick offs

We’re all more than familiar now with the weird way football TV rights work in the UK. So don’t be surprised that Boxing Day is being treated by the boffins over at the FA as a regular Saturday.

Out of the 9 fixtures that are being played (Southampton and West Ham play on the 27th) no fewer than 5 of them are 3 o’clock kick offs. That means UK residents won’t be able to watch their favourite team until Match of the Day on Boxing Night.

If you can’t wait for Lineker and co. maybe you need to find another option. Outside of the UK the TV rights for the Premier League are handled differently and many countries are allowed to show all 3 o’clock kick offs. Wink, wink.

EFL Championship Boxing Day Fixtures
  • Birmingham City vs. Stoke City (15.00)
  • Bolton vs. Rotherham (15.00)
  • Bristol City vs. Brentford (15.00)
  • Leeds vs. Blackburn (15.00)
  • Middlesbrough vs. Sheffield Wednesday (15.00)
  • Milwall vs. Reading (15.00)
  • Norwich vs. Notts Forest (15.00)
  • Preston vs. Hull (15.00)
  • QPR vs. Ipswich (15.00)
  • Sheffield United vs. Derby (15.00)
  • Swansea vs. Aston Villa (15.00)
  • West Brom vs. Wigan (15.00)

*All kick off times are to UK standard time

4. Set up a turkey sandwich station

One of the best things about Boxing Day is the leftovers, and many of us will appreciate the beauty that is the leftover turkey sandwich. Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy all wrapped up into a sandwich.

For maximum efficiency take out all the necessary ingredients and line them up on your kitchen counter (or even in your living room). Perfect for half time breaks or for when the mood takes you, so you can get back to the tele in record time.

5. Have your favourite betting app at the ready

Whether you’re a regular punter or not, having a betting app on your mobile or tablet when there’s a flurry of football matches is an absolute must. Not just great for placing pre-match or live bets, it’s the perfect companion for all the stats and updates you need in an instant.

All the big betting sites now offer betting apps for their customers and they’re available for free for all Android and Apple users. All you have to do is set up an account and you’ll have live updates and odds at your fingertips, so you can keep track of everything from the comfort of your armchair.

Scottish Premiership Boxing Day Fixtures
  • Aberdeen vs. Celtic (14.00)
  • St Mirren vs. St Johnstone (14.00)
  • Dundee vs. Livingston (15.00)
  • Hearts vs. Hamilton (15.00)
  • Motherwell vs. Kilmarnock (15.00)
  • Rangers vs. Hibernian (15.00)

*All kick off times are to UK standard time

6. Get the shops done early

If you’ve planned this far ahead then you’re definitely a wiley one. Maybe it’s a good idea to save a bit of cash aside for whoever in your family (and we’re not suggesting who) will want to hit the Boxing Day sales instead of staying glued to the TV all day.

After all, this is supposed to be a day of rest after the madness of the month before. Maybe hold off on buying that key item of clothing that’s been suggested to you. Slip some money forward and stay tight to the sofa. You can’t go wrong.

If you absolutely have to go to the Boxing Day sales then make sure you get it done early. It might sound like a nightmare but a lot of stores with open at 6 or 7 in the morning. Better to be an early riser and back for the footy than to miss out. First kick off is 12.30pm. Priorities after all.

7. Pack the kids off to granny's

If you’ve successfully evaded the shops then you’re almost home free. There’s just one final obstacle to ensure a fuss free day of footy - the kids. It might be fun to lend a helping hand to set up the kids’ lego on Christmas Day, but by Boxing Day you’ll want to get back to the footy.

Why not agree to take the kids for the afternoon while your non-football loving family members hit the shops. A great way to combine with number six for ultimate success. When safely out of sight pack the kids off to granny’s or your in-laws so they can play with their cousins. Winner.

If you’ve followed our 7 rules you must have had a Boxing Day worthy of royalty. Give us a like and if you think we’ve missed anything or have some of your own tips then share with us in the comments below.

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