Remembering the 1995 Christmas Eve PL fixture: Could history repeat itself?

It is Wolves vs Chelsea at Molineux in the Premier League on Christmas Eve, the first time a PL fixture has been played on this day for 28 years.

The 1995 Christmas Eve PL fixture was played between Leeds United and Manchester United at Elland Road, with Leeds triumphing 3-1.

United's 3-1 loss to Leeds meant Kevin Keegan's Newcastle were 10 points clear at the top of the PL at Christmas. It is the same season he made his famous “I'd love it if we beat them” speech before the Red Devils went on to win the title ahead of the Magpies – Photo by Icon sport

Remembering the 1995 Christmas Eve PL fixture – They think it's all over…

United travelled to fierce rivals Leeds in second place, 10 points behind Newcastle United in first. There was a feeling that the gap at the top was becoming too big for the Red Devils to claw back, and those feelings heightened when they lost the game 3-1.

Leeds were awarded a penalty in the seventh minute when Nicky Butt handled the ball in the area from a corner, and Gary McAllister placed the resulting spot-kick into the top corner past Peter Schmeichel to give them the lead.

United then equalised as Andy Cole scored only his fourth goal of the season, stroking the ball first time into the net after Gary Speed was dispossessed by Butt. However, Leeds went ahead again before half-time, as Tony Yeboah went on a mazy run before clipping the ball over Schmeichel.

In the second half, the hosts added a third to seal the win, as Tomas Brolin grabbed his second assist of the match by crossing the ball for Brian Deane to head in from close range.

The result meant the 10-point gap at the top stayed, and United would have it all to do to win the title. Of course, they did go on to win it that season anyway, beating Newcastle by four points.

1995 Christmas Eve PL fixture
Chelsea are currently outsiders to finish in the top four. Paul Terry/Sportimage – Photo by Icon sport

Wolves vs Chelsea – A chance to leave mid-table obscurity

Going into the game, both Wolves and Chelsea are stuck in mid-table, with no real fears of getting relegated, but work to do in terms of trying to reach the European places. Wolves have only won one of their last five league matches, while Chelsea have only been victorious in two, so it is also a chance to pick up three points and carry some form into the Christmas period and New Year.

Chelsea, in particular, will have aspirations of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League for next season, and they are currently 12 points adrift of the top four. As such, they are currently 16/1 outsiders to finish in the top four, so three points would feel particularly huge for them and their quest.

Top 4 finish betting – selected

  • Manchester City – 1/20
  • Arsenal – 1/14
  • Liverpool – 1/8
  • Aston Villa – 1/1
  • Chelsea – 16/1
Wolves celebrate
You can get long odds on Wolves beating Chelsea 3-1 in a repeat of the scoreline between Leeds and United – Photo by Icon sport

Wolves vs Chelsea correct score betting – selected

Could history repeat itself? A 3-1 win for the home team, in this case Wolves, is a massive 33/1, while a 3-1 victory for Chelsea is 16/1. According to betting markets, the most likely scoreline is a 1-1 draw, and the most likely winning scoreline for Wolves and Chelsea is 1-0:

  • Wolves 1-1 Chelsea – 13/2
  • Wolves 0-1 Chelsea – 8/1
  • Wolves 1-0 Chelsea – 12/1
  • Wolves 1-3 Chelsea – 16/1
  • Wolves 3-1 Chelsea – 33/1

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