While most European football leagues take a winter break, the Premier League continues its relentless schedule with matches every 2-3 days.
Who is facing challenges?
Roy Hodgson is highly admired at Crystal Palace in both of his coaching stints with the South London club. Upon his return in March, he even brought a new attacking style to the team.
However, things haven’t gone smoothly in this Premier League season. Palace is struggling, winning only 2 out of their last 12 matches across all competitions (3 draws and 7 losses).
“In the match against Everton, I looked around, Chelsea doesn’t have any leaders.”
In the coming time, Palace has to confront four challenging matches in December. After a comeback defeat against Liverpool in the 16th round, Roy Hodgson’s team will visit the reigning champions, Manchester City. Next, they will host Brighton, then visit Chelsea, and finally clash with Brentford at Selhurst Park.
All four opponents are currently in the top 11 of the Premier League. “The Eagles” won’t face any team below them until January 30th, with a meeting against Sheffield United.
Arsenal leads the Premier League with four victories, including a dramatic 4-3 win against Luton Town with Declan Rice’s 97th-minute goal. However, things are getting tougher for Mikel Arteta’s squad. The “Gunners” will face Brighton, Liverpool, West Ham, and Fulham. Especially, these four matches are crucial. Successfully overcoming these hurdles, Arsenal can get closer to claiming the title from the hands of Man City.
Opta’s supercomputer predicts that Sheffield United and Burnley have little chance of staying in the Premier League this season. Unluckily for both teams, a series of challenging Christmas matches awaits them. Sheffield United’s manager, Chris Wilder, will face Chelsea, Aston Villa, Luton, and Man City. Burnley has to overcome Everton, Fulham, Liverpool, and Aston Villa.
Everton’s revival will be tested with matches against Tottenham and Man City, while Manchester United faces challenges against Liverpool, West Ham, and Aston Villa.
Liverpool’s fixture list is considered to have moderate difficulty compared to the mentioned teams. In the coming matches, Jurgen Klopp’s team will play against Burnley, Man Utd, Arsenal, and Newcastle.”