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Premier League Christmas Season: Gift for whom?

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.

Arteta and his players are facing a tough Christmas schedule.
Arteta and his players are facing a tough Christmas schedule.

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.”

Lucky Gifts

The team considered to have the easiest five matches in December is Chelsea. Mauricio Pochettino’s squad will face Sheffield United, Wolves, Crystal Palace, and Luton.

Bournemouth’s form has changed under Andoni Iraola recently. “The Cherries” have won 4 out of their last 6 matches in the competition, and this trend may continue as they prepare to face Luton, Nottingham Forest, Fulham, and Tottenham.

Will Tottenham take advantage of the Christmas period to make a comeback?
Will Tottenham take advantage of the Christmas period to make a comeback?

Speaking of Spurs, they haven’t secured a victory in the last 5 matches (1 draw and 4 losses) due to injuries affecting Ange Postecoglou’s lineup. However, they have a gentler December. The “Cockerels” will face Nottingham Forest, Everton, Brighton, and Bournemouth.

As mentioned, Aston Villa is in excellent form and ready to contend for titles. Unai Emery’s team is particularly strong at home, with two more matches at Villa Park in December against Sheffield United and Burnley. Away trips to Brentford and Man Utd become more challenging.

However, the team currently in third place proves they are not intimidated by the “big six” teams, leaving their mark with victories against Chelsea and Spurs.

 

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