The dust has settled on this year’s World Cup and now, it’s time to dive back into the chaos of domestic football.
The Premier League will get back underway on Boxing Day, as tends to be the tradition for England’s top flight. All twenty sides are ready to get back into the flow of things and the day after Christmas, many of them will get the chance to do just that.
We’re all used to seeing 10 games spread across Boxing Day but as is the nature of modern football, we’ll have to wait 24-48 hours to see some of the biggest and brightest. Everyone, please say a big thank you to the television powers that be for this carnage.
Brentford vs Tottenham
One season wonder? Think again. Brentford have proven themselves to be a solid Premier League side and at this moment in time, they sit 10th in the table after becoming just the second team to defeat Manchester City in the league this season. On the other hand, Tottenham are attempting to solidify their push for a top four finish in what we expect to be a chaotic few months for the North London club.
Leicester vs Newcastle
With four wins in their last five, Leicester City are finally starting to show signs of life after a diabolical start to their Premier League campaign. If they’re going to keep surging forward straight off the bat, though, they need to overcome Newcastle, a team that is 3rd in the Premier League with the majority of fans believing it’s inevitable that they will become one of England’s top forces once again.
Everton vs Wolves
This is the definition of a relegation six-pointer for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton. Neither side has covered themselves in glory over the course of the last few months as they sit 17th and 20th in the table. These are two historic clubs within the context of the English game and we expect to see both really go for it at Goodison Park in front of what should be a lively crowd and atmosphere.
Aston Villa vs Liverpool
Aston Villa’s Unai Emery boost has left them with three wins in their last four league games, as they continue to breathe down the neck of those in the top half. On the flip side, Liverpool’s struggle for consistency has left them in sixth place, seven points outside of the top four. Klopp will be eager to get back to winning ways but Villa Park is bound to be rocking after their United scalp a few weeks back.
Arsenal vs West Ham
Arsenal are five points clear at the top of the Premier League and for a lot of fans, that’s a truly terrifying thought given how much they’ve already been able to improve since last season. Alas, there’s still an outrageously long way to go, and they’ll be confronted by a West Ham team that is desperately scratching and clawing to get themselves out of trouble after a horrendous start to the campaign.