Premier League Top Seven Festive Calendar Preview
A quick look at the Premier League table reveals that there is something of a split occurring at the top of the table as we head into the festive period. Manchester City and Liverpool, the two unbeaten teams at the time of writing, have opened up a slight gap to the three teams, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, that are chasing them.
Then there is another gap of eight points between those teams and the two teams in 6th and 7th spots in the table, Everton and Manchester United.
However, with the next few weeks of the festive fixture list, through until the 3rd January, there are a total of six Matchdays to be played, starting this coming weekend.
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In this article, we are going to preview the fixture lists of the top seven teams in the Premier League over those six games and give you our opinion on how difficult each team’s respective fixture list is over the coming weeks.
- 8th Dec – v Chelsea (A)
- 12th Dec – v Hoffenheim (H) – Champions League
- 15th Dec – v Everton (H)
- 18th Dec – v Leicester (A) – Carabao Cup Quarter Final
- 22nd Dec – v Crystal Palace (H)
- 26th Dec – v Leicester City (A)
- 30th Dec – v Southampton (A)
- 3rd Jan – v Liverpool (H)
Game Count – 8 Matches in 25 days from December 8th.
Manchester City’s biggest tests of the festive season will undoubtedly come in their first and last games, starting off this weekend away to Chelsea and then on the 3rd January at home to Liverpool, though their game with Everton, who drew with them at the Etihad last season, could be a tricky one. Leicester away on Boxing Day looks the toughest of the rest of the games and with City able to rest players for their Hoffenheim game in the Champions League and likely to rotate against Leicester in the Carabao Cup, with the largest spread of time in between their games, they should not suffer too much from fatigue.
Prediction – 8 Games Played. 6 Wins, 1 Draw, 1 Defeat.
- 8th Dec – v Bournemouth (A)
- 11th Dec v Napoli (H) – Champions League
- 16th Dec – v Man Utd (H)
- 21st Dec – v Wolves (A)
- 26th Dec – v Newcastle Utd (H)
- 29th Dec – v Arsenal (H)
- 3rd Jan – v Man City (A)
Game Count – 7 Matches in 25 days from December 8th
There’s no doubting that Liverpool have a slight advantage playing a game less than most of their rivals and they have the maximum 25 days in which to play them but they also have a very tough schedule of games including crucial home games with Manchester United and Arsenal, plus a vital Champions League clash with Napoli and then to finish, the away trip to Manchester City. Theres’ no doubting that this is a crucial juncture of the season for Liverpool and it is one that they have to come through.
Prediction – 7 Games Played, 6 Wins, 1 Draw, 0 Defeats
- 8th Dec – v Man City (H)
- 13th Dec – v Vidi (A) – Europa League
- 16th Dec – v Brighton (A)
- 19th Dec – v Bournemouth (H) – Carabao Cup Quarter Final
- 22nd Dec – v Leicester City (H)
- 26th Dec – v Watford (A)
- 30th Dec – v Crystal Palace (A)
- 2nd Jan – v Southampton (H)
Game Count – 8 Matches in 24 Days from December 8th
Chelsea have the maximum 8 fixtures to play in one day less than Manchester City, but they do have a much easier fixture list. Like City, they can rest players for the Europa League trip to Hungary to face Vidi as they are already qualified. Their biggest test comes this weekend with Manchester City at home and in truth, this is the only game that I can see this Chelsea team dropping any points in over the festive period.
Prediction – 8 games played, 7 Wins, 1 Draw, 0 defeats
- 8th Dec – v Huddersfield (H)
- 13th Dec – v Qarabag (H) – Europa League
- 16th Dec – v Southampton (A)
- 19th Dec – v Tottenham (H) – Carabao Cup Quarter Final
- 22nd Dec – v Burnley (H)
- 26th Dec – v Brighton (A)
- 29th Dec – v Liverpool (A)
- 1st Jan – v Fulham (H)
Game Count – 8 Matches in 23 Days from December 8th
Arsenal have a couple of tricky games un amongst their fixtures over the festive period, but most of their games are against teams in the bottom half of the table and many are fighting relegation. As such, the Gunners will be confident of picking up maximum points from those games, but they do face Spurs again in the Carabao Cup as well as Liverpool away in what could be the only games where they don’t get maximum points from.
Prediction – 8 games played, 6 wins, 1 draw, 1 defeat.
- 8th Dec – v Leicester (A)
- 11th Dec – v Barcelona (A) – Champions League
- 15th Dec – v Burnley (H)
- 19th Dec – v Arsenal (A) – Carabao Cup Quarter Final
- 23rd Dec – v Everton (A)
- 26th Dec – v Bournemouth (H)
- 29th Dec – v Wolves (H)
- 1st Jan – v Cardiff City (A)
Game Count – 8 Matches in 23 Days from December 8th
Spurs face 8 games in just 23 days over the festive period and to make matters worse, five of those games are on the road and some against some very tricky opponents, including Barcelona, Arsenal and Everton. Spurs should pick up maximum points from their three home games, but it is those tricky away fixtures which could be their undoing over this busy period of the season.
Prediction – 8 games played, 4 wins, 3 draws, 1 defeat
- 10th Dec – v Watford (H)
- 15th Dec – v Man City (A)
- 23rd Dec – v Tottenham (H)
- 26th Dec – v Burnley (A)
- 29th Dec – v Brighton (A)
- 1st Jan – v Leicester City (H)
Game Count – 6 Matches in 20 Days from December 10th
The Toffees have the fewest games to play over the festive calendar, but they also have the shortest time in which to complete these games with just 20 days and they also have somewhat unevenly spaced out games, which can be a problem when recuperating. The Toffees should be confident of winning half of these games, but any more than that could well be a very big ask.
Prediction – 6 games played, 3 wins, 1 draw, 2 defeats
- 8th Dec – v Fulham (H)
- 12th Dec – v Valencia (A) – Champions League
- 16th Dec – v Liverpool (A)
- 22nd Dec – v Cardiff City (A)
- 26th Dec – v Huddersfield (H)
- 30th Dec – v Bournemouth (H)
- 2nd Jan – v Newcastle (A)
Game Count – 7 Matches in 23 Days from December 8th
Manchester United’s toughest two tests are their away games to Valencia and Liverpool coming up in the next fortnight, although the game with Valencia doesn’t really matter as the Red Devils have already reached the knockout phase of the Champions League. As such, they are the only two games where I could see United slipping up if they play to their full potential, which they haven’t done so yet this season, so I am backing them to drop a couple of points elsewhere too.
Prediction – 7 matches played, 3 Wins, 2 draws, 2 defeats