Christmas cheers and jeers – what does the festive period hold for the top of the Premier League table?

Posted by - December 24, 2012 - Premier League

If the Easter fixture pile-up is the ultimate make-or-break time for teams in the Premier League, then the Christmas holidays can’t be far behind. Who’ll be celebrating good Christmas cheer, and who’ll be nursing hangovers for the rest of the season? Let’s look at the fixture list for some of the movers and shakers at the top of the table over the next few weeks and make some predictions as to the winners and losers this holiday season.

Manchester United
United have a nice run of fixtures coming up. Not only are three of them at home, but their away game is at Wigan. If I knew of a good online gambling site, I’d be putting money on United to come away from the Christmas season with a maximum points haul. The trickiest game of the festive period was away to Swansea. Having emerged with a point, they should have enough to come through the festive period unscathed.

Manchester City
The noisy neighbours have a trickier fixture list over the next few weeks with away games at Newcastle, Sunderland and Norwich. You never know which Newcastle team will show up, and the Canaries are flying high right now. City should see off Stoke and Reading at home, but could drop points in either or both the Newcastle and Norwich games.

The World Club Cup might take its toll on the Blues over Christmas. After the long flight back from Japan, they face four fixtures in a little over a week. Two of those games, away to Everton and Norwich, have the potential to be upsets. Aston Villa helped them to ease back into action with an 8-0 stroll, but Rafa Benitez will hope there’s no jetlag when they face stiffer tests.

Of all the top teams, Everton face the toughest task this holiday season. Away games at Stoke, West Ham and Newcastle, and a home game against Chelsea will test David Moyes’ boys as they battle to stay in Champions League contention. I’d be using that online gambling site to back them to beat Wigan, but that’s about it as far as three-pointers are concerned.

Santa was nice to Spurs when drawing up the Christmas fixture list. They should take maximum points from the home games against Swansea and Reading. If the good Spurs team shows up, they should also have no problems with struggling Aston Villa and Sunderland away, either. Just which Spurs team takes to the pitch over Christmas is another matter, though!

West Brom
Christmas might not be kind to the Baggies. With tricky games at home to West Ham and Fulham, and a visit to Old Trafford, look for the surprise team of the season to falter. Even the game away to QPR is no certainty after ‘Arry Rednapp’s appointment as manager. If you want to take a punt at a top 10 team picking up no points this holiday season, find that online gambling site and go for it!

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