Three Premier League games to look forward to this Christmas

With the festive period just around the corner, we take a look at the games to look forward to during the Christmas period.

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Unlike the other top-flight European leagues in Spain, Germany and Italy, who take time off from playing games in anticipation of the upcoming January transfer window, the Premier League is renowned for its fans’ excitement and anticipation of the games during the festive period.

However, with the growing influence of foreign managers and players, the Premier League will initiate its first ever 10-day winter break from the 2019-20 season onwards, albeit after the festive period, in February.

The festive games will officially start on Friday 21 December with many thrilling games to look forward to, unsurprisingly, this tends to be a very busy time of year for some of the best betting sites that traditionally offer enticing odds for punters around this time of year.

For those of you not able to go to the games, the good news is that there is a total of 12 games set for live broadcast in the UK between December 21 and December 30 and most of the games will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, with BT Sport also showing two live games.

We’ve picked what we believe to be the best three TV games for football fans to look forward to with a current form analysis of the teams and where we predict they will finish in the league table at the end of the season.

Sunday 23 December – Everton v Tottenham at Goodison Park

Everton will be hosting a buoyed Tottenham Hotspur team that has finally found its fluid form from the past two seasons after beating fellow top-four hopefuls Chelsea FC 3-1 at Wembley. Tottenham could have won by a larger margin had it not been for sloppy misses in front of goal from England captain Harry Kane and South Korea skipper Son Heung-min.

The Toffees on the other hand also seem to be finding their best form so far the season, with three wins from their last five games heading into December. Ex-Spurs playmaker, Gylfi Sigurdsson, has scored in Everton’s last home game against Cardiff City and he will want to prove a point to his former employers from North London.

Predictions for end of season league positions:

Everton – 7th
Tottenham – 3rd

Wednesday 26 December – Watford v Chelsea at Vicarage Road Stadium

Watford have been in impressive form since the start of the season and appear to be a solid group that is taking in all of what Spaniard head coach Garcia is trying to establish at Vicarage Road. It is no surprise that Garcia is rumoured to be offered a new contract extension in a club that is now renowned for its revolving door policy when it comes to firing its head coaches. They head to the game against Chelsea in December with two losses in the past five meetings.

Italian head coach Maurizio Sarri’s scathing remarks against his whole team following the game against Tottenham, might suggest that the Blues have some catching up to do when it comes to facing the bigger teams in the Premier League. The game against Watford should offer Sarri’s players with a great chance to keep up with the other top-four contenders by getting an away win.

Predictions for end of season league positions:

Watford – 10th
Chelsea – 5th

Saturday 29 December – Liverpool v Arsenal at Anfield Stadium

The game between Liverpool FC and Arsenal is going to be a thriller! With Liverpool FC the only real threat to Manchester City’s aim of retaining their Premier League champions credentials for a second year in a row. Under 51-year-old German manager Jurgen Klopp, the Reds have recorded four wins out of five and are only two points adrift from leaders Manchester City at the top of the table. This match against Arsenal offers Klopp’s players a chance to prove they are the real deal by mounting further pressure on the league leaders with a win.

Arsenal on the other hand are a different team to the one we’ve witnessed in the past five years. With Spaniard coach Unai Emery they are a much tougher team to crack and their defence isn’t as weak as it was in recent years. Emery isn’t shy of dropping star players to the bench when he wants to after managing PSG and with that mentality we feel that they will want to prove that they are capable of finishing in the top four this season, a win away at Anfield should give them plenty of confidence going into the latter part of the season.

Predictions for end of season league positions:
Liverpool – 1st
Arsenal – 4th

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