Matches are coming thick and fast, which can only mean the silly season is back. Realistically, the title race is all but over, however there's one thing left that still gets us up and about... and that's the relegation battle. With 10 teams sitting 6 points apart, fans will be getting as nervous as Mike Tyson in a Spelling Bee. Looking ahead to this week's matches, here's how it's all going to go down.
Leicester vs Palace
Palace has improved, but Leicester has improved more, meaning they will definitely beat them in the early kickoff, with the most likely score being 2-1 Leicester.
Arsenal vs Newcastle
Arsenal isn’t very good at Christmas time and the cold weather has often proved to be the undoing of a Wenger title challenge (but they aren’t challenging for the title anyway this year, so the pressure is off). They will win this because Newcastle aren't very good: Arsenal to win 2-1 in a scrappy game.
Brighton vs Burnley
Brighton is slowly falling down the table, but they are the kind of honest, hardworking team that might be able to match what Burnley have done very effectively this year. Thus, I am plumping for a 1-1 draw, although this one could go either way if I am honest.
Chelsea vs Southampton
Chelsea will win this one, 3-1, although it won’t make a shred of difference because the title race is about as over as this year’s ashes.
Stoke vs West Ham
Little London clubs beat Chelsea and then revert back to type, which is exactly what West Ham will do because Moyes just isn’t a good manager these days. Stoke will get a much-needed win, with the most likely score being 2-1.
Watford vs Huddersfield
Watford is too good for Huddersfield who is unfortunately heading straight towards the relegation dogfight everyone expected, with 3-1 Watford being the most likely score.
Manchester City vs Tottenham
When Spurs are on their day, they can beat anyone, and it was them that brought Chelsea’s record-equaling win-streak last season, a record that City have now broken. Eventually, someone has to beat Manchester City, so I am going to predict that Tottenham does it: they play up against the big teams, see Real Madrid, meaning that if City is going to have a wobble this is one of the more likely games for it to start: 3-1 Tottenham.
West Brom vs Manchester United
West Brom is not very good this year and I fully expect United to pick up maximum points from this one, with 3-1 being the most likely score.
Bournemouth vs Liverpool
Bournemouth is the kind of team that turns Liverpool over, and I reckon that they will do it again, springing the kind of upset that has perpetually derailed Liverpool’s title challenge: 2-1 Bournemouth.