Claudio Ranieri has played down his side’s title risks even in spite of the fact that they sit at the highest point of the table after 17 matches. As you would expect, Arsène Wenger has additionally cooled title talks asserting that there are still such a large number of matches to come.
One thing is really clear, the main two have been the most reliable sides.
The two Manchester clubs endured association massacres and the history books have an intriguing reality for one of them-no group has ever won the Premier League having lost fives by Christmas. Chelsea returned to winning courses in their first post-José Mourinho match while Liverpool were completely beaten by Watford. How will Boxing Day round of installations work out.

Stoke City vs. Manchester United
The struggles at Manchester United are well documented. The
Red Devils travel to Britannia Stadium for a fixture whose
importance has been amplified by recent defeats. The Potters
have been had to beat at home, and their resolve overwhelmed
Chelsea and Manchester City. The 13-time Premier League
winners must get back to the basics-proper defending. Louis van
Gaal organized things at the back which made his team hard to
beat at the beginning of the season. I am going for a scrappy 2-0
win for the Stoke city fighters.
Aston Villa vs. West Ham
The Villans picked up a very important point against Newcastle
last weekend and it’s time Rémi Garde’s men build on that
result. West Ham started the season brilliantly but injuries have
slowed them down. Slaven Bilić’s men last won on 24th October
against Chelsea and they don’t seem like winning any time soon.
Aston Villa was struggling to score goals and now that the goals
have started to come, a win is imminent. 2-1 Aston Villa win.
Bournemouth vs. Crystal Palace
Two brilliant attack-minded managers will be pitting wits against
each other in the dugout at Vitality Stadium when Bournemouth
host Crystal Palace. The Cherries’ fine form has seen them win
their last three matches including against Chelsea and Man
United. The Eagles found a way of arresting their slide down the
table by winning their last two matches. This is going to be an
open game, end-to-end with each side well organized when going
forward as well as defending as a unit. 1-1 draw.


Chelsea vs. Watford
Chelsea’s 3-1 win against Sunderland might have suggested that
they are back on track. The West London club will be up against
an inform Watford who only have eyes for three points. Quique
Sánchez’s men 3-0 win against Liverpool underscores they can
hurt anyone. Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo will be fancying their
chances against the shaky defence at Stamford Bridge. A top-
four finish is the Holy Grail for the Blues and Guus Hiddink has
been brought in to steady the ship. 2-2 draw.
Liverpool vs. Leicester City
The Reds are without a win in four games in all competitions and
Jürgen Klopp is desperate to turn things around. Liverpool play
hosts to league leaders Leicester City who have only lost once
this season. The Foxes return to Merseyside after defeating
Everton and would be keen to complete a double over the
Merseysiders. The ingenuity of Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez
will cause havoc in the Klopp’s backline who are missing Martin
Skrtel. The way Leicester ripped the Toffees apart last weekend
left no doubt that they have the mettle to win this league though still doubtful. 1-0
win for Liverpool.
Manchester City vs. Sunderland
The Citizens’ 2-1 defeat at the Emirates, which was their fifth in
the campaign, put their title hopes in jeopardy. With Pep
Guardiola confirming that he is going to leave Bayern Munich at
the end of the season, pressure is mounting on the Chilean to
perform. Manuel Pellegrini’s men will be locking horns with a
Sunderland team who are desperate for points. The Black Cats
find themselves in the relegation dogfight yet again. The
Wearsiders relied on draws and clean sheets to stay in the
division last season-17 draws in total, which was instrumental
for their survival. Big Sam might want to follow that blueprint
and pick a point at the Etihad but unfortunately, he can’t this soon. 3-1 win for city at home.
Swansea vs. West Brom
Swansea are desperately looking for a win that will lift the mood
around Liberty Stadium. Tony Pulis’ men travel to Wales on the
heels of a 2-1 defeat at home to Bournemouth in which James
McClean got sent off. The Baggies have relied on defensive
solidity to grind out results but that has been difficult. Clean
sheets are rare to come by for West Brom. Bafetimbi Gomis will
get the goals to see the Swans win 2-1.
Tottenham vs. Norwich
Spurs welcome Norwich at White Hart Lane on the back of 2-0
win at Southampton. The Canaries are bristling with confidence
after a 2-1 win at Old Trafford last weekend. Tottenham are
very strong at home and the fact that Harry Kane has
rediscovered his goal scoring touch will make it very difficult for
the visitors. Mauricio Pochettino’s men high intensity football
coupled with relentless pressing will cause problems for Alex
Neil’s backfour. 3-1 win Tottenham.
Newcastle vs. Everton
The Toon Army have negotiated their way out of the relegation
zone but failed to build momentum as they were held to a 1-1
draw by Aston Villa. Steve McClaren’s men have been
impressive but they will face an Everton side licking wounds after
a 3-2 defeat to Leicester City. Red-hot Belgian striker Romelu
Lukaku simply needs to step on the pitch to score. The former
Chelsea striker’s movement and intelligent runs into the box is
something Norwich should be aiming to stop. 2-1 Everton win.

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Southampton vs. Arsenal
Second-placed Arsenal travel to the south coast to face struggling
Southampton. Four wins in a row have strengthened the
Gunners’ stranglehold on the title race but the 64-year-old
Frenchman is wary of the threat posed by the Saints. The North
London outfit were surprise losers at St. Mary’s on New Year’s
Day and would be seeking to bag all the three points. Mesut
Özil’s brilliance and Olivier Giroud’s fine goal scoring form will
provide enough artillery to threaten Southampton though the match might end 2-1 in favor of the saints.


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