There are 20 more Premier League fixtures to look forward to over the next six days, as the battle at both ends of the table hots up.
The post-Christmas matches produced largely predictable results, with Liverpool sealing a 4-1 win at home to Stoke City on Tuesday.
Here is a look at the best of the upcoming fixtures – with six days of Premier League action in a row, and every team playing twice – some with more time between games than others…
Will Chelsea finally fail to win?
It is hard not to have some begrudging respect for Chelsea‘s 12-game winning run. The Blues look unstoppable at the moment, and if their current six-point lead at the top is larger after their next two games, they will surely go on to win the title.
First up for Antonio Conte’s side is an inviting home clash with Stoke, with the Potters likely to be jaded from their excursions at Anfield.
Hopefully Spurs can finally win one of these big games and do us all a big favour.
Can Man City derail Liverpool’s title charge?
City’s season has been a strange one in many ways. In September, they looked unbeatable, a big dip followed but they have responded well in recent weeks, winning four games in succession.
The much-anticipated showdown with Liverpool will be a test of their credentials, though, with their susceptible defence coming up against a relentless Reds attack.
City have the attacking brilliance to hurt Jurgen Klopp‘s side, however, especially with Sergio Aguero returning from a four-match ban.
It should be a fascinating encounter, and one that could prove pivotal in the title race.
Arsenal eye up six crucial points
It was the kind of gritty home win that the Gunners don’t always receive enough credit for, and it could be such a key win come May.
Arsene Wenger’s side have a relatively kind couple of fixtures on the horizon, although both of their opponents can be tricky on their day.
Liverpool saw firsthand how tough trips to Dean Court can be, but it would still be a surprise if Arsenal failed to win there.
Six points look likely, which could see their league position look more healthy come the middle of next week.
United look to keep momentum going
Following a dismal start to life under Jose Mourinho, United have really started to click into gear, much as we may hate to admit it.
Summer signings Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are now looking the part, and it’s now five victories on the bounce in all competitions.
A month or two ago, United looked average at best, but with each game that passes, the more it looks as though they are slowly on their way back.
Relegation tussles left, right & centre
While the title and top-four battles understandably dominate the headlines, the fight to avoid relegation also looks intriguing.
It is at this stage of the season when we have genuine ‘relegation six-pointers’, and there are a number that stand-out in the coming days.
Not many expected Leicester and West Ham to struggle like they have, but their New Year’s Eve showdown is another that catches the eye at the bottom of the table.
The Foxes are getting themselves into troubled waters, and they have another important match when they visit ‘Boro two days later.
Swansea’s games against Bournemouth and Palace could be crucial in terms of their survival hopes – no points from a possible six could spell the beginning of the end for them.
Fixtures & UK TV Info
Hull vs. Everton – 8pm, Sky Sports 1
New Year’s Eve
Chelsea vs. Stoke – 3pm
Leicester vs. West Ham – 3pm
Swansea vs. Bournemouth – 3pm
Liverpool vs. Man City – 5:30pm, BT Sport 1
New Year’s Day
Middlesbrough vs. Leicester – 12:30pm, Sky Sports 1
Sunderland vs. Liverpool – 3pm
West Brom vs. Hull – 3pm
Crystal Palace vs. Swansea – 8pm
Stoke vs. Watford – 8pm