The first Premier League fixtures of December take place this weekend, as Liverpool look to return to the top of the table.
Arsenal stayed in touch with the frontrunners after seeing off Bournemouth, but Man United could only draw 1-1 with West Ham at Old Trafford. Everton lost 1-0 at Southampton, making it an even better weekend for Liverpool fans.
Swansea’s incredible 5-4 win at home to Crystal Palace was huge, however, and Alan Pardew’s side are now 17th and looking in real trouble.
There are 10 more Premier League matches to look forward to over the next three days – here’s the best of the upcoming action.
Huge Clash At The Etihad
These are the games that you can just sit back and enjoy as a Liverpool supporter, with at least one title rival guaranteed to drop points.
In truth, it is Chelsea who could do with being taken down a peg or two.
City don’t look as frightening as they did at the start of the season, but they have so much quality in their ranks that Chelsea will be troubled at the Etihad.
A win for either would be a big statement of intent – a draw would be perfection for the Reds.
Sixth Place Battle for United and Everton
Speaking of rivals playing each other, Liverpool’s two greatest enemies, Everton and United, do battle on Sunday afternoon.
Both sides have endured iffy starts to the campaign, with unrest among the fans evident.
They currently sit seventh and sixth in the table, respectively, but if both have genuine top-four aspirations this season, they cannot afford to keep dropping points.
Sunday’s showdown at Goodison Park is a very tough match to predict, but one that could leave at least one set of supporters disheartened come Monday morning.
London Derby at The Olympic Stadium
West Ham have really struggled to settle into their new surroundings in 2016/17, winning two of their six league games at London Stadium, despite not yet facing any of the top-six there.
Arsenal are the visitors on Saturday evening, and Hammers fans will hope this is the night their season is kick-started.
Relegation remains unlikely, but it is far beyond the realms of possibility.
The Gunners will fancy their chances of overcoming their London rivals, on a nice big pitch in which they can take advantage of space.
Arsene Wenger’s side are going very quietly about their business, but three points this weekend could make people take them more seriously.
Champions Look To Silence The Doubters
2016/17 was never going to be a repeat of last season’s title-winning heroics for Leicester City, but some still felt they would be in and around the European places.
The Foxes are really struggling at the moment, however – an easy Champions League group has masked it a little – and they are just two points off the relegation zone.
Key players aren’t performing as well, injuries are creeping in and the individual errors that were non-existent last season are happening too often this time around.
The champions visit Sunderland on Saturday knowing that defeat would be huge cause for concern.
The Black Cats were spirited against Liverpool last weekend and have won two of their last three, so it won’t be an easy afternoon for Leicester.
The End For Pardew?
Palace’s 5-4 defeat to Swansea was an all-time classic Premier League game, but it will have been a really tough one to take for Pardew.
The Eagles’ manager has endured a miserable 2016, winning just four times in the league, and he is on the cusp of losing his job.
Palace welcome Southampton to Selhurst Park on Saturday, and if they once again head home with nothing, it will surely spell the end for Pardew.
Saints are a dangerous team on their day, and they are playing with a confidence that should worry Palace supporters.
The Premier League could be about to suffer its latest managerial casualty.
Fixtures & UK TV Info
Stoke vs. Burnley – Saturday 3pm
Sunderland vs. Leicester – Saturday 3pm
Tottenham vs. Swansea – Saturday 3pm
Bournemouth vs. Liverpool – Sunday 1:30pm, Sky Sports 1
Middlesbrough vs. Hull – Monday 8pm, Sky Sports 1