The motion is coming thick and quick over the following few weeks, beginning with two extra nights of Premier League video games
Give Christmas procuring the swerve.
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And switch a blind eye to the binmen begging in your doorstep.
Why? As a result of the soccer is coming thick and quick over the following few weeks, beginning with two extra nights of Premier League motion and these three Christmas crackers.
OK, so we might have oversold the Burnley v Stoke recreation, sorry…
BURNLEY v STOKE
“And Burnley will play… Actual Madrid.”
Sure, in every week the place the draw for the final 16 of the Champions League was made, it’s nonetheless a really actual chance that the Clarets would possibly but sneak into the highest 4 and take their place in Europe’s blue riband occasion subsequent yr.
Definitely, they’re exhibiting no indicators of backing off.
Not solely are they unbeaten of their final three at residence in opposition to Stoke however they’ve additionally picked up 28 factors from their 16 video games – that’s seven greater than on the similar stage of the season final time round.
Distinction that with Stoke who’re, fairly presumably, the dullest staff within the division.
They’ve amassed simply 16 factors – their lowest ever whole after 16 matches they usually’ve conceded extra objectives (35) than every other aspect within the league.
Is the tip nigh for Mark Hughes?
Most likely, however we now have been saying that for a while now.
SUNSPORT PREDICTION: HOME WIN
CRYSTAL PALACE v WATFORD
Palace could also be unbeaten in 5 however they’ve solely gained a type of video games and that failure to transform attracts into victories might show extraordinarily pricey come the tip of the season.
Thoughts you, dropping their first eight video games gained’t have helped a lot both.
If the Eagles are going to remain up they’re going to need to financial institution on their residence kind.
Thus far, all ten of their objectives this season have come at Selhurst Park they usually’ve had 29 extra pictures heading in the right direction at residence than they’ve on their travels.
Watford will make life very tough for Palace although.
The Hornets have already gained extra away factors (13) and scored extra away objectives (15) than they did in the entire of the 2016/17 season.
SUNSPORT PREDICTION: HOME WIN
HUDDERSFIELD v CHELSEA
You get the sense that Antonio Conte’s time at Chelsea would possibly drawing to an in depth. Being 14 factors adrift of the leaders after 16 video games is unhealthy sufficient however dropping to West Ham? Roman gained’t be happy.
Something lower than a win right here for Chelsea and you’ll overlook all in regards to the season of goodwill because the knives might be out for the Italian.
NO MOR Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata to overlook Huddersfield conflict with again damage
And it’s not going to be straightforward.
Huddersfield arrested a poor run of 4 defeats on the spin by comfortably beating Brighton on the weekend the Terriers now have extra factors after 16 video games (18) than any of the three newly-promoted sides final season.
They’ve additionally gained three of their final 4 residence league matches with the one defeat coming in opposition to runaway leaders Manchester Metropolis.
Chelsea want Eden Hazard to kick-start their faltering title defence.
The sensible Belgian has been concerned in 99 Premier League objectives (62 objectives scored, 37 assists) since he joined the Blues and may turn out to be solely the fourth participant to achieve to century after Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and GIanfranco Zola.
SUNSPORT PREDICTION: DRAW