In customary style, the most watched league in the world will return on Boxing Day after a short (very short) Christmas break. There are eight matches on offer and almost no distraction (except the Turkish Super league) from pleasurable viewing today.
Quite a bit has happened since the last round of fixtures, however, most important
is the change of the guard at Selhurst Park. Alan Pardew’s been shown the door after a run of miserable results with Palace since the turn of the year. The most damning stat of 2016 for Pardew is that of the 92 teams in the English Football League, Crystal Palace
are the worst for points. Coming in to replace him is Sam Allardyce whose experience at fighting relegation should prove invaluable to the Eagles.
Four of the top six will be in action tomorrow; Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United will set the ball rolling with 3pm kickoffs against West Brom, Bournemouth and Sunderland, while Manchester City are away to Hull in the last kickoff of the day (5.30pm).
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Arsenal will be looking to halt a run of consecutive defeats that has seen them drop 2 spots into fourth and nine points off the pace from log leaders Chelsea who will attempt to extend their winning streak to twelve without the services of top goal scorer Diego Costa and midfield screen N’golo Kante. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a man on fire with 3 goals in his last two matches and should he continue in this vein United are likely to come away with all three points against a struggling Sunderland side.
Manchester City will play their last game without talismanic striker Sergio Aguero as he serves the last of his four-match ban. Hull City sit rock bottom at the moment and will find it extremely difficult to keep the Citizens at bay at the KC stadium.
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