Merry Christmas football fans, I hope you are enjoy a great holiday with your family and friends. As I get ready for my own family Christmas I am already looking forward to the Boxing Day fixtures that come on Monday.
There are seven matches on the day after Christmas followed by another three on Tuesday before the final matches of the season are played out on December 31, 2011.
This week has many interesting match-ups as the winter transfer window draws ever so near, and every club will want to end the calendar year on a high as to look as good as possible to try and attract new talent.
Chelsea vs Fulham
The Blues and Cottagers face off in another London Derby of the season. Both have been in less than excellent form and the Blues will hope to earn another victory at home while Clint Dempsey and the Cottagers need another victory.
Predicted Score Line: Chelsea 2 – 1 Fulham
Bolton Wanderers vs Newcastle United
The Magpies have only managed two draws in their last six games with the rest all being losses. Despite that they remain on 27 points and in seventh place. That alone proves how great of a start to the season they had.
Bolton earned only their fourth victory of the season last week to jump up to 19th in the table. Movin’ on up as they say.
Predicted Score Line: Bolton 1 – 3 Newcastle United
Liverpool vs Blackburn Rovers
The Reds failed to convert a loan of chances once again this season as they fell to a 0-0 draw against Wigan Athletic. Rovers also endured another set back as Bolton Wanderers beat them 2-1 at home.
Predicted Score Line: Liverpool 2 – 0 Rovers
Manchester United vs Wigan Athletic
The Red Devils have been on top of their game ever since they lost to local rivals Manchester City and have scored seven goals in their last two matches.
Wigan have been in their best form of the season after earning hard fought draws against both Chelsea and Liverpool this past week.
Predicted Score Line: Manchester United 3 – 1 Wigan
Sunderland vs Everton
Both the Black Cats and the Toffees earned victory last week as the two of them look to push up the table in hopes of a better 2012 than they have had a 2011.
Predicted Score Line: Sunderland 1 – 2 Everton
West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City
West Brom have been in great form the last week as both Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie have been hitting their stride.
City is the best team in the league and should have no problem with the Baggies. However, we have all seen stranger things happen in the English Premier League.
Predicted Score Line: Baggies 1 – 3 City
Stoke City vs Aston Villa
Manchester City prevented the Potters from earning their fifth league victory in a row. Meanwhile Aston Villa are just happy to have broken their recent duck in the league thanks to several goals in the last two matches, including Marc Albrighton’s strike that was the 20,000th goal in the history of the EPL.
Predicted Score Line: Stoke 2 – 1 Villa
Swansea City vs Queens Park Rangers
The Swans have been the better of the two promoted sides that face off this Monday, but Queens Park Rangers will hope to leap frog their opponents in the table if they manager to take three points away from the Liberty Stadium.
Predicted Score Line: Swansea 1 – 2 QPR
Arsenal vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Arsenal had to thank former Liverpool super sub Yossi Benayoun as a late goal from the Israeli international allowed the Gunners to escape what three points from what would have been a frustrating draw during midweek.
Wolves meanwhile secured their first point in three games after having lost to both Stoke City and Manchester United in their two previous outings.
Predicted Score Line: Gunners 2 – 1 Wolves
Norwich City vs Tottenham Hotspur
Paul Lambert has led the Norwich City Canaries to the best EPL start of any of the promoted clubs as they sit ninth in the table on 21 points.
However, Spurs have been excellent this season and are in third place with a game in hand as they chase both Manchester City and Manchester United at the top.
Predicted Score Line: Norwich 1 – 2 Spurs
The second to last fixtures of the season kick off the day after Christmas and they should all be great spectacles as there is no better competition than the week to week EPL games.
It is sure to be a great start of the final run-in to the impending January transfer period.