While most European leagues are off on a winter break right now the Premier League just gets busier and busier.
Saturday morning’s blockbuster between Arsenal and Liverpool kicks off a run of 40 Premier League matches in 14 days.
It will be a crucial period for the Gunners as they close out this patch by hosting Chelsea on the morning of January 4.
For all clubs, this is seen as make or break time with so many points on offer and with the bottom half of the table so tightly congested, it is an opportunity to separate from those around them.
Arsenal Vs Liverpool
Saturday 23 December, 6:45am, Emirates Stadium
Will this be a happy homecoming for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain?
His last game for Arsenal was a 4-0 loss against the side that would go on to buy him days later.
Liverpool have won the last three meetings between these sides and Arsenal have not won since April 2015.
This game has way too many variables to confidently back any result but with the way both teams have been defensively this has the makings of a high scoring contest.
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Everton Vs Chelsea
Saturday 23 December, 11:30pm, Goodison Park
A comfortable win for Everton cemented their place in the top ten of the Premier League and they have their second shot at Chelsea after the Blues won in August.
That game was decided by strikes from Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata but it is a very different Everton side coming to play this week.
They are five games unbeaten and have a renewed commitment under Sam Allardyce.
Even so Chelsea should still find a way to get by in a low scoring arm wrestle.
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Brighton And Hove Albion Vs Watford
Sunday 24 December, 2:00am, Amex Stadium
Another rematch from late August, this game finished as a 0-0 draw with Watford playing most of the match with ten men.
That meant that Brighton were able to dominate possession and Watford were held without a shot on target.
Neither side is in a great run of form with two draws and three wins from their last five and this will not be the game either side breaks out of that slump.
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Manchester City Vs Bournemouth
Sunday 24 December, 2:00am, Etihad Stadium
There really is not much more you can add about City’s unbelievable start to the season.
With seventeen wins and a draw from eighteen matches, you will start to hear more and more talk of when they will claim the Premier League title.
In the meantime, that does not make the win markets all that enticing so you will have to look elsewhere for the value.
With an average of just over three goals scored per game and having put four past Swansea and Tottenham in the past fortnight, they should win and boost the goal tally while they are at it.
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Southampton Vs Huddersfield
Sunday 24 December, 2:00am, St Mary’s Stadium
Huddersfield got back into the winners circle with a convincing 4-1 hammering at Watford last week.
Southampton’s poor run continued when Liverpool put four past them at the weekend which followed a slim loss to Manchester United.
Even so I like the chances of Huddersfield in an upset away from hom.
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Stoke City Vs West Bromwich Albion
Sunday 24 December, 2:00am, bet365 Stadium
With Mark Hughes seat getting hotter with each passing match, Stoke look like a side ready for a breath of fresh air.
Five defeats from their last six matches has Stoke looking for answers but their opponents are not exactly setting the world alight this season.
West Brom are sitting second from last but have been able to grab three draws from their past five and a win here would put them up above Stoke on the table.
Even so this is a game that screams draw with neither side really able to back themselves to take the chances that would produce a win.
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Swansea City Vs Crystal Palace
Sunday 24 December, 2:00am, Liberty Stadium
In the last two months, Palace have found a formula for survival if not success with the way they are managing to take points off the teams around them on the table.
A big win at the weekend over Leicester has fans buzzing and with Swansea up next they will be optimistic about getting halfway to the magical 40 point number at the exact midway point of the season.
Swansea claimed victory earlier this season at Selhurst Park but it shows how much the fortunes of these teams have swung that I am now liking Palace to get a win at these odds.
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West Ham United Vs Newcastle United
Sunday 24 December, 2:00am, Olympic Stadium
As it stands Newcastle’s return to the Premier League might be a brief one and after four straight losses things are looking bleak.
West Ham have not lost in their last three and considering who they have played that is a pretty decent achievement.
Having beaten Chelsea, drawn with Arsenal and then comfortably defeated Stoke, they should be able to beat a Newcastle side that is reeling right now.
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Burnley Vs Tottenham
Sunday 24 December, 4:30am, Turf Moor
This season, whether it is wins or dropping points, Tottenham are a team that loves to go on streaks.
If they win once chances are it will be backed up with another win or at worst a draw, whereas a loss tends to kick start a couple of weeks of poor results.
Add in the fact that Burnley showed they can compete with Tottenham during their 0-0 draw in August and this has the makings of a result Burnley will be very happy with.
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Leicester City Vs Manchester United
Sunday 24 December, 6:45am, King Power Stadium
Now is a great chance to see what Leicester are made of as their winning streak was brought to a screeching halt by Crystal Palace.
With a big game coming up against Manchester United, a rebound performance to show it was just an aberration will go a long way to their quest to continue climbing up the table (even if it does mess with whatever title race is left).
Since their Derby loss, United are not doing things the easy way grinding out low scoring wins but they are finding ways to outscore their opponent and they have a good opportunity to do that here.
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This is the half-way mark of the 2016/2017 English Premier League season and every team in the competition has now played each other once.
There is a number of intriguing matches on what will be a big New Year’s Day of action, but the feature match will be at Anfield when Liverpool and Manchester City do battle.
Leicester City will be halfway through the title defence when they face West Ham in front of their home fans at King Power Stadium, while Manchester United will host Middlesbrough.
Hull City Vs Everton
Saturday 31 December, 7:00am, KC Stadium
Hull City have won two of their eight games as home underdogs this season for a narrow profit, while Everton are 4-1-3 as away favourites.
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Burnley Vs Sunderland
Sunday 1 January, 1:00am, Turf Moor
Burnley have won six of their ten games played at home this season and Sunderland have won just three of their past 17 games as away underdogs.
Back Burnley To Win @ $2.38
Chelsea Vs Stoke City
Sunday 1 January, 1:00am, Stamford Bridge
Chelsea have won their past four games without conceding a goal and Stoke City have won just three of their past 16 games as away underdogs.
Back Chelsea To Win To Nil @ $1.91
Leicester City Vs West Ham United
Sunday 1 January, 1:00am, King Power Stadium
Leicester City have won nine of their past 16 games as home favourites, while West Ham have taken at least a point from nine of their past 15 games as away underdogs.
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Manchester United Vs Middlesbrough
Sunday 1 January, 1:00am, Old Trafford
The under has saluted in 12 of the past 19 home games played by Manchester United and six of the nine away games played by Middlesbrough this season.
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Southampton Vs West Bromwich Albion
Sunday 1 January, 1:00am, St Mary's Stadium
Southampton have won ten of their past 13 games as home favourites and West Bromwich Albion have won just three of their past 18 games as away underdogs.
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Swansea City Vs Bournemouth
Sunday 1 January, 1:00am, Liberty Stadium
Swansea City will go into this clash with yet another manager and they have won just two of their past eight games as home underdogs.
Bournemouth have won one of their past three games as away favourites.
Liverpool Vs Manchester City
Sunday 1 January, 1:00am, Anfield
This is easily the biggest game of the weekend in the English Premier League.
Liverpool have won only eight of their past 16 games as home favourites for a clear loss, while Manchester City have won two of their past three games as away underdogs.
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Watford Vs Tottenham Hotspur
Sunday 1 January, 1:00am, Vicarage Road
Watford have won three of their past nine games as home underdogs for a clear and Tottenham have also proven to be a profitable winning play as away favourites.
Arsenal Vs Crystal Palace
Sunday 1 January, 1:00am, Emirates Stadium
Arsenal have won 12 of their past 18 games as home favourites for a narrow loss, while Crystal Palace have won two of their past 15 games as away underdogs.