The English Premier League, popularly known as the EPL, returns today after a six-week holiday, with the league’s schedule well packed in the next few weeks.
The EPL, like other major leagues around the world, took a break in November for the World Cup held in Qatar.
The league returns on Monday – December 26 – which is Boxing Day and there is plenty to fight for at the top and bottom of the EPL standings.
Battle of the top
Leaders Arsenal will host West Ham in the Emirates match aiming to protect their five-point gap between them and defending champions Manchester City.
Second-placed City could find themselves eight points behind the leaders when they take on Leeds United at Elland Road on Wednesday.
Champions League race
The race to qualify for the championship club championship will also be witnessed on Boxing Day involving Tottenham, Newcastle, Liverpool and Chelsea who occupy the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth positions.
The four clubs will face Brentford, Leicester City, Aston Villa and Bournemouth in the competition on Monday.
Fifth-placed Manchester United take on Nottingham Forest on Tuesday to close the points gap on Tottenham.
Nottingham are currently 18th in the EPL standings with 13 points from 15 matches but it is not an easy game for Erik Ten Hag’s men.