Sat around the Boxing Day dining table pulling Christmas Crackers this year are:
Liverpool v Newcastle
Manchester United v Huddersfield
Tottenham Hotspur v Bournemouth
Three mouth watering fixtures with a Liverpool team, sat alone at the top of the Christmas tree, and full of goals. Klopp will want his team to push on and not fail to capitalize as they did in 1997, 2009, and 2014 to the city of Manchester. United in 1997and 2009 and City in 2014 the season of the Steven Gerrard slip. Defensive frailties let them down but with only 7 goals against this season Klopp seems to have put that right. United, who went on the rampage at Cardiff, seem reborn. Spurs were even more rampant at Everton and will look to continue that with opposing manager Howe, possibly watching his team for next season, if Pochettino moves to United or Real Madrid.
Licking Their Wounds
Manchester City and Chelsea, licking their wounds after two highly unlikely home defeats, will be keen to get back to winning ways away to Leicester and Watford respectively. If City can get David Silva back on the pitch for this one he could change their fortunes. The master of the slide rule pass has been superb this season and must be in with a shout for the player of the season. Chelsea need Hazard firing and more from a few others.
Turf Moor Draw?
At Turf Moor Burnley entertain Everton who need to react after being demolished by Spurs at Goodison. This time last year they played out a 0-0 draw at soon to be relegated West Brom and a draw with Burnley is 12/5. Burnley look in trouble and Everton capable of going into a free fall zone. Both teams might settle for a point.
At the age of 17 Marc started working for the local Echo in Southampton and even made the sports pages himself when selected for Hampshire youth. But a serious back injury, sustained after a car crash on his way back from a party from Bournemouth, put paid to his sporting career. So now he writes about it.