The Christmas period is generally considered the time which separates title contenders and winners.
And it’s important to gain some momentum going forward.
That could not be more the case for Newcastle, who are on a horrific run and will take on record-breakers Man City on December 27.
It was at this time last season when Liverpool’s challenge began to derail.
But thanks to City’s brilliant form they are effectively playing for fourth as they host Swansea.
And that is a game they lost last season.
Tottenham will be busy with Mauricio Pochettino hosting old club Southampton.
Boxing Day fixtures
Bournemouth vs West Ham
Chelsea vs Brighton
Huddersfield vs Stoke
Liverpool vs Swansea
Manchester United vs Burnley
Tottenham vs Southampton
Watford vs Leicester
West Brom vs Everton
Newcastle vs Manchester City
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal
Arsenal vs Chelsea will take place on January 3 — it was this game last season that forced Antonio Conte into the famous tactical switch to a three-man defence.
On New Year’s Day, Everton against United is the standout fixture.
Meanwhile, Liverpool face another match they lost last season as they travel to Burnley, who will relish the challenge of a tough Christmas period.
Bournemouth vs Everton
Chelsea vs Stoke
Huddersfield vs Burnley
Liverpool vs Leicester
Newcastle vs Brighton
Watford vs Swansea
Manchester United vs Southampton
New Year’s Eve
Crystal Palace vs Man City
West Brom vs Arsenal
New Year’s Day fixtures
Brighton vs Bournemouth
Burnley vs Liverpool
Everton vs Manchester United
Leicester vs Huddersfield
Stoke vs Newcastle
Manchester City vs Watford
Swansea vs Tottenham
Southampton vs Crystal Palace
West Ham vs West Brom
Arsenal vs Chelsea
Tottenham vs West Ham
Things go from bad to worse for Swansea who host Tottenham on the back of their trip to Anfield.
But under former boss Paul Clement, they did hold out for a 0-0 draw at Wembley.
City welcome Watford to the Etihad for their first match in 2018.
Both Pochettino and Pep Guardiola’s men play on January 2.
And Spurs will round off the Christmas period with a rare Thursday night trip to bogey side West Ham on on January 4.
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