Meantime, down to business so here we go…
TUESDAY 14TH DECEMBER
Brentford 19:30 Manchester United
Match postponed after Ronaldo sneezed.
Norwich City 19:45 Aston Villa
At 7:45 this Tuesday, Norwich City v Aston Villa. Norwich are now managed by Dean Smith who was the Villa manager at the start of the season. The Canaries are still rock bottom of the table and come into this game off the back of two defeats. Hanley missing through injury. Aston Villa lost to Liverpool at the weekend when Mings gave away a penalty. No Nakamba or Bailey for Villa.
Manchester City 20:00 Leeds United
Tuesday's late match is between Manchester City and Leeds United. City are still top of the League with Sterling back in favour and playing well. Bernardo Silva is another player in good form. Cancelo is suspended for this one. Leeds are up to 15th but lost in a thrilling match against Chelsea last time out. No Rodrigo, Phillips, Cooper or Bamford.
WEDNESDAY 15TH DECEMBER
Brighton & Hove Albion 19:30 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Potentially four games this Wednesday, the first kicks off at 7:30pm and features Brighton & Hove Albion against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Brighton had the weekend off as their opponents, Spurs, had a Covid outbreak. Duffy suspended. Dunk injured. Lallana and Veltman doubts. Wolves suffered back-to-back loses after defeat to Man City on Saturday. Jimenez is suspended for this one.
Burnley 19:30 Watford
Next, Burnley v Watford at Turf Moor. Burnley are still in the bottom three having recorded four draws in their last five games. Cornet is likely to miss this game through injury. 17th placed Watford seem to be putting in spirited performances but not coming away with the points. Dennis is in fine goal scoring form at the moment. No Sarr or Foster for the Hornets.
Crystal Palace 19:30 Southampton
The last of the 7:30pm games is Crystal Palace versus Southampton at Selhurst Park. Palace beat Everton 3-1 at the weekend, Connor Gallagher the star of the show. No new injuries to report for the Eagles. Southampton are gradually slipping closer to the relegation zone, only picking up a couple of points from the last 15 available. Injuries to McCarthy, Forster, Broja, Adams and both Armstrongs. Livramento hopefully fit.
Arsenal 20:00 West Ham United
At 8pm, a London derby between Arsenal and West Ham United. The Gunners are in 6th and recorded a comfortable win at the weekend. Arteta has dropped Aubameyang due to disciplinary issues, Lacazette is therefore back in favour. Smith Rowe has returned from injury. West Ham played out a nil-nil draw on Sunday and Antonio certainly isn't in the same form as he was at the start of the season. The Hammers will still be missing a whole back four through injury for this game.
THURSDAY 16TH DECEMBER
Leicester City 19:30 Tottenham Hotspur
On Thursday we have three different kick off times all within a single transfer period. First up at 7:30pm, Leicester City against Tottenham Hotspur (Covid permitting). The Foxes thrashed Newcastle at the weekend, when Vardy was benched in favour of Daka and Maddison was in the points again. Spurs had the weekend off due to an outbreak of Covid so hopefully this game will be on. Reguilon and Romero both injured.
Chelsea 19:45 Everton
At 7:45pm, Chelsea v Everton at Stamford Bridge. I'm not sure what has happened to the Chelsea defence recently, they've started shipping at least a couple of goals a game. Chilwell is injured as is Chalobah and Kovacic. Everton are on a poor run of form (excluding the blip against Arsenal). Likely to be no Allan, Davies, Mina, DCL or Richarlison available for the Toffees.
Liverpool 20:00 Newcastle United
And finally, Liverpool against Newcastle United. Second-top versus second-bottom at Anfield. Liverpool have won five in a row and Salah is in phenomenal form. Firmino is back in training but this match may come too soon for him. Jota was fit enough for a second half appearance on Saturday. The Magpies have improved marginally under Eddie Howe but are like to lose. No new injuries to report.
And that’s your lot until the weekend, will post a review of the League on Friday – one more weekend play and then we’re into the Christmas hols, let’s hope the players come back full of Christmas cheer rather than Covid virus!