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English Premier League Festive Fixtures

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The soccer fixtures continue to come thick and fast over the Festive period with clubs faced with squeezing three games in before the league takes a break for the third round of the FA Cup. The standings have a disjointed look because of the postponements forced by outbreaks of Covid-19 at several clubs.

Seven clubs have played their full 18 games with a further six one game short of that total. Five more teams have two games to make up while Burnley and Tottenham have three games in hand on teams around them in the league. A good Christmas can ease relegation fears or move a team into European places or even into the title race.

We have analysed the schedules of each club to find out which is the most favourable over Christmas based on league positions and the days in which they play their next three games.

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Extra Rest Can Help City’s Rivals

Manchester City’s title defence is going according to plan and despite a couple of setbacks against Tottenham on the opening day of the season and at home to Crystal Palace at the end of October, Pep Guardiola’s side remain on course to win multiple trophies this season.

However, City’s Christmas schedule is not as favourable as their biggest rivals for the title. City face three games in seven days while Liverpool and Chelsea have an extra day to fit their matches in.

One day might not seem a big deal, but with positive tests for Coronavirus becoming more and more prevalent, squads are being tested and every minute of recovery will be crucial to pick up a maximum haul of nine points.

After hosting Leicester on Boxing Day, City travel to Brentford on December 29th before rounding off their Festive fixtures at Arsenal on New Year’s Day. Liverpool can join City on 44 points if they can beat Leeds at Anfield in the early kick-off on Boxing Day before completing their programme with trips to Leicester (December 28th) and Chelsea (January 2).

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea need a profitable period if they are to stay in the title race. The Blues fell six points behind City after they were held to a goalless draw at Wolves in the final slate of fixtures before Christmas.

After travelling to Aston Villa on Boxing Day, Chelsea host Brighton (December 29) before their mouthwatering clash with Jurgen Klopp’s side at Stamford Bridge on the second day of 2022.

Wolves have the luxury of having their three games spread out over nine days which is a luxury many clubs would dream of. Bruno Lage’s side have climbed to eighth in the table despite winning just one of their last six league games. The Molineux side face Watford on Boxing Day before successive away games at Arsenal (December 28) and Manchester United (January 3).

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James Boyle for Bookies.com
James Boyle
A keen horse racing enthusiast, James has years of experience as a tipster and pundit with the likes of myracing, the Racing Post and many more. James ran his own private tipping service for almost a decade and has a proven history of making profits from analysing horse racing. You can find all of his analysis and tips right here exclusively on Bookmakers.com.