How Will the 2019/20 Premier League Boxing Day Table Look?

Marathonbet dust off the crystal ball and take a peek into the not-too-distant-future to see where teams will sit come the halfway point of the season...

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Man City players celebrate a goal.

We’re now less than 10 games away from the traditional mid-point of the 2019/20 season.

It’s more commonly known as the highlight of the festive season for football fans… Boxing Day.

Forget tucking into turkey sandwiches, Boxing Day football is where it’s at on the 26th December, but how might the Premier League table look by then?

We’ve dusted off our crystal ball to see how the Premier League could be shaping up by Christmas…

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How Will the Premier League Boxing Day Table for 2019 Look? Marathonbet Predicts….

ARSENAL

Fixtures: Crystal Palace (H), Wolves (H), Leicester City (A), Southampton (H), Norwich City (A), Brighton (H), West Ham Utd (A), Man City (H), Everton (A)
Our projected points 15
Verdict: The 1-0 defeat to Sheffield Utd rekindled all the old concerns about Arsenal and their backbone on the road. This run to Christmas looks particularly tricky on the road for the Gunners. However, in an open-looking league this season, their haul should be enough to keep them in Champions League contention come Christmas.

 

ASTON VILLA

Fixtures: Man City (a), Liverpool (h), Wolves (a), Newcastle (h), Man Utd (a), Chelsea (a), Leicester City (h), Sheffield Utd (a), Southampton (h)
Our projected points: 7

Villa players celebrate scoring.


Verdict:
 Villa have finally found their feet at this level after two wins in a row, crucially against teams likely to be in and around them at the end of the season. Dean Smith will be grateful to have those points in the bag with Villa now facing a tough autumn schedule. The Premier League Christmas table might make for more unflattering reading for Villa fans with six of their nine games coming against teams who finished ninth or higher last season.

 

AFC BOURNEMOUTH

Fixtures: Watford (a), Man Utd (h), Newcastle (a), Wolves (h), Spurs (a), Crystal Palace (a), Liverpool (h), Chelsea (a), Burnley (h)
Our projected points: 8
Verdict: A real mixed bag of games for one of the hardest Premier League sides to predict. On their day, the Cherries are more than a match for anyone in this division, but as the recent 0-0 home draw with struggling Norwich shows, they are equally as capable of fluffing their lines. Over double figures points-wise would represent a healthy return.

 

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION

Fixtures: Everton (h), Norwich City (h), Man Utd (a), Leicester City (h), Liverpool (a), Arsenal (a), Wolves (h), Crystal Palace (a), Sheffield Utd (h)
Our projected points: 10

Neal Maupay salutes the fans.


Verdict:
 Graham Potter is rightly winning plaudits for revolutionising Brighton’s style of play this season. However, that hasn’t necessarily translated into the points return they arguably merit so far this season. That said, the Seagulls need to improve their game management skills, with red cards and occasional lapses in concentration proving costly so far. Autumn looks tough on Brighton, albeit with winnable games at the Amex if they can make their home a fortress again.

 

BURNLEY

Fixtures: Chelsea (h), Sheffield Utd (a), West Ham (h), Watford (a), Crystal Palace (h), Man City (h), Spurs (a), Newcastle (h), Bournemouth (a)
Our projected points: 10
Verdict: Stick a pin in the middle of the Premier League Boxing Day table and there’s a high chance you’ll land on Burnley. Once again, the Clarets look solid as a rock under Sean Dyche. While not necessarily scaling the heights of two years ago, Burnley look to have both the nous and discipline to be pushing for a top half finish. This run of games should keep them in contention.

 

CHELSEA

Fixtures: Burnley (a), Watford (a), Crystal Palace (h), Man City (a), West Ham (h), Aston Villa (h), Everton (a), Bournemouth (h), Spurs (a)
Our projected points: 16

Willian takes a corner.


Verdict:
 On the surface, an encouraging run of games for Chelsea. With plenty of winnable home games at Stamford Bridge, Frank Lampard stands a real chance of positioning his Blues side as ‘best of the rest’ below Liverpool and Man City when looking at the potential Premier League table at Christmas. Away trips to a dogged Burnley and Champions League rivals Man City and Spurs could halt momentum, particularly with midweek European games to contend with.

 

CRYSTAL PALACE

Fixtures: Arsenal (a), Leicester City (h), Chelsea (a), Liverpool (h), Burnley (a), Bournemouth (h), Watford (a), Brighton (h), Newcastle (a)
Our projected points: 8
Verdict: Palace have arguably exceeded expectations so far this campaign, picking up important wins even when not playing particularly well. Their staying power in the top six will surely come under scrutiny over the next month. However, Palace being Palace, it’s probably wise to expect the unexpected with some surprise results along the way.

 

EVERTON

Fixtures: Brighton (a), Spurs (h), Southampton (a), Norwich City (h), Leicester City (a), Liverpool (a), Chelsea (h), Man Utd (a), Arsenal (h)

Marco Silva on the touchline.


Our projected points:
 9
Verdict: The 2-0 win over West Ham means Marco Silva has silenced some of his immediate doubters for the time being. However, it could be a brief reprieve if Everton fail to build on their points haul significantly over the next month, with December looking decidedly dicey for the Toffees. Dreams of European football might have to be put on pause yet again.

 

LEICESTER CITY

Fixtures: Southampton (a), Crystal Palace (a), Arsenal (h), Brighton (a), Everton (h), Watford (h), Aston Villa (a), Norwich City (h), Man City (h)
Our projected points: 15
Verdict: The Foxes look eminently capable of kicking on and challenging the established order this campaign. However, it still feels that Brendan Rodgers’ rebuilding job still needs time to fully click into gear. Occasional off-days look like they could put paid to any ambitions of a top four finish, but this run of games could give them a fighting chance of stealing a march on the usual suspects.

 

LIVERPOOL

Fixtures: Spurs (h), Aston Villa (a), Man City (h), Crystal Palace (a), Brighton (h), Everton (h), Bournemouth (a), Watford (h)
Our projected points: 20

Sadio Mané battles for the ball.


Verdict:
 Old rivals Man Utd dug deep to dent Liverpool 100% record last time out, but this run of fixtures looks generous enough to suggest the Reds should have their noses in front to top the Premier League Christmas table. Momentum could all rest on the result at Anfield on 10th November when they welcome reigning champions Man City to town. Will Klopp play it safe or go for broke? Results have sometimes been better than performances suggest, but the Reds will still take some stopping.

 

MAN CITY

Fixtures: Aston Villa (h), Southampton (h), Liverpool (a), Chelsea (h), Newcastle (a), Burnley (a), Man Utd (h), Arsenal (a), Leicester City (h)
Our projected points: 23
Verdict: City are playing the role of unfamiliar role of the hunter rather than the hunted this season, but have the confidence of knowing they managed to overtake Liverpool from a similar gap in 2018/19. The autumn schedule includes some tricky tests of character including a trip to Anfield and a Manchester derby. However, City’s squad depth could prove handy on the domestic front if they can wrap up qualification to the Champions League Round of 16 with games to spare.

 

MAN UTD

Fixtures: Norwich City (a), Bournemouth (a), Brighton (h), Sheffield Utd (a), Aston Villa (h), Spurs (h), Man City (a), Everton (h), Watford (a)
Our projected points: 14

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dishes out instructions.


Verdict:
 A spirited showing against Liverpool at least sets up Ole Gunnar Solksjaer with some momentum heading into what looks like a more hassle-free month ahead as Utd take on all three promoted clubs. That said, 2019/20 looks like a season where every Premier League side looks capable of raising their game any given weekend. Further slip-ups will heap more pressure on the Norwegian after the respite of derby day. However, this fixture list and a lighter injury list could hand him a small window to slowly start changing the negative narrative hanging over Old Trafford.

 

NEWCASTLE UTD

Fixtures: Wolves (h), West Ham (a), Bournemouth (h), Aston Villa (a), Man City (h), Sheffield Utd (a), Southampton (h), Burnley (a), Crystal Palace (h)
Our projected points: 8
Verdict: Steve Bruce has his critics at St James’ Park but has at least managed to retain the remnants of Rafa Benitez’s defensive regime. It’s hard to see the Magpies making any major in-roads away from the relegation zone before Boxing Day, but recent form suggests Bruce is capable of at least chipping away at the points needed to keep Newcastle nip-and-tuck with the rest of the relegation pack. It’s not going to be pretty, but don’t write off the Magpies just yet.

 

NORWICH CITY

Fixtures: Man Utd (h), Brighton (a), Watford (h), Everton (a), Arsenal (h), Southampton (a), Sheffield Utd (h), Leicester City (a), Wolves (h)
Our projected points: 6

Teemu Pukki gets booked.


Verdict:
 Have reports of the Canaries’ death been greatly exaggerated? An impressively disciplined performance against Bournemouth where they kept a first clean sheet of the season suggests Daniel Farke still has his team onside as his paper-thin squad rallied impressively after the 1-5 home drubbing to Aston Villa. Unfortunately, a lack of numbers could make the run-up to Christmas extremely panful if their injury list continues to hit hard.

 

SHEFFIELD UTD

Fixtures: West Ham (a), Burnley (h), Spurs (a), Man Utd (h), Wolves (a), Newcastle (h), Norwich City (a), Aston Villa (h), Brighton (a)
Our projected points: 9
Verdict: This season’s surprise packages, Chris Wilder’s canny Sheffield Utd currently look the promoted team most likely to ease away from the relegation conversation come late April. Wilder’s tactics of overlapping centre backs continue to confound more experienced Premier League managers. The Blades now have a generous-looking autumn fixture to make genuine headway going into the second half of the season. Could they still be claiming a top half berth by the start of the Boxing Day football? Don’t rule it out.

 

SOUTHAMPTON

Fixtures: Leicester City (h), Man City (h), Everton (h), Arsenal (a), Watford (h), Norwich City (h), Newcastle (a), West Ham (h), Aston Villa (a)
Our projected points: 9

Angus Gunn fails to stop Southampton conceding.


Verdict:
 Alarm bells could be ringing for Ralph Hasenhüttl with Southampton struggling to find any real sense of identity so far this season, despite picking up some useful points against teams around them. The Saints’ chances of avoiding a long season of struggle will ultimately rest on turning around their home form at St Mary’s. A double home header against fellow strugglers Watford and Norwich looks key.

 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Fixtures: Liverpool (a), Everton (a), Sheffield Utd (h), West Ham (a), Bournemouth (h), Man Utd (a), Burnley (h), Wolves (a), Chelsea (h)
Our projected points: 11
Verdict: Mauricio Pochettino’s hopes of an instant recovery from his week from hell were dashed last weekend as Watford held Spurs to a lucky draw at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. With two tough away trips to come, things could get worse before they get better for the under-siege Argentinian. With speculation surrounding his future continuing to mount, Last Christmas might well be on hard rotation on Poch’s festive playlist this December if time really is running out on his tenure in North London.

 

WATFORD

Fixtures: Bournemouth (h), Chelsea (h), Norwich City (a), Burnley (h), Southampton (a), Leicester City (a), Crystal Palace (h), Liverpool (a), Man Utd (h)
Our projected points: 7

Watford look dejected after conceding.


Verdict:
 Watford’s woeful start to the season leaves few reasons to be cheerful at Vicarage Road heading into a busy autumn schedule. However, Quique Sánchez Flores does seem to have at least brought the fight back with hard-fought draws against Arsenal and Spurs suggesting that first win could be knocking on the door. November looks to be their best chance of making up ground on their relegation rivals before a daunting run-up to the festive season.

 

WEST HAM UTD

Fixtures: Sheffield Utd (h), Newcastle (h), Burnley (a), Spurs (h), Chelsea (a), Wolves (a), Arsenal (h), Southampton (a)
Our projected points: 10
Verdict: Encouraging early-season form is showing worrying signs of tailing off at West Ham. Despite flashes of brilliance, inconsistency still continues to dog Manuel Pellegrini’s smartly-assembled squad. The Hammers look capable of raising their game against any side but are too often guilty of being their own worst enemies. That means a middling points return from this next set of games looks likely, albeit with a European push not out of the question if they can strengthen further come January.

 

WOLVES

Fixtures: Newcastle (a), Arsenal (a), Aston Villa (h), Bournemouth (a), Sheffield Utd (h), West Ham (h), Brighton (a), Spurs (h), Norwich City (a)
Our projected points: 11

Wolves celebrate scoring.


Verdict:
 Is the Saints game a sign of things to come for Wolves this season after their slow start? Their impressive 2018/19 campaign was built around big results against the elite clubs. However, one criticism of Nuno’s side that remains valid is their continuing inability to take all three points in games where they are expected to win. Wolves’ autumn fixture list contains a few ‘red flags’ on that front, but they should come through relatively unscathed. Europa League fatigue will also continue to dictate whether Wolves will be sitting pretty in the top half of the Premier League table at Christmas.

 

Our projected Premier League Boxing Day table

1) Liverpool
2) Man City
3) Chelsea
4) Leicester City
5) Arsenal
6) Spurs
7) Man Utd
8) Wolves
9) West Ham
10) Burnley
11) Crystal Palace
12) Sheffield Utd
13) Bournemouth
14) Everton
15) Brighton
16) Aston Villa
17) Southampton
18) Newcastle
19) Norwich City
20) Watford

Premier League Top at Christmas Stats – Last Six Seasons

It’s not so good to be Christmas No. 1 if you’re a Liverpool fan…

2018/19 – Liverpool (finished 2nd)
2017/18 – Man City (finished 1st)
2016/17 – Chelsea (finished 1st)
2015/16 – Leicester City (finished 1st)
2014/15 – Chelsea (finished 1st)
2013/14 – Liverpool (finished 2nd)

Premier League Bottom at Christmas Stats – Last Six Seasons

However, it’s not so bad to be bottom of the pile on Boxing Day…

2018/19 – Huddersfield Town – relegated
2017/18 – Huddersfield Town – survived
2016/17 – Hull City – relegated
2015/16 – Aston Villa – relegated
2014/15 – Leicester City – survived
2013/14 – Sunderland – survived

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