How will the Premier League table look on Christmas Day?


How will the Premier League table look on Christmas Day?

With the Premier League taking a break, it’s the perfect time to take stock, gaze into our crystal ball and explore how the Premier League table might look at the halfway stage of the season.

Most teams now have 10 games to go until Boxing Day – will the table change shape significantly?

Here’s our look at how things might play out…


Fixtures: Leicester City (h), Crystal Palace (a), Liverpool (h), Wolves (h), Bournemouth (a), Tottenham Hotspur (h), Man Utd (a), Huddersfield (h), Southampton (a), Burnley (h)
Likely points: 22
Verdict: Arsenal’s impressive start to the season could get rockier over the next few weeks with Emery’s first taste of a North London derby and tricky games against Liverpool and Man Utd, but there’s nothing to suggest they won’t remain flat-track bullies against the rest – very much keeping an unexpected tilt at the Top Four on track.


Fixtures: Southampton (h), Fulham (a), Man Utd (h), Newcastle (a), Arsenal (h), Man City (a), Huddersfield (h), Liverpool (h), Wolves (a), Brighton (a)
Likely points: 11
Verdict: A harder run of fixtures for the high-flying Cherries, but they still have enough winnable games to be well placed going into the second half of the season.


Fixtures: Newcastle (a), Wolves (h), Everton (h), Cardiff City (a), Leicester City (h), Huddersfield Town (a), Crystal Palace (h), Burnley (a), Chelsea (h), Bournemouth (a)

Eddie Howe

Likely points: 11
Verdict: An easier fixture list for the Seagulls in light of their start to the season should see them yield a more healthy points return – although they will need to find a win from somewhere on the road to avoid looking over their shoulder.


Fixtures: Man City (a), Chelsea (h), West Ham (a), Leicester City (a), Newcastle (h), Crystal Palace (a), Liverpool (h), Brighton (h), Tottenham Hotspur (a), Arsenal (h)
Likely points: 8
Verdict: The next few weeks don’t look particularly kind for Sean Dyche’s side, but late November brings some winnable fixtures which should tide the Clarets over until Christmas.


Fixtures: Fulham (h), Liverpool (a), Leicester City (h), Brighton (h), Everton (a), Wolves (h), West Ham (a), Southampton (h), Watford (a), Man Utd (h)
Likely points: 7
Verdict: It’s been a reality check for the Bluebirds over the early course of the season and they simply need to get a win under their belt to get their season firing. Home games against Fulham, Brighton and Southampton are opportunities for maximum points that can’t be missed.


Fixtures: Man Utd (h), Burnley (a), Crystal Palace (h), Everton (h), Tottenham Hotspur (a), Fulham (h), Wolves (a), Man City (h), Brighton (a), Leicester City (a)

Chelsea's Eden Hazard (centre) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 29, 2018. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
Likely points: 21
Verdict: The feel-good factor is back at Stamford Bridge after Maurizio Sarri’s hassle-free start to the season. Even with a few tricky ties thrown in, expect Chelsea to still be full of Christmas cheer in the race for the Premier League title come the 25th.


Fixtures: Everton (a), Arsenal (h), Chelsea (a), Spurs (h), Man Utd (a), Burnley (h), Brighton (a), West Ham (a), Leicester City (h), Man City (a)
Likely points: 7
Verdict: Roy Hodgson might find it hard to enjoy his Christmas dinner this year with the Eagles facing a horrendous run that could make or break their season. After only picking up seven points from their first eight games, the Eagles will need a few surprise results to avoid being buried deep in the relegation scrap.


Fixtures: Crystal Palace (h), Man Utd (a), Brighton (h), Chelsea (a), Cardiff City (h), Liverpool (a), Newcastle (h), Watford (h), Man City (a), Tottenham Hotspur (h)
Likely points: 16
Verdict: Marco Silva looks to finally be finding his feet at Goodison Park, and a clutch of winnable home games should see the Toffees return to their rightful spot in and around the Big Six as one of the best of the rest.


Fixtures: Cardiff (a), Bournemouth (h), Huddersfield (a), Liverpool (a), Southampton (h), Chelsea (a), Leicester City (h), Man Utd (a), West Ham (h), Newcastle (a)
Likely points: 12
Verdict: It’s been a rocky start for Fulham after much early season hype, but if they can solve their defensive issues, the next 10 games offer some promising opportunities to get some wins on the board. Expect the goals to continue to flow in both directions.


Fixtures: Liverpool (h), Watford (a), Fulham (h), West Ham (h), Wolves (a), Brighton (h), Bournemouth (a), Arsenal (a), Newcastle (h), Southampton (h)
Likely points: 9

Huddersfield Town's Christopher Schindler scores his side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 6, 2018. See PA story SOCCER Burnley. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Verdict: An improved performance away to Burnley gives David Wagner something to hold onto going into the international break but the Terriers still look goal shy. This looks to be one of their most generous runs of the season – failure to capitalise here will surely have consequences in the final relegation shake-up.


Fixtures: Arsenal (a), West Ham (h), Cardiff City (a), Burnley (h), Brighton (a), Watford (h), Fulham (a), Tottenham Hotspur (h), Crystal Palace (a), Chelsea (a)
Likely points: 14
Verdict: A delicately balanced set of fixtures for the Foxes, which should yield enough points to keep them in the chase for the European places. Will that be enough for the constant speculation around Claude Puel’s future to remain at arm’s length?


Fixtures: Huddersfield (a), Cardiff City (h), Arsenal (a), Fulham (h), Watford (a), Everton (h), Burnley (a), Bournemouth (a), Man Utd (h), Wolves (a)
Likely points: 24
Verdict: In theory, a good chance here for the Reds to underline their title credentials and steal a march on the main contenders. However, they have looked leggy in recent weeks with their front three failing to fire – and their European campaign has got harder after the defeat to Napoli.


Fixtures: Burnley (h), Tottenham Hotspur (a), Southampton (h), Man Utd (h), West Ham (a), Bournemouth (h), Watford (a), Chelsea (a), Everton (h), Crystal Palace (h)
Likely points: 26
Verdict: The fixture list has been kind to the reigning Premier League champions, with home games dominating in the run-up to Christmas. Trips to Spurs and Chelsea will test their dominance.


Fixtures: Chelsea (a), Everton (h), Bournemouth (a), Man City (a), Crystal Palace (h), Southampton (a), Arsenal (h), Fulham (h), Liverpool (a), Cardiff City (a)

Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with team-mates

Likely points: 17
Verdict: Things look decidedly dicey for Jose Mourinho immediately after the international break before a lighter run of games from mid-November. The big question, given recent rumours, will be whether the Portuguese boss is still tucking into his turkey in the Lowry come Christmas Day.


Fixtures: Brighton (h), Southampton (a), Watford (h), Bournemouth (h), Burnley (a), West Ham (h), Everton (a), Wolves (h), Huddersfield (a), Fulham (h)
Likely points: 12
Verdict: Any win will do for Rafa Benitez, and an upcoming home game against travel-sick Brighton is the perfect opportunity to get off the mark. As winter kicks in, form at St James’ Park will be key if the Magpies are going to avoid a long, hard season of struggle.


Fixtures: Bournemouth (a), Newcastle Utd (h) , Man City (a), Watford (h), Fulham (a), Man Utd (h), Tottenham Hotspur (a), Cardiff City (a), Arsenal (h), Huddersfield Town (a)
Likely points: 8
Verdict: The Saints simply can’t hold on to a lead or build any momentum at St Mary’s, and that simply has to change after the clocks go back or it will be a Blue Christmas for many a Saints fan. On paper, they have some favourable home games and winnable six-pointers away – but Mark Hughes has some thinking to do this international break to banish the negativity surrounding his side.


Fixtures: West Ham (a), Man City (h), Wolves (a), Crystal Palace (a), Chelsea (h), Arsenal (a), Southampton (a), Leicester City (a), Burnley (h), Everton (a)
Likely points: 20
Verdict: Spurs look to have a trickier run than many of their Champions League rivals, particularly with many of their squad still suffering in the wake of a gruelling year of World Cup 2018 football. This spell of games may well be all about clinging on the coat-tails of their title rivals before the chance to regroup after Christmas.


Fixtures: Wolves (a), Huddersfield (h), Newcastle (a), Southampton (a), Liverpool (h), Leicester City (a), Man City (a), Everton (h), Cardiff City (h), West Ham (a)
Likely points: 10
Verdict: The Hornets’ sting has been blunted recently, but they still look a side comfortably strong enough to keep their heads above the relegation fray. Nevertheless, results could be inconsistent up until Christmas with a mixed bag of fixtures. A point per game would be a more than acceptable return.


Fixtures: Tottenham Hotspur (h), Leicester City (a), Burnley (h), Huddersfield (a), Man City (h), Newcastle (a), Cardiff City (h), Crystal Palace (h), Fulham (a), Watford (h)


Likely points: 14
Verdict: West Ham’s strong recent run came to an abrupt end with a lacklustre 1-0 defeat away at Brighton, but their next run of games offers a strong opportunity to push away from relegation danger and join the likes of Everton and Leicester in respectable mid-table. Bar City, the home games on offer this autumn look particularly favourable.


Fixtures: Watford (h), Brighton (a), Tottenham Hotspur (h), Arsenal (a), Huddersfield (h), Cardiff City (a), Chelsea (h), Newcastle (a), Bournemouth (h), Liverpool (h)
Likely points: 14
Verdict: The season’s surprise (or not-so-surprise?) package continue to impress in their first season back in the Premier League since 2011/12. The resilience of Nuno’s side will be tested with tough-looking games against several of the Big Six in the run-up to Christmas – but as they demonstrated against Man City and Man Utd, don’t back against them picking up some unexpected points.


Do you agree with our projected points tallies and table below?

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Our projected Premier League table on Christmas Day…

1) Man City

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

All image sources from PA Images


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