It may not be Christmas for another month, but Santa must be in a good mood this year. Why? Because there’s going to be an absolutely incredible slate of English Premier League games to kick off the holidays!
What better way to end the year than with roast turkey, stuffing, and a quadruple helping of top footy action?
Stream Manchester City vs. Chelsea live
Given the recent performance of his players, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has reason to be smug.
When: Saturday, December 3rd. 7:30 am Eastern Time
Where: Etihad Stadium
Who: Manchester City vs. Chelsea
Caleb’s Score Prediction – Man City 1:2 Chelsea
Ever since their 3:0 thrashing at the Emirates, Chelsea have found a new gear, reeling off six consecutive victories and vaulting themselves to the top spot of the table.
Entering December, the Blues will travel to the Etihad to take on a Man City squad that started the season hot but has since cooled down. With captain Vincent Kompany suffering from an injured knee, expect little resistance as Conte’s side continues their fine form and emerge with a victory.
Watch Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur live
Even with the game being played at Old Trafford instead of White Hart Lane, the Red Devils should expect a tough match ahead.
When: Sunday, December 11th. 9:15 am Eastern Time
Where: Old Trafford
Who: Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Caleb’s Score Prediction – Man United 2:2 Spurs
Coming into the season, expectations were high (as they always are) at Old Trafford. With José Mourinho taking over and new signings Zlatan Ibrahimović and Paul Pogba, the future looked bright.
Fast forward to the end of November and United sit sixth in the table, nine points behind leaders Chelsea. The Red Devils desperately need a win to keep their title dreams alive, but they’ll have to wait as Spurs, looking to vent their Champions League frustration, come to town.
Mourinho’s fiery presence and home advantage will fire United to an early lead. However, the mental lapses that have plagued the Red Devils all season will gift the visitors enough opportunities to pull out a draw.
Watch Manchester City vs. Arsenal live
Arsenal might be celebrating early and often, but Manchester City should come away with the three points.
When: Sunday, December 18th. 11:00 am Eastern Time
Where: Etihad Stadium
Who: Manchester City vs. Arsenal
Caleb’s Score Prediction – Man City 3:2 Arsenal
Who’s ready for a shootout? Both Man. City and Arsenal boast plenty of firepower but neither have kept a clean sheet for almost a month. If you watch football for the goals, this is the game for you.
Manchester City’s slightly superior goal difference should be the difference in what promises to be an absolute barnburner of a game. Will Nolito and Agüero outscore Sanchez and Giroud? Which goalkeeper will be picking the ball out the back of the net more often? One thing’s for sure: you won’t be bored watching this one!
Stream the Merseyside Derby live
With Klopp at the helm, Liverpool has undergone an offensive renaissance.
When: Monday, December 19th. 3:00 pm Eastern Time
Where: Goodison Park
Who: Everton vs. Liverpool
Caleb’s Score Prediction – Everton 1:3 Liverpool
As of this writing, only one team in the league has scored 30 goals on the season. Liverpool, despite two scoreless draws, have been humiliating lesser opponents, and up next is a rival that’s only had one victory in their last eight games.
While Everton are certainly a step-up from the teams the Reds have been dismantling, they don’t have the defense to stop the ravenous Liverpool attack. The hosts will keep things interesting in the first half as both teams find the back of the net, but the visitors will pull away after the interval as the Toffees struggle to contain Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino.
What’s your prediction?
Another month, another batch of Premier League forecasts. Do you agree? Sound off on your predictions below, and remember to tune into the games!
Johnny 5’s December EPL (correct) predictions
Last month’s results:
Man City 1:1 Middlesbrough
Arsenal 1:1 Spurs
Man United 1:1 Arsenal
Chelsea 2:1 Spurs
Caleb, it appears we were both wrong last month—across the board. Though you did at least get one result correct, predicting Chelsea would beat Spurs. Well done, I guess.
Not to worry, here’s the correct scores for December:
Man City 1:2 Chelsea
Man United 1:6 Spurs
Man City 2:2 Arsenal
Everton 2:3 Liverpool
Can you do better than ExpressVNP, Caleb, and Johnny 5?
Again, Caleb and Johnny 5 have agreed to disagree. Who’s right this time? Are they both wrong (again)?
Surely you can do better than these two! Leave your score predictions below and check back next month to see how the games turned out!
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Antonio Conte: Nazionale Calcio / Flickr
Man United-Spurs: Mark Vermaning / Flickr
Arsenal Celebration: Ronnie Macdonald / Flickr
Jürgen Klopp: Mintu Martin / Wikimedia Commons