Limited amount of rest and scant of Christmas celebrations, each and every players will be both physically and mentally tested in this crammed period. Moreover, as its only couple of days for the January transfer window to open, some players will give their finest performances either to remain in the club or pursue a way out.Drill Down the Key Matches:
Tottenham Hotspur VS Manchester United
Two clubs who are equally coming into the match with blooming confidence as well as form. Manchester United have jostled away their poor start of the season with seven victories in their last eight matches, whereas the home side have three Premier League wins in a row. England international Michael Carrick believes Manchester United’s mushrooming title push to be put to the test at his former club Tottenham Hotspur. Inspiring midfielder Christian Eriksen and dazzling kid Harry Kane will be looking to prolong their fine form at White Hart Lane. However, all eyes will be on dream team starlet Wayne Rooney who just loves to find the back of the against Mauricio Pochettino’s side, scoring nine goals in 13 appearances for The Red Devils, six of which have come at White Hart Lane. Louis Van Gaal’s side does have the character and attacking supremacy to bring back home all three points yet you can never write off the rejuvenated Spurs.
West Ham United VS Arsenal
The Hammers who are one of the biggest surprise package in the league this season, was effortlessly tamed by Chelsea few days back with a 2-0 score line at Stamford Bridge. The Gunners travel to Boleyn Ground after a marginal victory over Queens Park Rangers where bitterly French striker Olivier Giroud picked up a red card resulting from a farcical head-butt. The home side is expected to field in a strong squad after key individuals Alex Song and Diafra Sakho were left on the bench at Stamford Bridge eyeing this match. West Ham sit above Arsene Wenger’s side only with a single point difference, hence the visitors will be tempted to clinch a victory which would move them to the crucial fourth spot. Surprisingly, Sam Allardyce’s men have opened the scoring in each of the last four Premier League matches against Arsenal only for the Gunners to come from behind to take all three points. Undoubtedly, big Sam need to work on his defensive tactics to ensure minimal leeway is provided for Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck.
Southampton VS Chelsea
After much needed back to back victories, Ronald Koeman’s men resume their thorny path where they face table toppers Chelsea and will be followed by Arsenal plus Manchester United. The Blues sat at the peak of the table contentedly on Boxing Day with a 2-0 triumph over West Ham United. Encouragingly, The Saints boss has vowed that they will go toe-to-toe with against Jose Mourinho’s side, continue their attacking style football. On the other hand, stats are not favouring the home side, Southampton have won just one of the last 10 matches against Chelsea. While, The Blues have scored in each of their last nine league trips to St. Mary’s Stadium, netting more than once six times in this run.