Wednesday gives us six Premier League games to go at and the highlight is likely to be the eight o’clock match between Newcastle and Manchester United.
There was a time when these two battled for the Premier League title but at least both are in decent form and us neutrals can only hope for similar to their most recent meeting.
Back in October, Newcastle shocked Old Trafford by taking a two-goal lead after just 10 minutes, only for United to hit back and win 3-2.
It was a different story when the pair met last season, Matt Ritchie sealing a 1-0 victory for the Toon on home turf and they head into this fixture having lost just one of their last four.
Saturday’s 1-1 draw away at Watford was perhaps a touch harsh as they held the Hornets at bay for long spells but Newcastle will need to be better if they are to temper a rampant United.
Since taking over until the end of the season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen his side win all three of his games at an aggregate score of 12:3.
However, they have still to keep a clean sheet under the Norwegian and the way they attack could give us some clues here.
Slightly earlier, Chelsea welcome Southampton to Stamford Bridge for what could be another entertaining fixture.
Sunday’s 1-0 win at Crystal Palace marked the Blues’ first clean sheet in three and cemented their place in the top four.
The Saints suffered a second straight loss against Manchester City but having struggled for goals under Mark Hughes, the Hampshire-outfit have scored in their last four under Ralph Hasenhuttl.
They have though lost their last six against Chelsea, including October’s 3-0 reverse at St Mary’s but the Blues’ injury issues should give them belief.
Olivier Giroud appears to have joined the ranks of the walking wounded allowing Alvaro Morata to start and Maurizio Sarri might have to bring in Gary Cahill for a first Premier League start of the season.
Morata has scored in the last two meetings between the pair and is 4/1 to open the scoring.
Southampton will be without Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg after his straight red in the 3-1 defeat to Manchester City and they are only out of the bottom three on goal difference.
They could get a goal; however, Chelsea look far too strong and should win a decent game.
Entertainment is not as likely at the John Smith’s Stadium where Huddersfield host Burnley.
The Clarets beat West Ham 2-0 on Sunday and having Tom Heaton back in goal seemed to reinject confidence into the struggling men in front of him.
Rock-bottom Huddersfield became the first team since April 2001 to lose all of their games in a calendar month, coming out on the wrong side of the result in all seven of their December outings.
David Wagner will be hoping a new year can prompt a fresh start but his side’s lack of firepower is a real cause for concern.
This is a massive game for both sides and with so much at stake, under 1.5 goals may well be worth a look at 8/5.
Burnley have the superior momentum going into the game and while 59/20 is an excellent price for an away win, more ambitious punters may look to add a clean sheet to their bet.
Over at Molineux, Wolves will be keen to kick on from Saturday’s 3-1 win at Tottenham and host a Crystal Palace side without a goal in their last two.
Funnily enough, their last three goals all came in the shock 3-2 victory away at Manchester City and Palace are in danger of being dragged back into the relegation battle if they fail to find a new striker in January.
Wolves, in contrast, are seventh in the standings and have lost just one of their last six, that sole reverse coming at the hands of leaders Liverpool.
Matt Doherty scored the only goal when the pair met in October but Nuno Espirito Santo’s men are not as tight in defence as back then.
Expect a decent game but a home win looks the likely outcome when monitoring the duo’s recent form.
Down on the south coast, out-of-form Bournemouth welcome Watford with the Cherries winning only two of their last 11 games.
It means that a season that hinted at European contention is frittering away and they face a team who have tasted defeat in one of their last five. With Bournemouth struggling with injuries, Javi Gracia’s side can take advantage.
These two have drawn 2-2 in three of their last five meetings but this looks the perfect chance for the Hornets to record their first Premier League win at the Vitality Stadium.
Finally and after Sunday’s disappointment at Burnley, West Ham will hope to bounce back when Brighton come to town.
The Seagulls won 3-0 at the London Stadium last season and were 1-0 victors when these two met in East Sussex back in October.
Fatigue was blamed as a factor by Manuel Pellegrini with this West Ham’s third game in seven days and Brighton’s extra day off after Saturday’s 1-0 win at home to Everton will give them hope.
Chris Hughton’s side have won just twice on the road this season but with injuries and tiredness hurting the Hammers, the Seagulls look an excellent price heading into Wednesday.
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