The nice people at the Premier League have provided us with an early Christmas present this week, bringing us a full slate of top-tier action across both Tuesday and Wednesday.
The midweek treat gets underway Tuesday night as Crystal Palace host West Ham in the proverbial relegation six-pointer, before the other 18 teams take the stage for a jam-packed evening of football on Wednesday.
This week’s blockbuster fixture comes from Old Trafford, where David Moyes welcomes his old team Everton to his new home.
Here’s a breakdown of all the action, including a full set of predictions and details on where and how to watch.
|Crystal Palace vs. West Ham||Dec. 3||20:00 GMT/15:00 ET||BT Sport||0-1|
|Sunderland vs. Chelsea||Dec. 4||19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||1-2|
|Liverpool vs. Norwich City||Dec. 4||19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||3-1|
|Arsenal vs. Hull City||Dec. 4||19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||2-0|
|Southampton vs. Aston Villa||Dec. 4||19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||1-0|
|Stoke City vs. Cardiff City||Dec. 4||19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||1-1|
|Swansea City vs. Newcastle||Dec. 4||19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||BT Sport||2-2|
|Man United vs. Everton||Dec. 4||19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||2-2|
|Fulham vs. Tottenham||Dec. 4||20:00 GMT/15:00 ET||1-2|
|West Brom vs. Man City||Dec. 4||20:00 GMT/15:00 ET||1-2|
Schedule via premierleague.com
Live Stream Info
BT Sport subscribers can view both Crystal Palace vs. West Ham and Swansea vs. Newcastle via the BT Sport app.
All highlights are available without the need for subscription on Match of the Day (BBC One, Wednesday at 22:35 GMT). They can also be found on the BBC iPlayer.
West Ham currently sit three points clear of the relegation zone, but, such is the nature of this year’s Premier League, a win over Palace would see them pull level with Aston Villa, who lie 11th in the table.
Victory for Sam Allardyce’s side at Selhurst Park would give the Hammers a considerable boost ahead of the busy Christmas period.
The match is of equal significance to Tony Pulis and his squad, however. With West Ham and Cardiff City the visitors to south London over the next six days, this represents a crucial week for Crystal Palace as they look for some valuable points.
At the other end of the table, Moyes will be hoping Manchester United are unwelcoming hosts when his former club Everton arrive at the Theatre of Dreams on Wednesday night. The Toffees come into the game off the back of a 4-0 drubbing over Stoke, while United fell to eight in the table with a draw away to Spurs.
59% - Wayne Rooney has scored (8) or assisted (5) 59% of Man Utd's Premier League goals this season. Vital.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 1, 2013
A win for United would see them rise above Everton in the table, and the champions really can’t afford to drop any more points this side of Christmas if they’re to keep apace with league leaders Arsenal.
The Gunners, who currently have a four-point lead at the top of the table, will have one eye on their upcoming fixtures when they entertain Hull City on Matchday 14.
Everton, Manchester City, Chelsea, West Ham and Newcastle are Arsenal’s remaining opponents in the league this year, and if they can retain their four-point cushion heading into those fixtures, then the Gunners will be well-placed to enter January atop the standings.
Arsenal’s closest challengers, Manchester City and Chelsea, will be hoping to keep the pressure on when they travel to West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland, respectively.
City’s home form has helped them stay within touching distance this season because they have struggled away from the Etihad. The 2012 champions have picked up just four points from six games on their travels, and they will be looking to send a message when they face off against West Brom at the Hawthorns.
8 - Alvaro Negredo has now scored eight goals in his last seven appearances for Manchester City (all comps). Rampant.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 1, 2013
If the Sky Blues can replicate their home form on the road then those sides around them in the table will sleep a little less comfortably.
Another in-form side, Newcastle, take their four-game winning streak to Swansea. The Magpies have been flying in recent weeks, and a win could potentially see them climb into the top four if other results go their way.
Liverpool now sit just one point clear of Newcastle after a dismal away defeat to Hull City.
Brendan Rodgers will have spent the 90 minutes at the KC Stadium peering out from behind his hands, as his solid defence was reduced to a mere comic show. The Northern Irishman has some work to do before the visit of Norwich, who will be buoyed after picking up three points at the weekend.
Like Liverpool, Southampton have also slid ever so slightly down the table in recent weeks, but it’s difficult to criticise the Saints. Mauricio Pochettino’s side endured tough road trips to the Emirates and Stamford Bridge in their last two games, and normal service should resume when they host a misfiring Aston Villa.
Will Rene Meulensteen save Fulham from relegation?
Rene Meulensteen takes charge of his first game as Fulham boss in Wednesday’s 20:00 GMT kick-off at home to Spurs, and the Dutchman has some work to do.
Fulham failed to register a single shot in their 3-0 defeat to West Ham, and they have lost their last five league games on the trot. Meulensteen was the mastermind behind much of Manchester United’s success in recent years, and Fulham fans will be hoping he can work his magic at Craven Cottage. Starting with the game against Spurs.
Elsewhere, Stoke City and Cardiff face off at the Britannia as both sides look to bounce back from defeats at the weekend. Both clubs will see the game as an opportunity for three points, but the team on the losing side risks being sucked into the relegation battle.