With Arsenal and Chelsea bringing a close to Week 17 of the Premier League on Monday, the table could see some upheaval this week.
That match is clearly in the driver's seat for the week's marquee matchup, but it certainly is not the only intriguing encounter of the week.
Swansea will try to maintain their tentative grip on the top half of the table with a tough match on Sunday against fifth-place Everton. Southampton and Tottenham will also have a top-half-of-the-table match on Sunday.
Check out the full schedule for Matchday 17, and then I'll take a closer look at the three matches I'm most looking forward to.
|Saturday, Dec. 21|
|7:45 a.m./12:45 p.m.||Liverpool vs. Cardiff City||BT Sport/NBCSN|
|10 a.m./3 p.m.||Crystal Palace vs. Newcastle United|
|10 a.m./3 p.m.||Manchester United vs. West Ham United|
|10 a.m./3 p.m.||Fulham vs. Manchester City||NBCSN|
|10 a.m./3 p.m.||Stoke City vs. Aston Villa|
|10 a.m./3 p.m.||Sunderland vs. Norwich City|
|10 a.m./3 p.m.||West Bromwich Albion vs. Hull City|
|Sunday, Dec. 22|
|8:30 a.m./1:30 p.m.||Southampton vs. Tottenham Hotspur||Sky Sports/NBCSN|
|11 a.m./4 p.m.||Swansea City vs. Everton||Sky Sports/NBCSN|
|Sunday, Dec. 23|
|3 p.m./8 p.m.||Arsenal vs. Chelsea||Sky Sports/NBCSN|
Arsenal vs. Chelsea
When: Monday, Dec. 23 at 3 p.m. ET/8 p.m. GMT
TV: Sky Sports/NBCSN
Arsenal's powerhouse start to the Premier League season got knocked down to Earth with a 3-6 loss to Manchester City last week. Now, they hold just a three-point lead at the top of the table over the Citizens and are just two points clear of both Chelsea and Liverpool.
That lead would turn into a deficit if the Gunners fall to Chelsea at Emirates on Monday.
Arsenal will be bolstered by the return to their home pitch, but if the defense doesn't quickly recover, it won't matter much. Entering their match with Manchester City, Arsenal had allowed just 11 goals for their entire league year.
Jose Mourinho's side don't have the firepower of the Citizens, but with 32 goals scored this league year, the Blues have the fourth-most prolific attack in the EPL.
Chelsea have been impressive this season and have won their only match against another top-four team this season. That was a 2-1 triumph over Manchester City on Oct. 27.
All of this sets up for what should be an intense and entertaining match.
Swansea City vs. Everton
When: Sunday, Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. ET/4 p.m. GMT
TV: Sky Sports/NBCSN
The Swans have been hanging tough. Since their drubbing by the Citizens on Dec. 1, they have gone 1-2-0 in Premier League play. This has them in 10th place in the table, but their grip on that position is tenuous at best.
Five teams are within three points of the Swans for 10th place, and they face a tough test to pick up any points from this match.
Everton's strong season is picking up steam. In their last three matches, Everton have an away win over Manchester United, an away draw with Arsenal and a home trouncing of Fulham.
As a result, Everton is in fifth and just four points behind Arsenal's league-leading pace.
The Swans will enjoy home pitch for this match, but Everton have been road warriors lately. This should be a fun and competitive match.
Southampton vs. Tottenham
When: Sunday, Dec. 22 at 8:30 a.m./1:30 p.m. GMT
TV: Sky Sports/NBCSN
It's been an interesting week for Tottenham. They were crushed 0-5 at home by Liverpool their last time on the pitch and shortly thereafter, Andre Villas-Boas was no longer with the club:
THIS JUST IN: Tottenham Hotspur has fired coach Andre Villas-Boas on the heels of a 5-0 loss to Liverpool yesterday.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 16, 2013
The seventh-place Hotspur now must try to regroup and get their season back on track. On Sunday, they will face a Southampton team also trying to get back on track.
After a fantastic start to the season, led by a stingy defense, Southampton have fallen off a bit.
Playing Arsenal, Chelsea and Aston Villa in three straight matches, Southampton dropped all three by the combined score of 8-3. They have since rebounded with consecutive 1-1 draws that includes a match with Manchester City.
This sets the table for an important match. Both of these sides are at a crossroads this campaign and should be looking to make a statement in this contest.