Everton came back from a goal down to defeat Swansea City 3-1 on Monday evening, further cementing their spot in the top half of the Premier League and extending their unbeaten run to five matches in the process.
A jam-packed winter Premier League schedule picks back up on Friday evening as Arsenal and Liverpool get Week 19 of the 2017-18 campaign underway with a headline clash at the Emirates Stadium.
Week 19 will also feature a Premier League first as Leicester City will play host to Manchester United in a later Saturday evening fixture, which will kick off at 7:45 p.m. GMT, just two days before Christmas.
Defending champions Chelsea will hope to rain on Everton manager Sam Allardyce's parade in Saturday's early kick-off, while seventh-placed Tottenham Hotspur travel to sixth-placed Burnley in the early evening encounter.
Runaway leaders Manchester City will also look to extend their 11-point gap at home to Eddie Howe's Bournemouth, and basement side Swansea City will seek to bring Crystal Palace back down to their level.
Read on for a preview of Week 19 and a look toward the upcoming fixture list, complete with a breakdown of the latest standings after Everton's resurgence continued with a fourth win in their last five.
2017-18 Premier League Standings (Goal Difference)
1. Manchester City: 52 (+44)
2. Manchester United: 41 (+27)
3. Chelsea: 38 (+18)
4. Liverpool: 34 (+18)
5. Arsenal: 33 (+11)
6. Burnley: 32 (+4)
7. Tottenham Hotspur: 31 (+13)
8. Leicester City: 26 (+1)
9. Everton: 25 (-6)
10. Watford: 22 (-6)
11. Huddersfield Town: 21 (-14)
12. Southampton: 18 (-7)
13. Brighton & Hove Albion: 18 (-9)
14. Crystal Palace: 17 (-13)
15. West Ham United: 17 (-15)
16. Bournemouth: 16 (-9)
17. Stoke City: 16 (-20)
18. Newcastle United: 15 (-11)
19. West Bromwich Albion: 14 (-11)
20. Swansea City: 12 (-13)
Visit the official Premier League website for the latest results and a look at the standings in full.
Premier League Week 19 Fixtures
Arsenal vs. Liverpool, 7:45 p.m. GMT/2:45 p.m. ET
Everton vs. Chelsea, 12:45 p.m. GMT/7:45 a.m. ET
Manchester City vs. Bournemouth, 3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET
Southampton vs. Huddersfield Town, 3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET
Stoke City vs. West Bromwich Albion, 3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET
Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Watford, 3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET
Swansea City vs. Crystal Palace, 3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET
West Ham United vs. Newcastle United, 3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET
Burnley vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 5:30 p.m. GMT/12:30 p.m. ET
Leicester City vs. Manchester United, 7:45 p.m. GMT/2:45 p.m. ET
Liverpool's Friday Night Fever
The Reds travel to north London on Friday night having scored 19 goals in their last five away games, with Jurgen Klopp's side seemingly much more at ease playing away from Anfield than they are at home of late.
One familiar face who will be looking to dish out some damage to the Gunners is former Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who left the Emirates for Merseyside in the summer but has fond memories of his old club, per James Benge of the Evening Standard:
"It will be a special occasion for me, full of emotion I'm sure. We're in good form and we'll be going there full of confidence and looking for three points.
"I feel like I'm settled in now and I'm learning the ropes and my roles and responsibilities. That's always the thing that's hard to adapt to. Once you get comfortable with that, you can start to relax more.
"I've been doing better and it has been coming, but there's definitely more to come from me. And I'll be doing everything I can to bring that out."
But Oxlade-Chamberlain will know as well as any what an imperious force Arsenal have been at home this season, winning eight games at the Emirates—the same amount as leaders City have at the Etihad Stadium—and losing one.
It's not attack that Liverpool have to worry about in north London, however, as former England defender Terry Butcher recently bemoaned the lack of priority around the defence for both teams involved:
Like Liverpool, Arsenal ended a two-game streak of disappointing draws when they defeated Newcastle United 1-0 on Saturday, although the Reds will be brimming with confidence after a 4-0 triumph at Bournemouth.
That's a dangerous prospect for the Gunners to take on if they're at all naive in their task, with the fifth-placed hosts eyeing a potential leap above Liverpool into fourth if they can take three points.
Blues in Big Sam's Sights
Victory over Swansea on Monday evening was enough to take Allardyce's Everton above Watford and up to ninth place, with captain Wayne Rooney once again playing a pivotal role in the win with one goal and one assist, albeit missing one spot-kick.
The next opposition won't be as forgiving, although the emerging figure of Dominic Calvert-Lewin—who also scored on Monday—will be another fearsome figure for the approaching Blues to watch out for, per Match of the Day:
Chelsea have recorded back-to-back wins at Huddersfield Town and against Southampton, but Antonio Conte's side still aren't purring away as ruthlessly as they were last season.
The absence of injured N'Golo Kante has created a void in midfield, and Big Sam has proved thus far at the Toffees helm that he has the nous to provide even the biggest Premier League foes with a problem.
Prior to his arrival on Merseyside, this fixture might have been seen as a walkover, but a reinvigorated Goodison Park is sure to prove hostile territory for the reigning kings of England.