What to look out for when the Premier League returns this Boxing Day

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Jack Evans
17th December 2022
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The Premier League returns after nearly two months off this Christmas, with several interesting fixtures taking place over the 17th matchday of the season. 

Spurs travel to Brentford at 12:30 on Boxing Day to reopen the Premier League, with the hosts looking to get back into the footballing season the same way they ended it. Their last game was a shock 2-1 win away at Manchester City in their final game before the World Cup break. 

Spurs will look to continue to push for top four, with them going into the restart one point behind 3rd place Newcastle United. The Magpies travel to Leicester, a fixture that may be tougher than the table suggests, as Leicester climbed out the bottom three with four wins in five prior to the break. 

Two teams that would have been happy to see the break in November are Everton and Wolves, two teams who sit in 17th and 20th place going into their clash on Boxing Day. Everton were booed off the pitch in their last game against Bournemouth and host Wolves who may find some new momentum under new boss Julen Lopetegui. 

Arsenal come back into the season top of the league, and host West Ham at 8pm on Boxing Day, looking to continue their eight-game unbeaten run which has seen them take pole position. West Ham come into the game in poor form, with manager David Moyes under pressure after the Hammers slipped to 16th in the table. 

Arsenal’s main title challenger is Manchester City, with them not playing until Wednesday 28th when they travel to Elland Road to take on Leeds United. City have ground to make up on Arsenal, with the two teams having a five-point difference between them.  

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