It’s just over a week until Christmas, and whilst I can’t guarantee you’ve been nice enough for the big man to drop his load down your chimney this year, I can give you a double on Saturday’s live games.
So stop buying presents, leave the decorations in the attic and enjoy.
Antonio Conte’s side are in unbelievable form. As it stands at the minute, they’re getting the most pigs in blankets of any Premier League team. Might even get some gravy, too.
They are now unbeaten in their last 10 games, conceding just two goals in the process. They are six points clear, and play against Crystal Palace, who have one just one of their last 10 Premier League games.
In their midweek fixture against Sunderland, Cesc Fabregas found the net after 40 minutes to keep The Blues ahead for the rest of the game. It may have only been one goal, but that was more than enough to earn the three points and take them to victory.
To add to that, Pardew’s men have just five points in 10 league London derbies since the beginning of last season. That’s fewer than any other side from The Big Smoke in the same timeframe.
West Brom v Manchester United, 5.30pm
Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score anytime and Manchester United to win, 9/5
Remember when the news broke that the big Swedish striker was on his way to Manchester? Aside from the general concerns about how his hair would fare in the rainy weather, there was call-outs of “fraud!” and “he only does it against famers and postmen!”
Well, with 14 goals in all competitions and nine in the Premier League alone, it’s fair to say Ibra has dispelled those rumours with a kung-fu kick and a portion of Bury black pudding.
Against Crystal Palace in the week, he assisted a Paul Pogba goal (yes, it may have been with his shoulder…) and had the favour returned in the 87th minute to gift United with the win. His confidence, as ever, is high and he should find the net this weekend.
Meanwhile, United have only suffered one loss in their last 12 league visits to The Hawthorns. Whilst it’s unlikely Mourinho’s lads will make it easy for themselves, they head into the game on the back of two wins and will be aware how crucial these points are to securing a top four spot.