For most people, December is a time to relax, eat to your heart’s content and watch festive films like Die Hard. But that outlook does not apply where the Premier League is concerned.
Christmas and New Years brings more action, not less, and the month can often define a team’s entire season. There can be tough travel and harder games. Every team has seven league matches to overcome.
So how does each team fare over December? Sportsmail has taken a look at their slate of fixtures and analysed who has it simple and which teams face rough months.
Arsenal have been imperious at the Emirates recently, which is why they will look at home fixtures against Manchester United and Liverpool positively. Their longest trip is a visit to West Brom – not bad at all – and they play two London teams away from home.
The fixtures will pile up though. They are competing on three fronts already this season. West Ham in the League Cup represents an opportunity to reach a semi-final. They have already wrapped up top spot in their group in the Europa League and BATE will undoubtedly face a second, if not third, string side.
Dec 2 vs Manchester United (h)
Dec 7 vs BATE (h) – Europa League