The festive leftovers and decorations have long since gone and straight after the classic FA Cup 3rd round weekend comes Premier League match week 21.
The reverse of fixtures earlier in the season, plenty of sides already have scores to settle and points to put on the board.
Let’s look at four games in a little more detail, all of which will be available on IPTVKing.com…
Bournemouth v West Ham United
The first fixture between these two sides was a seven goal thriller, Bournemouth securing their first three points of the season at Upton Park.
It came as a shock more because of the way that West Ham themselves had started rather than an expected poor return from Eddie Howe’s men as they began to find their feet at the top level of English football.
Howe’s team stuck to their game plan perfectly on the day and the south coast side threaten to undermine the Hammers’ push for Europe once again.
Of the two teams, the hosts are arguably in better form although the return of Dimitri Payet well ahead of schedule will boost the east Londoners no end.
That West Ham’s poor run of form coincided with Payet’s omission through injury tells us much and Slaven Bilic will be keen to wrap his star player in cotton wool for the remainder of the 17 matches that remain after this one.
If Payet and Manuel Lanzini are able to author a run of victories for the visitors starting here, there’s every chance that West Ham will be in the shake up for Europe come the end of the season.
And there’d be no better way of celebrating their move to the iconic Olympic Stadium.
Thoughts of continental meanderings need to be put to the backs of their minds however because Howe will ensure Bournemouth are competitive in all areas of the pitch.
Ex-West Ham player Junior Stanislas to pull the carpet from under his previous employers here….?
Manchester City v Everton
Everton would be much higher placed in the Premier League if they didn’t ship so many goals.
Of the top 13 sides in the division, the Toffees are one of the worst defensively and the same has undermined the excellence of their front men, particularly Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu.
This could be an untimely visit to the Etihad Stadium therefore, Kevin de Bryne, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero won’t give the Everton back line a moments peace and a high-scoring home win could really dent the confidence of Roberto Martinez’s side.
That said, without Vincent Kompany at the back, City aren’t the same proposition. One man may not make a team but the Belgian is one of a dying breed of leader and he brings something extra to the party.
A congested midfield is likely to be where the game is won or lost and the ability to find the right passing lanes and quick turnover ball will see either team get their reward.
Points wise, Everton are in a bit of a no mans land at the moment. Too many points to be troubled by a relegation dogfight, too little to be anywhere close to the top few sides.
City are still right in amongst it and another victory here cements their place in the top four.
Liverpool v Arsenal
The match of the weekend without a shadow of a doubt.
Both teams are in good form at this point of the season with Arsenal having far more to lose.
Many experts are now tipping Arsene Wenger’s side to go on and win their first Premier League title in years, but being favourites will really ramp up the pressure on the Frenchman’s young side.
Can they handle it?
Games against their big rivals, of which Liverpool have always been one, are matches where they ideally need to take all three points.
Given Liverpool’s resurgence under Jurgen Klopp, Wenger may well be happy with a point here albeit Anfield is a ground which treats the north Londoners well.
Aside from the 5-1 thrashing at the beginning of 2014, you have to go all the way back to 2008 to find the last time Liverpool defeated Arsenal at home.
The Gunners are scoring goals too. At least two per game in all of their December fixtures bar the Boxing Day loss at Southampton, their last away day.
With a trip to Stoke at the Britannia Stadium following this match, a ground where Arsenal traditionally struggle, Messrs. Giroud, Walcott et al need to be on top form.
An early 2016 classic may well be on the cards!
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City
Leicester are still not being given the credit that they deserve for an outstanding season thus far.
Let’s not forget that they were favourites for relegation not nine months ago. Their transformation since then has been nothing short of incredible.
Although Jamie Vardy’ record-breaking run has come to an end, he is still a massively integral part to what Claudio Ranieri is trying to achieve and the Italian won’t want his club to become only the second after Newcastle United to not win the total with the points haul that the Foxes had at Christmas.
Other than in 1996, every other team with a similar haul went on to lift the trophy. The only thing that will stop Leicester from doing so is the belief of their players and technical team.
Are they really good enough? Can they come back from potential setbacks? All questions that haven’t needed answering to this point.
Tottenham are coming up fast on the rails.
The north Londoners have only lost a couple of games themselves this campaign and are playing their best football for many a year.
Harry Kane continues to do the business but there’s no doubting that a new face or two in attack will benefit both Kane and the wider team as a whole.
Too much pressure on the youngster’s shoulders will burn him out and that’ll be a travesty for Tottenham and England fans.
Bound to be another game for the football purist between two teams who’ve played just about the most attractive football in the division to date in 2015/16.
Other games this weekend and also available at IPTVKing.com – check the schedules for details – are as follows; Aston Villa v Crystal Palace, Newcastle United v Manchester United, Chelsea v West Brom, Southampton v Watford, Stoke City v Norwich City and Swansea City v Sunderland.