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London trio aiming for productive time during busy Christmas and New Year schedule

London’s trio of title hopefuls will head into the festive period eager to keep up the pressure at the top of the Premier League.

Liverpool and Manchester City are currently leading the way, but Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal all harbour hopes of challenging for top spot during the second half of the season.

Spurs are third in the standings, six points off first place and with a favourable looking schedule of fixtures over Christmas and New Year.

Saturday’s game at Everton could be their toughest test, although the Toffees haven’t beaten Spurs in their last 11 Premier League meetings.

Subsequent matches against Bournemouth (H), Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) and Cardiff City (A) offer more winning opportunities and it would not be a major surprise to see Mauricio Pochettino’s side pick up 12 points over the holiday period.

Chelsea also appear to have been handed a great opportunity to collect a significant amount of points during the next couple of weeks.

The Blues will be favourites to beat Leicester City (H), Watford (A), Crystal Palace (A) and Southampton (H) and they are certainly capable of winning the lot.

Arsenal are on a recovery mission following last weekend’s surprise defeat at Southampton as they welcome Burnley to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

The Clarets have lost eight on the spin against Arsenal in all competitions and it’s difficult to imagine Sean Dyche’s side ending that miserable run this weekend.

The Gunners will also be strongly fancied to win at Brighton & Hove Albion on Boxing Day, but their trip to Liverpool will be a far more difficult challenge.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten at Anfield this season and they will be desperate to maintain their own title challenge.

Arsenal complete their festive schedule against Fulham at the Emirates on New Year’s Day and that looks a banker home win.

All three sides look set for an exciting New Year, with each having genuine hopes of mounting serious challenges for silverware this term.

Spurs are best placed to battle Liverpool and City for the title, but it would be foolish to write off either Chelsea or Arsenal ahead of the busy Christmas schedule.

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