LONDON, Sporting Alert – Here are the English Premier League – EPL fixtures for New Year, as several teams seek to get off to a winning start in the second half of the season.
West Ham United v Liverpool At Boleyn Ground: The Reds and the Hammers will kick things off in Week 20 with a 7:45 ET start. Liverpool, which played the last fixture in Week 19 on Wednesday, has a quick turnaround with an early start. The Anfield outfits are coming off a 1-0 victory at Sunderland in midweek and they will be looking to add to build on their two-game winning streak. West Ham will enter with a six-game undefeated record and edged Southampton 2-1 in the last outing. Star playmaker Dimitri Payet has returned to the West Ham squad for this game after two months out with an ankle injury.
Arsenal v Newcastle United At Emirates Stadium: Besides being hammered 4-0 by Southampton in Week 18, the Gunners have been on top form and will start as favourites to eased past Newcastle. Arsenal beat Bournemouth 2-0 in the last game to go atop of EPL standings on goal difference with 39pts. The Magpies come into this fixture on the back of successive 1-0 losses to end 2015, and Steve McClaren will be desperate to find favours with the football gods in 2016.
Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth At King Power Stadium: Joint leaders Leicester City had a very spirited battle with Manchester City in midweek despite both teams ending the game 0-0. The Foxes will now look to get back on winning ways to get 2016 off to a winning start as they seek to stay top of the EPL standings. Bournemouth is hoping to rebound from the Arsenal defeat.
Manchester United v Swansea City At Old Trafford: The Red Devils looked much better in the attacking against Chelsea in their last outing, but will need to be Swansea City to take some of the pressure off manager Louis van Gaal. United remains without a win in the last seven EPL games and will need to start scoring goals if it wants to move back into the top four. Swansea City has also been struggling lately and needs to start winning games.
OTHER EPL MATCHUPS: In other games on Saturday, Manchester City will travel to face Watford, Norwich City will meet Southampton and West Bromwich Albion entertain the in-form Stoke City.
Saturday, January 2 (ET)
West Ham United v Liverpool (1245)
Arsenal v Newcastle United (10:00 AM)
Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth (10:00 AM)
Manchester United v Swansea City (10:00 AM)
Norwich City v Southampton (10:00 AM)
Sunderland v Aston Villa (10:00 AM)
West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City (10:00 AM)
Watford v Manchester City (12:30 PM)
Sunday, January 3
Crystal Palace v Chelsea (8:30 AM)
Everton v Tottenham Hotspur (11:00 AM)