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English Premier League leaders Chelsea FC are back to their winning ways after mounting a 2-0 victory against Hull City following their unexpected 2-1 loss to Newcastle United. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims that despite the win against Hull City, his side didn't play well and there were no special performances from any players during the match. Versus Stoke City on December 23, 04:00 (GMT+8), will Chelsea have enough to pocket another win?
Manchester United FC return to Old Trafford on December 26, 23:00 (GMT+8) to take on Newcastle United FC for their last home game this year. The hosts are undefeated in their last eight home matches, and have won the four most recent English Premier League matches held at Old Trafford, dumping the visiting Liverpool, Stoke City, Hull City and Crystal Palace. Is Newcastle United doomed to suffer the same fate, or will the Magpies prevail?
Chelsea should be clear favourites when they face West Ham United. However, people should not forget how the Hammers hold off the Blues to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge. When they meet again on the 18th game week, the results will be unpredictable, even if Chelsea are atop the standings, especially now that Sam Allardyce's side appear to be a better team than last year. Match is on December 26 at 20:45 (GMT+8).
Stoke City are looking to end their scoreless streak at Goodison Park when they visit Everton on December 26, 23:00 (GMT+8). Stoke City’s two most recent trips here were a disaster – the March 31, 2013 1-0 loss was followed by a 4-0 debacle eight months later. Will the visiting Potters finally find the back of the net or will they record another scoreless performance and add to their winless streak here in Goodison Park?
Aston Villa are pretty much on the same level as Swansea City last season. That is why no one expected them to get beaten up badly by the Swans (4-1). On the 18th game week, Aston Villa will try to finally erase that bitter memory by snatching the win at Swansea City's own soil. Can they do it, or will Swansea City prevail one more time? Match is on December 26 at 23:00 (GMT+8).