And Moyes should have a spring in his step when he returns to his old stomping ground after lifting Sunderland off the foot of the table, thanks to four wins in seven games. That’s led to him averaging 22.3 FanDuel points per game, which ranks second among defenders on the main slate. I don’t think past year was anything to do with ability.
Here are three ways that Sunderland can take all three points back to Wearside… On the other hand, Jose Mourinho’s side are the kings of December 26th.
Mourinho has changed his formation all too often this season, but he will most probably stick with the 4-1-4-1 setup which has been successful in recent games. “Fergie Time” as they called it. Boxing Day is traditionally one of the most exciting days in the sporting calendar and a treat for EPL fans as Boxing Day fixtures usually come with goals aplenty, drama in abundance and eccentric dress up from fans in the stands.
Mourinho was overlooked as a direct successor to Ferguson, but United turned to the Portuguese coach after the disappointing tenures of Moyes and Van Gaal.
The 53-year-old joked that Pardew’s removal on Thursday by Crystal Palace was not the kindest given its timing.
Can Chelsea cope without Costa and Kante?
Chelsea, the leader over Liverpool by six points, goes in search of a 12th straight league win without the services of top scorer Diego Costa and midfielder N’Golo Kante, who are both suspended.
In turn, it’s no surprise to see that he isn’t the only Blues star to make the top 10 with midfield enforcer N’Golo Kante in at number five.
Having dealt with Moyes while he was Everton’s manager, one of the most striking and unnecessary differences between his Goodison and Old Trafford reign was how quickly his media profile deteriorated following the first poor performances. I’m happy that he came back after this injury.
Bob Bradley’s Swansea have shown glimpses of hope under their new manager.
Sunderland’s 16 goals scored is tied for the second-lowest mark in the Premier League―only Hull City do worse―and while the Black Cats’ defensive numbers are slightly better, they don’t pose much of a threat on paper.
While West Ham’s teething problems continue at their new stadium, their away form leaves a lot to be desired. So expect a cracker of a match as they get set to overpower Hull City.