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Manchester United top of Premier League at Christmas? Expectations from next 5 games

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Everything went our way before the international break in taking three points from West Brom as everybody else dropped points.

Joint-leaders Manchester City and Arsenal’s lead at the top has been cut to two points and a very favourable fixture list could see us top the Premier League by Christmas, and it’s no surprise that the epl betting stakes have Man Utd as a favourable tip to win the Premier League this season, in some cases ahead of Arsenal. Let’s take a look.

Saturday 21 November: Watford (away)
The Premier League returns from the international break at Vicarage Road next weekend as we take on Watford and their stingy defence in the lunchtime kickoff.

Quique Sanchez Flores’ side make themselves difficult to break down, particularly in the first half. It could be one of those games where we have to remain patient for a long period of time before perhaps some magic for Juan Mata, Anthony Martial or Ander Herrera will penetrate their defence.

We are the favourites though and the two title contenders Watford have faced this season, they were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City and 3-0 by Arsenal.

Saturday 28 November: Leicester City (away)
This is certainly the most tricky of our next five league fixtures and it comes after our Champions League match with PSV Eindhoven. Beating the Dutch champions at Old Trafford ensures qualification to the second round before we travel to Wolfsburg in December.

What condition will the players be in three days later for a trip to high-flying Leicester City in the Saturday evening game?

A heavy defeat in this fixture last season, Louis van Gaal will want to exact revenge on the Foxes and one positive we have going into the game is that they have a very leaky defence. If we can put an end of Jamie Vardy’s goalscoring run and tighten up at the back then there’s no reason why we can’t take all three points away from the King Power Stadium.

Saturday 5 December: West Ham United (home)
Slaven Bilic’s side have been hot and cold this season but are currently 6th in the league, having beaten Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City on the road.

We don’t want to become the latest casualties of the Hammers, especially after they lost 2-0 at Watford in their last away game. Dimitri Payet is out for three months now so that will be a massive boost to us and their opponents during this run.

There’s no midweek game between Leicester and West Ham either, meaning we should be well-rested and prepared.

Saturday 12 December: Bournemouth (away)
After a trip to Germany in the Champions League on Tuesday, domestic action returns by heading down to the south coast and struggling Bournemouth.

The newly-promoted side were many people’s favourites to go down this season, even before suffering some serious injuries to last season’s top scorer Callum Wilson and big summer signings Max Gradel and Tyrone Mings.

Eddie Howe’s side are currently on a four-game losing streak in the Premier League, including 5-1 thumpings by Manchester City and Tottenham. Their fixtures before us don’t promise any victories either – Swansea (away), Everton (home) and Chelsea (away). Expect them to remain in the bottom three before we travel to Dean Court.

Saturday 19 December: Norwich City (home)
Our final game before Christmas sees us take on another one of the newly-promoted sides as Norwich City visit Old Trafford.

Alex Neil’s side ended a four-game losing streak in beating Swansea City before the international break and are currently four points above the relegation zone, and Chelsea.

The Canaries play Chelsea and Arsenal in their next two matches but it’s the trip to Watford at the start of December that will be their most crucial before they come to Manchester, and could potentially be in the bottom three.

Five wins from five? Hopefully. Certainly expecting nine points from the newly-promoted sides, but Leicester City could be a tough one. At home to West Ham I really think we should be winning, especially with the loss of Payet.

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