Chelsea v West Ham Is First Up In The Premier League

chelsea crestChelsea could grab a late Christmas present this afternoon when they get a chance to establish a six point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Jose Mourinho’s side host West Ham side in a London derby today, which provides the opening course for the traditional St Stephen’s Day list of matches. That game will kick-off at Stamford Bridge at 12:45. There’s a further eight games down for decision in the 3 o’clock fixtures. Manchester City will be looking to keep-up the heat on Chelsea when they visit West Brom, while third-placed Manchester United host Newcastle at Old Trafford. Liverpool have a chance to get a much-needed win as they visit struggling Burnley. Elsewhere, Crystal Palace are at home to Southampton, Everton entertain Stoke, Tottenham are away to bottom-of-the-table Leicester, Sunderland have home advantage against Hull and Swansea take-on Aston Villa. The late game today is at the Emirates, where Arsenal will play host to QPR at half-past five. There’s also a full round of games in the Sky Bet Championship this afternoon. Two of those matches will kick-off at one o’clock. Second-placed Ipswich start the day just a point behind leaders Bournemouth, but they’re facing a tough trip to third-placed Brentford this afternoon. The other 1 o’clock start is between Charlton and Cardiff City.