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    What each EPL side wants for Christmas




    As the festive period approaches, it got me thinking about what each premier league side would have at the top of their Christmas list. Be it a prolific goalscorer, defensive solidity or just an away win, every team has issues that need to be addressed as we move into 2017. 

    Arsenal "avoid late season collapse" - following a hugely disappointing defeat at Manchester City, gunners fans will be forgiven for being concerned that it could be the beginning of a familiar arsenal collapse as we move into the new year. There will be even less cause for optimism after they were drawn to play Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the champions league. It would be a huge disappointment if arsenal are, once again, out of the big competitions by February.

    AFC Bournemouth "new stadium" - the cherries have had a solid, if unspectacular, season so far and will be looking to consolidate their premier league position. In order to achieve this, a new stadium is seen as a must if they're to push on to the next level. News that they have begun their search for a new stadium in time for the 2020/21 season will give their fans added cause for optimism.

    Burnley "a goalscorer"- The clarets have made a decent return to the premier league and will be delighted to be outside the relegation zone in a campaign where 17th position will be seen as success. A prolific goalscorer would be a massive addition to a club for whom only Sam Vokes has more than two league goals.

    Chelsea "keep the run going" - what do you get the team that appears to have everything? The blues are riding high on an unbeaten run with a new system that seems impossible to counteract. Maintaining their form will be the main wish for most fans.

    Crystal Palace "a new manager" - the surprise announcement of Alan Pardew's sacking has palace searching for a new manager as they approach the crucial January transfer window. Former England boss Sam Allardyce is the early front runner for the job. It would be a remarkable return for Allardyce following his high-profile removal from the England job.

    Everton "Lukaku to stay" - Romelu Lukaku has made no secret of his desire to play Champions League football and Everton fans will fear that they could stand to lose their main goalscorer. Lukaku has recently been making positive noises about staying at Goodison park until the end of the season at least, which would be a huge boost for the toffees.

    Hull City "Snodgrass to stay" - Hull city find themselves at the foot of the table and the season has had few positives so far. The one real positive has been the form of Robert Snodgrass whose goals have kept Hull competitive. After it became known that Snodgrass had rejected a contract extension, several clubs have begun tracking the deals progress and may attempt to prise him away from the KC stadium in January.

    Leicester City "an away win" - the champions title defence has been a real disappointment, despite their success in the champions league, and you can mainly put that down to their away form. After ending last season with the best away record in the league, having won 11 away league games, the foxes have failed to win a single game away from the king power and have just two points from their nine away games this season. An improvement in away results will go some way to making sure they don't suffer the indignity of relegation a season after winning the league.

    Liverpool "a new 'keeper" - reds fans will know that few titles are won without a world class goalkeeper and Jurgen Klopp's side have certainly looked vulnerable in that area. Neither Loris Karius nor Simon Mignolet have looked comfortable this season and a new keeper could well be the target in January. 

    Manchester City "defensive solidity" - Pep Guardiola's side have looked vulnerable in defence as they attempt to adjust to a new system and they will need to strengthen in that area if they are to challenge on all fronts this season. They have recently been linked with Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk as they look to improve their defensive options.

    Manchester United "a top four finish" - after a recent upturn in results Jose Mourinho has not ruled United out for the title but surely a top four finish is the main aim after missing out last season. Another season outside of Europe's premier competition would be severely damaging to the profile of United and Mourinho.

    Middlesbrough "Negredo to keep scoring" - Boro have made a steady start to their premier league return and the goals of Alvaro Negredo have been a large factor in this. They will hope that he can continue his goal scoring form as they have found goals hard to come by and are the third lowest scorers in the Premier League.

    Southampton "European football" - the saints got a huge boost with victory against Bournemouth in the south coast derby and they will be looking to build on that victory and make a push for Europe in the new year. Claude Puel's side are currently nine points of fifth place but a good run could see them close the gap quickly.

    Stoke city "Wilfred Bony to start scoring" -  stoke have struggled to score goals and this can be put down mainly to the struggles of Wilfred Bony. Much was expected of the Ivorian but he has just two league goals so far this season. The potters have the surprise goals of Joe Allen to thank for them not being in greater relegation trouble.

    Sunderland "continue their revival" - the black cats looked doomed several weeks ago but an upsurge in their form has seen them move right back into survival contention. The performances of Victor Anichebe have been a huge bonus for David Moyes and he will hope to have more funds to invest in the squad in January, in order to retain premier league status at the end of the season.

    Swansea City "a tighter defence" Bob Bradley's side have struggled hugely defensively and will need to tighten up dramatically in order to survive. Their record of thirty seven goals conceded is the highest in the league and they have failed to replace Ashley Williams who left for Everton in the summer. Whether the club will trust Bradley to bring in the right players come January is another question.

    Tottenham Hotspur "a title challenge" - after the disappointment of Spurs champions league failure,  focuso will surely move to mounting a title challenge. They were unfortunate to miss out on the title last season and, despite being nine points off leaders Chelsea, Mauricio Pocchetino's side will be hoping that they can close the gap and push Chelsea all the way.

    Watford "Deeney and Ighalo to find the form of last season" - Watford will be pleased with their league position at this stage but will be concerned about the lack of goals from two men who were prolific last season. Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo have managed just four league goals between them this season after scoring twenty eight between them in the last campaign and a return to form could have the hornets pushing for a top ten finish.

    West Brom "European football" - the baggies are having a good season and will be hoping to mount a challenge for the European places in the new year. Salomon Rondon's goals have pushed them up the table and if he can continue then Europe is not such an unlikely possibility. 

    West Ham United "Continue their resurgence" - much was made of the hammer's struggles early on in the season and particularly their difficulty in settling in to the Olympic stadium. The teething problems seem to have been addressed and Slaven Bilic will be hoping that his side can continue to climb the table and a healthy Andy Carroll can only help their cause.
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