By Ray Hamill
Manchester City and Liverpool were the two big winners at the top of the table over the busy festive period in the English Premier League.
Each posted three wins and a tie for a total of 10 points over the hectic two weeks, with the blues of Manchester stretching their lead at the summit to 15, while the Reds solidified their top four status and inched a little closer to the top three.
Tottenham, however, could better that mark with their fourth win in four Christmas games when they host West Ham in an all-London derby Thursday.
Having struggled in November, Spurs have rediscovered their form over Christmas, leapfrogging fellow Londoners Arsenal into fifth place in the standings, with three straight wins since falling 4-1 to City.
Manchester United, meanwhile, didn’t fare quite so well over the busy stretch, winning just one of their four games, while tying three.
The Red Devils find themselves in second, the same spot they were before Christmas, but have slipped further behind their crosstown rivals, who appear to be uncatchable at this stage.
Chelsea managed just slightly better, accumulating eight points out of a possible 12, with victories over Stoke and Brighton to go with ties against Everton and Arsenal.
The Gunners also struggled over the busy period, winning just one of four and slipping further behind the top four.
Liverpool, meanwhile, remain in fourth and on pace for the final coveted Champions League spot, but have tightened the gap, moving within three points of United in a what is shaping up to an exciting race for second through fourth.
The Reds are now unbeaten in their past 16 games in all competitions, winning 11 of them, while Chelsea have been in a similar vein of form and have lost just one of their past 15 games.