Premier League Playback: Ranking who coped with the festive season best


In the latest edition of Premier League Playback we take a back at the busy festive period and try to take stock of it all.

Which teams powered through the three games in eight days? Which teams had an awful time over the holidays? Those three games from Boxing Day and the New Year can be pivotal in deciding which way your season will go.

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Let’s take a look at all of that and give all 20 PL teams a mark out of 10 for their efforts over the festive season.

Premier League Playback comes out every week as PST’s Lead Writer and Editor takes an alternative look at all the action from the weekend. Read the full archive, here.

source: 9/10 Tottenham Hotspur: Two wins and a good point away at Everton leave Spurs well placed heading into 2016. Pochettino’s team have a very real chance of a top four finish. Or maybe even more…
source: 9/10 West Ham: Back-to-back home win against Saints and Liverpool was impressive. Bilic is getting the best out of Andy Carroll.
source: 8/10 Manchester City: A hammering of Sunderland was followed by a mature away display at Leicester. The comeback win at Watford proved the quality City possess. Now they have to kick on.
source: 8/10 West Brom: Two hard-fought win for the Baggies saw them surge up the standings and away from the relegation zone. Pulis loves a 1-0 win… Great festive period.
source: 8/10 Norwich City: Back-to-back home wins for Norwich gave them a much-needed shot in the arm. Alex Neil‘s side are tough to break down and are finally taking their chances.
source: 8/10 Stoke City: Beating Man United at home and Everton away was a great start to the festive campaign and only that late defeat at West Brom soured it. The Potters are on the prowl.
source: 7/10 Liverpool: Apart from that loss at West Ham things went swimmingly. Consecutive 1-0 wins prove Klopp’s methods are working and the Reds battled through injuries admirably.


7/10 Arsenal: Two nervy wins after getting battered at Southampton, it was a slightly up and down festive season for the Gunners but they start 2016 on top of the table.
source: 6/10 Everton: A late win on Boxing Day saw things start well but defeat at home to Stoke and then a draw with Spurs dampened the festive spirits. Humbugs.
source: 6/10 Chelsea: Guus Hiddink got his first win this time around at Chelsea to ring in 2016, and the two draws with Watford and Man United before that weren’t bad. Heading in the right direction.
source: 6/10 Manchester United: Also a solid yet unspectacular holiday period for United who recovered from losing at Stoke to draw with Chelsea and then beat Swansea. Plenty of work to do.
source: 5/10 Swansea City: A very good holiday season for the Swans as interim boss Alan Curtis grabbed a win and a draw, then only lost at Man United late on. Things are looking up.
source: 5/10 Watford: A draw at Chelsea then narrow last-gasp home defeats to Spurs and Man City, maybe this mark is harsh. Given the Hornets’ terrific start to the season they’ll be disappointed they didn’t grab a win.
 source: 5/10 Crystal Palace: Where have the goals gone? Successive 0-0 draws were followed up by a hammering at home to Chelsea. Alan Pardew needs to buy a striker in January.
source: 4/10 Sunderland: The Black Cats got the big win they need against Villa but lost to Arsenal and Liverpool without really putting up a fight. Must nick some draws along the way.

4/10 Leicester City: Despite getting to the 40-point mark there were no wins and Jamie Vardy is out injured and needs surgery. Not a great way to ring in the New Year.

3/10 Southampton: Aside from that incredible 4-0 win against Arsenal, Saints lost at West Ham and Norwich and have lost 7 of their last 9 in all comps. That and Sadio Mane being disciplined made it an unhappy start to 2016.
2/10 Bournemouth: The Cherries battled hard but saw themselves reeled back into the relegation battle with a winless festive campaign. They failed to score a single goal too.
source: 1/10 Newcastle United: Three 1-0 defeats on the spin doesn’t tell the whole story but Steve McClaren needs points, not praise. The small things went against them.
source:  0/10 Aston Villa: Well, at least they got a point on Boxing Day. It is now 19 games without a win for Villa who are 11 points from safety on the bottom.