Premier League table: Chelsea historically the best team in December | Football | Sport
Chelsea have been identified as historically the most successful Premier League team over the festive fixtures during the past five seasons.
The Blues have been averaging 2.22 points per game in the run up to New Year since 2013, according to new research by bookmaker Sportingbet.
Maurizio Sarri’s side are in line for plenty of Christmas cheer this month with Chelsea traditionally performing much better in December than the rest of the year.
In fact, they win an average of 16 points across their December fixtures every season – a tally matched only by reigning champions Manchester City.
Chelsea’s winter performances yield an astonishing 13.3 per cent more points than in other months, with the Stamford Bridge side averaging 1.96 points per game across the rest of their last five campaigns.
On the other hand, West Ham and Southampton have endured some truly torrid December displays and prop up the Premier League table when it comes to average points won.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men have picked up two wins already this month and have nearly eclipsed their average haul of 8.2 points already
Saints have an even worse record and traditionally pick up a 36.9 per cent less points in December than they do in other months.
New manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has some serious work to do in order to combat this staggering statistic, especially considering the south coast club will face Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City before the new year.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth have no trouble getting into the Christmas spirit and perform 33.3 per cent better in December than they do in other months.
This is easily the most impressive increase in the Premier League, although they still only average 12.4 points during the month which is slightly less than traditional big hitters Arsenal(13.4), Liverpool (14) and Man Utd (14.8).
With the Cherries currently flying high in the top six, who knows where Eddie Howe’s men will be at the start of 2019.