West Ham haven't had that much to look towards for confidence this season. But their latest adventures have given them aplenty of it. And in its midst, might've saved Atkinson some scrutiny.
Spurs displayed the gritty part of their game as they faced Crystal Palace in a game full of half-chances. In the end, though, they prevailed due to their industry and fluidity of play.
Crystal Palace travel to north London to face an overly eager Spurs team who will do everything in their power to get the first three points of the new season. Alan Purdew can only watch and pray it doesn't hurt them too much.
Boxing day's matches, as usual, brought plenty of excitement for Premier League fans, but the big doorbuster was the table toppers Leicester playing oily rich Manchester City.
Huddersfield beat Reading in penalties in a tense and, ultimately, stalemate affair in the annual playoff game at Wembley, that sees the side managed by former Klopp protégé David Wagner get promoted.
The EFL Championship title-winners and runners-up have been decided, but the last spot for promotion to the Premier League is being contended by Huddersfield and Reading after their playoff victories.
Although missing out on the playoffs will leave a sour taste on Leeds' supporters, there are greater positives to take from this season, and it could get better once Radrizzani's takeover is complete.
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