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Manchester United host Chelsea in what should be a top-of-the-table clash, but instead the hosts find themselves looking to halt a seven-game winless streak, while the defending champions continue to hover above the relegation zone.

Following their Boxing Day defeat at Stoke, Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal has admitted he could quit, meaning a negative result against the Blues could be the final straw for the Dutchman.

United head into the fixture nine points behind league leaders Leicester, but 10 points above Guus Hiddink's side.

Hiddink took charge of his first match on Saturday following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, but it was more of the same from the west Londoners as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Watford.

The capital club, who have won just one of their last five matches in the league, begin the day two points above the relegation zone.

In team news, Wayne Rooney should return for United after he started Saturday's clash from the bench.

Matteo Darmian will face a late fitness test, having missed the last three league outings with a hamstring strain. Jesse Lingard is also still sidelined.

The Blues, meanwhile, will have to do without Diego Costa, who misses out through suspension after picking up his fifth booking of the season this past weekend.

The Spanish striker, who scored a brace against Watford last time out, could be replaced by Loic Remy.

Eden Hazard returned from injury against the Hornets, playing the final 17 minutes, and is expected to start from the off at Old Trafford. 27/12/15

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp thought his side gave a much improved performance on Boxing Day as they beat Premier League leaders Leicester 1-0 at Anfield.

The Reds suffered a shock 3-0 defeat to Watford last weekend, which extended their winless run in the league to three matches, but they bounced back against the Foxes as Christian Benteke's 63rd-minute goal sealed a narrow victory.

Benteke had started the game on the bench, but he was introduced on 38 minutes after Divock Origi had been forced off with a muscular injury, and the Belgian striker popped up with the winner 18 minutes into the second half when he steered Roberto Firmino's low cross into the bottom-right corner of the goal.

Klopp was pleased to see his team playing their normal game on Saturday, having allowed the Hornets to dictate play against them last time out, and he felt the win was well-earned.

"It was deserved, I think. We made a game which we should make in these circumstances, against this opponent, with the wind and the pressing of the opponent, and all these things," the German said in his post-match interview.

"We played too complicated in Watford last week, we played how we in Germany say 'in their cards' - how they wanted us to play. Today we did much better.

"I was really pleased with what we did in the first half-hour and then we had to change. It was really difficult for Christian to come in; he didn't warm up until then really and had to start immediately. It was difficult. It was a little bit more open.

"At half-time, we knew if we stayed concentrated we would get our chances because the players looked good and it was not too intensive for us in the first half, so we could do more in the second half.

"We made this one goal and after all the set-plays of Leicester, especially the throw-ins of Christian Fuchs, it was difficult and close and not easy to defend. But we did it with a lot of patience and that's good, so we deserved the three points."

Commenting on Origi's injury, Klopp added: "I hope it's not too serious, we will see. They spoke about a little cramp.

"You have been here longer than me; I didn't know the word before I came to England, but 'hamstring' is the worst word of the year for me. It's always hamstring, hamstring, hamstring. That's the intensity of the game and the fixtures.

"We will see. I hope it's not too serious. We have the next game in three days and six days the next, nine days the next – I hope he can play in one of these games." 27/12/15

West Ham host Southampton on Monday evening in a mid-table clash as both teams aim to finish the calendar year in the top-half of the Premier League table.

The Hammers will begin the day in 10th position following their 1-1 draw at rock-bottom Aston Villa on Boxing Day.

While they have shored up at the back, conceding just two goals in their last five matches, goals have been hard to come by for the east Londoners.

Saturday's draw was their fifth in a row, while their last league win came back in October.

The Saints come into the game on the back of a spectacular 4-0 win over second-placed Arsenal at St Mary's.

In team news, James Tomkins and Aaron Cresswell both suffered injuries at Villa Park and will face late fitness tests.

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic could also welcome back Manuel Lanzini (thigh) and Andy Carroll (groin), both of whom have a slight chance of making a return.

Diafra Sakho, Victor Moses, Winston Reid and Dimitri Payet remain out.

Following his long-range screamer against United, Cuco Martina is expected to keep his starting spot at right-back for the visitors.

But Cedric Soares remains out with a groin strain, while Graziano Pelle is still a doubt so Shane Long should start up front. 27/12/15

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