Sam Allardyce's side are in a relegation fight after only picking up ten points so far, but can get out of it given who they play before the year's out.
Fulham (H) 30th November – Their next game is undoubtedly the biggest of the season so far as Martin Jol’s struggling Cottagers visit Upton Park. Jol’s team are level on points with the Hammers but are in the relegation zone on goal difference. A must win game for both sides.
Crystal Palace (A) 3rd December – Allardyce’s side follow it up with another London derby six-pointer at Selhurst Park. Tony Pulis will be desperate for three points in his first home game as Eagles manager after replacing Ian Holloway.
Sunderland (H) 14th December – The last of the teams in the drop zone travel to East London in mid-December. The Black Cats picked up a point with a late equaliser last season and would be happy to come away from this game with a positive result.
Tottenham (A) 18th December – After a remarkable 3-0 win in the league earlier on in the season, they travel to White Hart Lane once again for the Capital One Cup quarter-final. Spurs will have revenge on their minds but Allardyce and his players will believe they can come away with another victory and a semi-final place.
West Brom (H) 28th December – After games against Manchester United and Arsenal, they end the year with a game that they need to be picking points up in as Albion visit. Steve Clarke’s side are set for another comfortable season, something that Allardyce can only dream of after the opening third of the campaign.
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