In the Championship, Leicester City desperately need to find some new momentum. Runaway favourites for promotion at the start of the season after spending a small fortune, they once again find themselves struggling to keep pace with the leaders.
Saturday's defeat at home to first-placed Cardiff was hugely significant. They have another chance to knock a top team off their perch when they travel to Hull tomorrow, but Nigel Pearson's former side haven't lost since November.
Villa's mini revival came to a crashing halt at Chelsea on Sunday, and they haven't got a much easier task on Boxing Day. Spurs are the visitors, still smarting from their goal-less draw at home to West Brom before Christmas.
West Brom fans wouldn't have dared ask Santa for something as outrageous as a Champions League place this year. But as things stand they are one of four clubs tied for the all-important fourth spot in the Premier League table.
Their recent goal drought has been addressed with a two-one win over Norwich, and with Boxing Day's opponents QPR struggling for consistency this is an excellent chance for the Baggies to establish themselves in the top five.