Premiership sides are involved in only two games during the week; Reading play host to Arsenal tonight, while Chelsea play their League Cup tie against Leeds on Wednesday. However, there is a lot going on in football elsewhere.
Monday 17 December
Reading v Arsenal- Following their amazing League Cup tie which ended 7 - 5 earlier in the year, the two sides clash again- this time in the Premier League. History rests firmly in Arsenal's favour, they have won all previous 10 competitive matches against Reading. However, we saw last week how vulnerable the London side can be in their League Cup quarter-final loss at the hands of League Two Bradford. Arsene Wenger's men will be looking to get back on form, but Reading are not short of motivation. This game could be very open with alot of goals.
Wednesday 19 December
Leeds United v Chelsea- The Blues travel to Yorkshire for yet another fixture in their busy December schedule, for the League Cup quarter-final. Chelsea have become somewhat unpredictable of late- they won clinically in Europe, the Premier League and the Club World Cup, before losing the final of the latter due to missed chances. Also last week, we all witnessed a giant slaying when Arsenal were beaten by Bradford- and Leeds will be hoping for something similar. Nothing is nailed on for this game, but if I was a betting man I would put money on Chelsea bouncing back in style.
Lionel Messi scored two more goals in Barcelona's 4 - 1 win over Atletico Madrid. Outshining striking starlet Falcao.
Corinthians saw off Chelsea to win the Club World Cup. The game ended 1 - 0.
Adel Taarabt wonder goal on Saturday has caught a lot of attention. His manager, Harry Redknapp claimed the Moraccan was "just like Di Canio".
Manchester City stars, Aguero and Kompany, attended the Sport's Personality of the Year Awards. The strikers were hilariously greeted by the whole crowd with the Poznan, below.