Football to watch on TV: Chelsea against Arsenal in the Premier League

Four of the five major European football leagues do not work for the holidays, but given the pressure COVID-19 has put on the international calendar, those breaks will be shorter than usual, the Spanish La Liga returns next week and the German Bundesliga and Italian Serie A will continue the match next weekend. France’s Ligue 1 will take the longest break, pausing for two weeks until January 6.

That leaves the focus this weekend on the English Premier League, which will play 20 games from now until the new year, starting with the traditional boxing day game on Saturday.

The most interesting of the six will see Chelsea (7-3-4) Christian Pulisic, who have lost the last two away, a trip to the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal (4-8-2) who have not won a league game since November 1 (Chapter 4 , Universo, 9:30 a.m. PST). For Chelsea, a win could take him to second place in the table. Arsenal slipped to 15th place, leaving the Gunners closer to relegation than the top of the table. With eight defeats in 14 games, Arsenal are just two defeats ashamed to match their second-highest overall score in 14 seasons.

Later on Saturday, Manchester City (6-2-5), once down in all competitions since Sept. 27, host Newcastle United’s middle table (5-5-3), which won only once this month (NBCSN, Universo , noon PST). Despite a hot streak, City – who have conceded only a goal in their last five league games – have spent just seven days in the top seven since September.

On Sunday, leading Liverpool (9-1-4) and Mohamed Salah, EPL top scorer, face West Bromwich (1-9-4) at Anfield (NBCSN, Telemundo, 8:30 am PST).