Chelsea had championship aspirations heading into the season, but a few stumbles have left the big-spending Blues trailing the Manchester clubs and now stand closer to falling out of top four than challenging for the top spot.
If Chelsea is going to stay ahead of the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool, they will need to beat London rival Fulham in today's Boxing Day clash. Clint Dempsey has been rolling for the Cottagers, and he will look to burn the Blues yet again, as he has done before in his Fulham career.
Manchester rivals City and United are in action as they keep battling for first place, as City faces a trip to Albion to face West Brom, while United takes on Wigan.
Today will offer some big match-ups for other Americans, as Brad Guzan leads Aston Villa against Stoke City, while Jonathan Spector faces his former club as Birmingham takes on West Ham United in League Championship action.
If you will be watching today's action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.
Enjoy the action (Today's TV schedule is after the jump):
TODAY'S SOCCER ON TV
8am– Fox Soccer Channel- Chelsea vs. Fulham
10am– ESPN2- Manchester United vs. Wigan
10am– Fox Soccer Channel- West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City
10am– ESPN3.com- Bolton vs. Newcastle
10am– FoxSoccer.tv- Liverpool vs. Blackburn
10am– FoxSoccer.tv- Sunderland vs. Everton
12:30pm– Fox Soccer Plus- Birmingham City vs. West Ham United
2:45pm– Fox Soccer Channel- Stoke City vs. Aston Villa
10am– Fox Soccer Plus- Arsenal vs. Wolves
Noon– Fox Soccer Channel- Swansea City vs. Queens Park Rangers
2:30pm– Fox Soccer Channel- Norwich City vs. Tottenham