Chelsea head into the final game of 2016 incredibly looking for their 13 consecutive Premier League win of the season, however Stoke stand in their way. The Blues have had a remarkable start under new boss Antonio Conte and his well-documented 3-4-3 formation that has engineered Chelsea to lead the title race by six points at the half-way stage. Chelsea have shown their best displays at home, winning seven of their eight on home soil, netting 24 goals (63% of their season total), an average of three goals per game. Stoke are having a roller coaster of a season, starting slow, picking up form but now slumping to just two points from their last four matches. Mark Hughes' men have suffered heavy 3-1 and 4-1 defeats against Arsenal and Liverpool respectively in their last two away outings. The Potters are also winless against sides in the top six this term, losing four and drawing once, conceding 16 and scoring just four in return. Chelsea haven't lost their final league game of a calendar year since 2011 and they look strong enough to continue that run into 2017.
The final Premier League fixture of 2016 sees Liverpool host Manchester City at Anfield. Both sides have started the campaign well and currently occupy second and third in the division standing respectively. Liverpool have scored in 15 of their 18 Premier League matches this season, netting a total of 45 goals, averaging 2.5 per game, a league high. 66% (12/18) of their games have also seen both teams score, including seven of their last nine on home soil. Manchester City have found the back of the net in 17 of their 18 league matches this season, scoring a total of 39 goals in the process, averaging 2.2 goals per game. 72% (13/18) of their Premier League games have also seen both teams score, including nine of their last 12 when travelling away from the Etihad stadium. There have been plenty of goals in meetings between the clubs in recent seasons. 10 of the last 11 clashes in all competitions between Liverpool and Manchester City have seen both teams score, producing an average of 4.2 goals per game. This looks the perfect fixture to cap off the calendar year in style.