For the first time in 22 years Newcastle United have no Premier League Boxing Day game.
So this afternoon it was a case of keeping an eye on how our relegation rivals were getting on.
In the final analysis you have to say it was a pretty satisfying set of results.
Not a single team in the bottom half of the table won a game.
The nearest to that were West Ham, though there game had to give Premier League points to one or more clubs at the bottom..
Bournemouth led 2-1, then the Hammers scored twice in the last 10 minutes of normal time to then lead 3-2, only for Wilson to make it 3-3 in the dying seconds.
The other game that featured two clubs in the bottom half saw points shared as well, Huddersfield drawing 1-1 with Stoke.
Elsewhere there were regulation wins for Chelsea and Spurs over Brighton and Southampton respectively.
The only minor disappointment was that West Brom picked up their third point of a possible 18 so far under Alan Pardew. A goalless draw at home to Everton doing little to raise their hopes at the bottom.
Not really involving Newcastle…but the other two matches saw plenty of drama as Watford came back from a goal down to beat Leicester and Man Utd came from two goals down to sadly grab a point at home to Burnley.
Crystal Palace don’t play until Thursday and completing the picture elsewhere, in the Boxing Day teatime kick-off it only took Coutinho six minutes to give Liverpool the lead at home to rock bottom Swansea, hopefully they will finish that job off with a minimum of fuss. (ED: Final score was Liverpool 5 Swansea 0)
The net result is that Newcastle remain in the 15th place they started Boxing Day with and as you can see by this updated Premier League table (which includes all the Boxing Day results apart from that Liverpool v Swansea late kick-off), a win over Man City would see Rafa’s team go up to 12th in the table, whilst a draw would see Newcastle level on points with Southampton.
How the Premier League table looks at 5pm on Boxing Day:
Tuesday (Boxing Day) Premier League fixtures
Tottenham 5 Southampton 2 (12.30pm kick-off)
Bournemouth 3 West Ham 3 (3pm)
Chelsea 2 Brighton 0 (3pm)
Huddersfield 1 Stoke 1 (3pm)
Man Utd 2 Burnley 2 (3pm)
Watford 2 Leicester 1 (3pm)
West Bromwich 0 Everton 0 (3pm)
Liverpool v Swansea (5.30pm)
Newcastle v Man City (7.45pm)
Crystal Palace v Arsenal (8pm)