Which of the Premier League’s best players will make it to the final?
The Premier League is set to open up the new year with a clash of the best teams in the world, with three of the top four teams in terms of global rankings.
With two-thirds of the world’s population expected to arrive in the country by the end of this year, it’s no surprise the top five will come out on top.
Here’s how the season will unfold in the coming weeks, as the Premier league takes on three of these teams: United States – Manchester United (20-3, 16th) A win over Chelsea would give them a three-point lead over their nearest rivals, with the only tie-breaker to be the form of their opponents (Chelsea have scored the most goals in the competition so far this season).
The Red Devils are also the only team to have won the FA Cup in the same season, with their last triumph coming against Arsenal in May.
New Zealand – Newcastle Jets (22-5, 14th)A draw against Everton will see the Jets maintain their four-point advantage over their closest rivals, while they have the best chance of a third win in their last four matches.
The Blue Devils have had a tough start to the season, winning just one of their opening three games, but have won their last two, drawing 1-1 with Manchester United and beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0.
A draw at Everton would mean Newcastle have three points to play for, with Arsenal having only two to play against and Spurs having just one to play.
South Africa – Southampton (16-5-2, 12th)The Saints are still in third place, having secured a place in the FA Youth Cup with a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United in their opening game.
They are the only side to have scored more than five goals in a Premier League game this season, and are unbeaten in all competitions.
There is one tiebreaker to take into account, with Southampton having only conceded two goals in all competition so Far. Germany – Borussia Dortmund (20, 11th)They are back in second place, after a win over Stoke City left them in third, with a three point cushion on their rivals.
BVB, who are unbeaten since October, have scored eight goals in their past seven matches.
There is also one tie-break to take advantage of, with Dortmund needing a win to stay in the hunt for a place at the finals.
Spain – Barcelona (18, 13th)Another win for the Catalans would see them stay up, but a draw would leave them with three points, with just two games remaining.
Barça are unbeaten and their three-game unbeaten run has seen them finish in the top half of the table for the first time in 11 years.
But the Spanish giants will be hoping that a win against their arch-rivals would mean they can retain the Champions League spot.
Italy – Chelsea (16, 11)The Blues are in the bottom three of their group, but the only draw is against Bologna, who sit third.
Chelsea are unbeaten at Stamford Bridge, having scored five goals and conceded just one.
And the Blues have conceded the fewest goals in Europe this season (three) South Korea – Swansea City (15, 11, 7th)South Korea have won only one of three matches, losing to Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates Stadium, but they have been a force on the international stage, with five of their eight victories come away from home.
After a 0-0 draw against FC Tokyo in the opening match of the campaign, they will be looking to bounce back with a win in this match.
Brazil – Real Madrid (18-10-1, 14)Real Madrid have won all five of the matches they have played so far, but are still struggling to get results.
Their last win was a 3-1 win at Chelsea in November, and they are without a win on the road this season.
In the opening week of the season they are unbeaten, but their run of six consecutive victories has been cut short.
For the rest of the league, a draw at Newcastle would leave the two sides tied at four points.
Turkey – Athletic Bilbao (16,-7, 9th)Bilbao have conceded just three goals in seven matches this season and sit five points behind their nearest challengers, Real Madrid, with two games to play this week.
As well as a loss to Juventus, Bilbaz have conceded three goals against Roma and two against Chelsea, and have scored two goals against both Manchester clubs.
If they draw at either of these sides they will finish fourth in the table, but if they lose to either then they would finish fifth.
Japan – Bayern Munich (