Like small children that have been extra-specially good in the hectic build up to Christmas, West Ham have been allowed to open one of their presents early this year.
It comes in the form of a visit from 2013/14 Championship winners Leicester City, in the midst of rapidly returning from whence they came.
Just reward for an excellent first 16 games that sees them occupying a scarcely-believable fourth spot in the Premier League after eight wins, four draws and four defeats some might say.
Punters too can get in on the gift getting with the Irons an extremely festive 18/25 to pile the misery on visitors who have lost eight of their last nine games, a goalless draw providing the Foxes’ only respite during that miserable sequence.
Leicester’s road ledger paints an even grimmer picture, with their smash and grab win at Stoke City in early September the only time they’ve avoided being sent home with their bushy tails between their legs all season long.
When not outplayed by the opposition, Nigel Pearson’s men have a tendency to weigh in with defensive errors to help their more struggling hosts (Crystal Palace, Aston Villa) get over the line.
Leicester have snapped a run of five away blanks in six over the last two games, but if this emboldens them to go in search of goals once more the razor-sharp claret and blue counter attack, masterminded by a resurgent Stewart Downing, is likely to cut them down to size fairly quickly.
The Irons are in formidable nick right now and while their form away is steady (they drew in Sunderland last time out), they’re red hot in the east end of London, winning five of their last six games.
They weren’t chewing their way through any old cannon fodder either, with Liverpool, Manchester City and a then high-flying Newcastle among their victims.
Had Andy Carroll played a greater part against Aston Villa, Allardyce’s charges could be looking for their seventh-straight Boleyn win against the Foxes.
Carroll’s form as West Ham’s penalty area lightning conductor in subsequent games suggests he could just the man to get the ball over the line if Leicester try to ball up hedgehog fashion.
The increasingly-divine ponytail can be backed to score the game’s final goal at 17/4.