AS we prepare to face Yeovil Town at Home Park this Boxing Day, we look at some reasons to be optimistic...
Home for Christmas
Argyle haven't lost in the last seven home games they have played on Boxing Day. That run involves a 1-1 draw against Torquay in 2012, a 2-0 win against Southampton in 2008, two 2-1 wins over Queens Park Rangers in 2004 and 2007, two 2-2 draws against Torquay United in 2001 and 1999 and a 2-1 win against Cardiff in 2000. The last time Argyle did lose at home on Boxing Day was in 1997 against Fulham.
If you were to compare Argyle's points total to 2001-2002 and 2003-2004; the seasons in which the Pilgrims were crowned champions, you would see that Derek Adams' men are very much on target for success come the end of the season. After 20 games Argyle's 40 points was three points higher than the Pilgrims had after 20 games in 2003-4, and four points behind the 44 they had achieved after as many games in 2001-2002.
After a last-gasp Kelvin Mellor winner at Hartlepool, the Pilgrims proudly sat on top of the table for Christmas. The Pilgrims have 43 points after 22 games, which is six points higher than this stage last season. With the same points tally, Argyle would have been joint top of the league last season - with three other teams on 43 points.
Whilst Argyle top League Two, the Glovers are down the other end of the table, sitting in 23rd. Yeovil haven't won in 14 League Two games, and have just two wins from 22 league games this season. The Pilgrims will be expected to take the three points at Home Park on Boxing Day, against a side who only have 13 points so far, although Derek Adams will be aware his opposition will be very up for it under caretaker manager Darren Way.