What a day! After an exciting Christmas, it was nice to wind down with several EPL games. Many of them were astonishing in their scores, three of the bottom teams won their matches today which made for an interesting day in the standings. Everyone knows that any of the teams that are in spots one through 4 at Christmas are in prime spots to win the title. That means Liverpool, Chelsea, arsenal and Manchester City are all in the race to win the title. It’s going to be an interesting next couple of weeks!
Manchester City (2) v (1) Liverpool
Goals- MC: Kompany (30’) Negredo (45’) LFC: Coutinho (23’)
Two of the highest scoring players in the EPL met today in an exciting match at Etihad Stadium; Luis Suarez with 19 goals and Sergio Aguero with 13 goals. The first 45 minutes were thrilling and one of the best opening halves of the EPL this season. Liverpool jumped on the scoring early with a goal from Coutinho in the 23rd minute, but it wasn’t long though before Manchester City leveled the game. 15 minutes later they went ahead 2-1 in the dying minutes of the first half. There was a call in the first half that could have changed the outcome of this game. Sterling was clearly onside as he had a wide open shot and made it, but the assistant referee called him offside and alas LFC wasn’t awarded the goal. The second half was a Debbie downer, as LFC tried to get their footing back but alas they could not. Man City outplayed LFC in every aspect and Joe Hart came up huge as he saved several shots. With the win Man City take over second place as LFC drop to fourth. The next couple of weeks are going to be an interesting!
Arsenal (3) v (1) West Ham United
Goals- ARS: Walcott (67’ 70’) Podolski (78’) WHU: Carlton Cole (46’)
Arseanl went into this game in fourth place after last week’s tie against Chelsea. It was a must win game if they wanted to get back into the top spot before their rival game against Tottenham on Saturday. The Gunners came back from being a goal down at halftime to rally back and win 3-1. West Ham completely dominated the first 45 minutes, but fell away in the second half as they lost their footing early on in the 67th minute to allow Theo Walcott to net his first goal. Walcott stepped up for the Gunners as he netted two goals in 3 minutes. Luaks Podolski made an incredible come back netting the final goal in the 78th minute. West Ham were looking for another goal, but unfortunately for them it never arrived and Arsenal earned three vital points.
Here’s the rest of Boxing Day results and the new standings!
Manchester United (3) v (2) Hull City
Goals- MU: Smalling (18’) Rooney (25’) Chester (65’ OG) HCY: Chester (3’) Meyler (12’)
Fulham (2) v (1) Norwich City
Goals- FUL: Kasami (32’) Parker (86’) NOR: Hooper (12’)
Southampton (3) v (0) Cardiff City
Goals- SOT: Rodriguez (13’ 19’) Lambert (26’)
Newcastle United (5) v (1) Stoke City
Goals- NEW: Remy (43’ 55’) Gouffran (47’) Cabaye (65’) Cisse (79’ PK) STC: Assaidi (28’)
Sunderland (1) v (0) Everton
Goals- SUN: Ki Sung-Yueng (24’ PK)
Chelsea (1) v (0) Swansea City
Goals- CHL: Eden Hazard (28’)
Tottenham (1) v (1) West Bromwich
Goals- TOT: Christian Eriksen (35’) WBA: Jonas Olsson (37’)
Crystal Palace (1) v (0) Aston Villa
Goals- CRP: Dwight Gayle (90’)