The English Premier League looks busy during the yuletide. The battle to clinch the giant trophy was again made even for teams to settle their supremacy on the turf and it was an opportunity for some teams to amass maximum points to stamp their authority on boxing day.
Manchester City were presented with a very good opportunity to redeem themselves and get back into the title race against an opposition which beat Chelsea at their backyard but fell flat to the opposition.
City led proceedings in the the 14th minute through a silky finish from Bennardo Silva. Relentless Leicester equalized through Marc Albrighton and went ahead to lead through Ricardo Pereira to pile the pressure on Guardiola’s men who had Fabian Delph sent off for a challenge on an apposition player rendering the Citizens winless in their last two outings.
Liverpool on the other hand put up a very commanding performance against Newcastle who are managed by former Reds boss Rafa Benitez. Liverpool quickly put the ball at the back of the net through a shot in the eighteen yard box by defender Dejan Lovren in the 11th minute .
Mohammed Salah scored through the penalty spot whilst Shaqiri and substitute added two more goals to give the reds a 4 nil win over Newcastle who seemed to have no answer to Liverpool on the afternoon.
Liverpool still lead the league with 51 points and still remain the only unbeaten team in the league.
Manchester United continued their fine form under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 3 goals to 1 win over Huddersfield town courtesy goals from Paul Pogba double and a Nemanja Matic goal. Mathias Jorgenssen scored a consolation in the 88th minute for Hudersfield Town. Solskajaer’s men played comfortably and controlled proceedings in both halves thus reflecting in the scoreline.
The win has pushed United to 32 points, 5 points adrift Chelsea who have a game to play tonight against Watford later in the day.
Arsenal also failed to protect an early goal scored by Pierre Emerick Aubamenyang through a wonderful assist from strike partner Alexander Lacazette in the 7th minute against Brighton and Hove Albion.
Brighton grew into the game after conceding the early goal and equalised through a swift counter attack which was assisted by Lichsteiner’s back header falling for Jurgen Locadia who rounded goalkeeper Leno at the edge of the box and planting the ball at the back of the net.
Free scoring Tottenham Hostpurs moved to second position just 6 points adrift leaders Liverpool by thumping Bournemouth by 5 goals to nill . A Son Hyeun Min brace and goals from Eriksen, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane ensured that Hostpurs kick Manchester City out of second place on the table.
Everton also deepened the woes of struggling Burnley by an emphatic thrashing of 5 goals to 1.
Earlier, Fulham drew 1 1 with Wolves whiles the match between between Crystal Palace and Cardiff City ended in a stalemate.