Second day of Christmas? More like BoxGing Day, American boys?
A couple of defenders may have enjoyed the festive treats when we were treated to a series of points-rich matches on Sunday – even though we lost three matches due to Covid-19 outbursts.
The four kicks at 15 that remained gave us 22 goals in total, before Aston Villa vs Chelsea accounted for four more. The curtain went down with Brighton vs Brentford at 20.00, which ended in a comparatively dry 2-0 win for the home team.
Here’s how all the action unfolded …
A thriller with nine goals / Alex Pantling / GettyImages
Manchester City came out on the right side of a nine-goal thriller and beat Leicester City 6-3 to keep their cushion at the top of the Premier League table.
Cityzens were completely ruthless from the start and competed in a lead with four goals thanks to strikes from Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling. However, the injured Foxes did well after this, which made it incredible to 4-3 with three goals in just 10 minutes in the second half.
However, they could not complete the comeback with Aymeric Laporte and Sterling scoring before the end to end a memorable afternoon.
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A great day for traveling Gunners support / Harriet Lander / GettyImages
Arsenal continued their impressive form recently, battling for a 5-0 victory over humble Norwich City at Carrow Road.
Bukayo Saka put his side in the lead early and it was clear for the Gunners from there with especially Martin Odegaard who impressed.
KIeran Tierney doubled the away team’s advantage just before the break and Saka, Alexandre Lacazette and Emile Smith Rowe all netted in the second half to secure an impressive three points.
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Another positive result for Spurs / Paul Harding / GettyImages
Tottenham’s return under new manager Antonio Conte continued, as they won a comfortable 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
The Eagles had tried to get the match postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak in their ranks. However, the match progressed and Spurs secured three points thanks to goals from Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min.
Quickfire attacks from Kane and Lucas got the hosts started in the first half and the expulsion of Wilfried Zaha for a foolish second warning nevertheless secured the victory. Son then made it 3-0 16 minutes after time.
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Bednarek was the hero / Justin Setterfield / GettyImages
Southampton beat West Ham 3-2 in yet another entertaining festive match on Monday.
The Saints took the lead within 10 minutes with the permission of Mohamed Elyounoussi – the only real moment in the first half. Things came to life after a break with Michail Antonio leveling the score, before James Ward-Prowse restored the visitors’ advantage from the spot after Armando Broja was hauled down the box.
Minutes later, Said Benrahma finished to 2-2 but the Saints got the last laugh when Jan Bednarek nodded home the winner.
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A big win for Chelsea / Catherine Ivill / GettyImages
The introduction of Romelu Lukaku at half-time inspired Chelsea to a comeback victory against Aston Villa.
Villa had taken the lead under strange circumstances when Reece James steered a post past his own goalkeeper. However, the Blues equalized from the spot through Jorginho, after Callum Hudson-Odoi clumsily fell into the box by Matty Cash.
With even points at half time, Chelsea presented Lukaku and he soon nodded his side forward before winning a second penalty that allowed Jorginho to put the match beyond all doubt.
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A fantastic win for Seagulls / Bryn Lennon / GettyImages
Brighton entered the top half of the Premier League table with a fairly comfortable 2-0 victory over Brentford in the final match of the Boxing Days offer.
Two impressive strokes in the first half from Leandro Trossard and Neal Maupay proved the difference between the two sides with the former putting Seagulls ahead with a lavish lob in the 34th minute.
Maupay doubled Brighton’s lead with a fierce effort from outside the box just before the break and despite some pressure in the second half, Brentford could not strike back.
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