It was raining goals on Boxing Day in the English Premier League. A total of 30 goals were scored on the holiday. Matchday 19 consisted of the top table teams asserting their dominance, and losing streaks came to an end.
West Ham (2) vs. Southampton (3)
Westham’s achilles heel of giving up leads reared its ugly head in their fixture against Southampton. Westham gave up three leads after fighting back twice to even up the match.
Tottenham (3) vs. Crystal Palace (0)
Tottenham continues their positive turnaround since the hiring of Antonio Conte. Lucas Moura has been one of the players that received a jolt from Conte. He scored and assisted the other two goals in this game. Harry Kane scored the opening goal of the match to tie the record for the most goals scored in the Premier League on Boxing Day with 9 goals. Heung-Min Son scored his club leading eighth goal to finish the game.
Norwich City (0) vs. Arsenal (5)
The Gunners win their fourth straight game in a dominant win against bottom of the table Norwich City. The goals came frequently and often. The young Englishman Buyako Saka scored twice in the match then Tierney, Lacazette and Rowe added one goal each to a five goal victory over Norwich.
Manchester City (6) vs. Leicester City (3)
This was a match of two halves. The first half was utter dominance by Manchester City, they scored four goals to take a comfortable lead going into the second half. After the break, Leicester seemed to have woken up and scored three goals in the first twenty minutes of the second half to bring the lead down to one goal. But, a soft goal by Aymeric Laporte off a corner kick four minutes after Leicester came back sealed the victory for City.
Aston Villa (1) vs. Chelsea (3)
Chelsea get a much needed victory over Aston Villa to keep them in step with the teams at the top of the table. Aston Villa opened the scoring with an own goal by Reece James in the first half. Villa took a penalty in the box which allowed Jorginho to take the penalty and scored a no doubter in the bottom left corner. Romelu Lukaku was involved in the next two goals by Chelsea scoring the one and drawing a penalty on the second. Jorginho scored his second penalty of the night.
Brighton (2) vs. Brentford (0)
Brighton earned their first victory in twelve matches and moved atop of Brentford in the table. Leandro Trossard opened the scoring with a cheeky touch over Alvaro Fernandez. Neal Maupay scored on his former club to extend the lead to two. Robert Sanchez kept a clean sheet with Brentford taking six shots on goal.
Newcastle (1) vs. Manchester United (1)
United showed signs of rust after their sixteen day layoff to finish in a draw against Newcastle. The Magpies struck quickly in the seventh minute with a goal by Allan Saint-Maximin. They maintained the lead for 64 minutes until half-time substitute Edinson Cavani found the back of the goal in the 71st minute.
- Liverpool vs. Leeds
- Wolves vs. Watford
- Burnley vs. Everton