Sunday, 25 December 2016

Chelsea Top Of The Tree As Reds Secure Derby Delight

Ahead of a packed festive period, gameweek 17 of Premier League action saw a low scoring weekend compared to the highs of the previous week.

The weekend opened with a London derby as Crystal Palace hosted leaders Chelsea to Selhurst Park. The sides played out a tight game overall with the Blues securing a narrow 1-0 win with Diego Costa striking the winning goal on 44 minutes.The loss would prove to be a costly one for Eagles manager Alan Pardew who was sacked on Thursday.

Middlesbrough ensured they would go into the festive period clear of the bottom three with a 3-0 win over struggling Swansea City.
The Swans remain in the bottom three after slipping two goals inside the half hour mark as Alvaro Negredo opened the scoring on 18 minutes followed by a 28th minute penalty. Marten De Roon finished off the Swans hopes just before the hour mark.

Leicester City remain just outside the drop zone after salvaging a 2-2 draw away to Stoke City. The Foxes had to do it the hard way after Jamie Vardy's 28th minute dismissal was followed by a penalty from Bojan Krkic and strike from Joe Allen just before half-time.

The ten men fought back superbly with a Leonardo Ulloa effort on 75 minutes before Daniel Amartey secured a point with two minutes to go.

Sunderland closed the gap to safety with a narrow 1-0 win over Watford at the Stadium of Light.

The winning goal came just four minutes after halftime as Patrick Van Aanholt struck.

Hull City go into the festive period propping up the table after a 1-0 defeat to West Ham United.

The winning goal came on 76 minutes as Mark Noble struck from the penalty spot.

Manchester United closed up on the top four with a 2-0 win away to West Bromwich Albion.

The visitors went ahead early on as Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring on five minutes and he confirmed the three points in the second half with a 55th minute effort.

Southampton moved up to seventh spot with a 3-1 win in the south coast derby against Bournemouth on Sunday.

The Cherries went ahead inside six minutes through Nathan Ake before being pegged back by a leveller from Ryan Bertrand just eight minutes later. A brace from Jay Rodriguez sealed the points for the Saints as he struck on 48 and 85 minutes.

A battle in the top four saw Manchester City edge out Arsenal 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

A rapid opener from Theo Walcott saw the Gunners lead inside six minutes before Leroy Sane levelled just after half-time. The win was sealed on 72 minutes via a strike from Raheem Sterling. 

Tottenham Hotspur closed the gap to the top four with a 2-1 win over Burnley at White Hart Lane.

The Clarets opened the scoring through Ashley Barnes on 21 minutes before being swiftly pegged back by Dele Alli's leveller on 27 minutes. The points were sealed on 70 minutes by Danny Rose's effort.

The final game of the weekend was Mersey Monday as Everton hosted neighbours Liverpool in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.

The sides played out a classic with strong attack meeting strong defence but the Reds prevailed late on as Sadio Mane secured a 1-0 win in the fourth minute of added time.