Friday, 13 January 2017

Premier League Xmas Catch-up

After a busy start to the new year which has included a backlog for the results service, the catch-up begins with a focus on the bumper schedule across the festive period. 

Gameweek 18 began on Boxing day as Watford hosted Crystal Palace in a London derby that saw the sides share the points. 

A 1-1 draw saw Yohan Cabaye open the scoring for the Eagles on 26 minutes before Troy Deeney salvaged a point with a 71st minute penalty which was also his 100th league goal.

Arsenal continued their push towards the top with a narrow 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion. 

The Gunners left it late to secure the win with an acrobatic effort from Olivier Giroud coming in the 86th minute. 

Burnley secured a narrow 1-0 win over Middlesbrough at Turf Moor.

The Clarets secured the points with a strike in the 80th minute from Andre Gray.

Chelsea extended their winning run and stay at the top with a comfortable 3-0 win over Bournemouth,

The Blues went ahead on 24 minutes with an opener from Pedro before Eden Hazard doubled the lead from the penalty spot just four minutes after half-time. The gloss on the win was a gift from the visitors as Steve Cook scored a late own goal.

Champions Leicester City continued their struggles with a 2-0 loss at home to Everton.

The Toffees opened the scoring six minutes after half-time through Kevin Mirallas before Romelu Lukaku confirmed the win late on.

Manchester United continued their good run with a 3-1 win over struggling Sunderland.

The hosts took the lead six minutes before the interval through Daley Blind before two goals in five minutes deep into the second half sealed the win. Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck ahead of an effort from Henrikh Mkhitaryan with Fabio Borini claiming a consolation for the visitors. 

Swansea City remained in trouble as they were dismantled 4-1 by West Ham United. The Hammers led after just 13 minutes courtesy of Andre Ayew's effort before Winston Reid doubled the lead five minutes after the interval.

Michail Antonio added a third before Fernando Llorente cut the gap late on but the Hammers would regain their three goal advantage in added time as Andy Carroll.

Manchester City continued their push to the top with a comfortable 3-0 win at Hull City.A five minute double deep into the second half saw Yaya Toure score a penalty ahead of an effort from Kelechi Iheanacho. The win was sealed in added time by a Curtis Davies own goal.

Liverpool retained second spot behind Chelsea with a comfortable 4-1 win over Stoke City. The Reds went behind to a Jon Walters strike inside 12 minutes. They battled back with two goals before the interval as Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino made it 2-1. 

An own goal from Giannelli Imbula saw the hosts lead 3-1 before Daniel Sturridge completed the win in the 70th minute.

Tottenham Hotspur continued their top four stay with a strong 4-1 win over Southampton. The hosts made a perfect start with Virgil van Dijk scoring inside two minutes.

Dele Alli drew Spurs level on 20 minutes before a double blow for the Saints saw Harry Kane put the visitors ahead with Nathan Redmond sent off just five minutes later. The win was wrapped up late on as Son Heung-Min struck ahead of Alli's second on 87 minutes.