Boxing Day Bonzanza!!!

The midway point of the Premiership season is highlighted by scintillating Boxing Day fixtures. The Premiership this year has been quite epic as Jose Mourinho has returned to Chelsea without missing a beat. Chelsea have been top of the table all season long but Manchester City are only 3 points back so you can bet your bottom dollar that the stakes will be high when these two English giants meet again. Manchester United have struggled under first year manager Louie Van Gaal, but recently have strung together some impressive performances to move from mid table to 3rd place. Since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson the team has played bland & uncreative football. The huge surprise of the season would have to be the form Southampton is in. If any one would have guessed they would be 4th by Boxing Day has to be a saint. The Saint’s of Southampton have performed admirably and credit goes to new boss Ronald Koeman for maximizing his talents. Southampton does have a history of producing good players who get bought out by the sharks of world football. Gareth Bale is one of those crown jewels and the club has smartly spent that bread to build a competitive team. The woes for Liverpool continue as the signee Mario Balotelli has left his shooting boots in Italy. That compiled with sloppy play in the back, Daniel Sturridge being unfit, and Captain Liverpool himself having an uncertain future with the club doesn’t bode will for the second half of the campaign. As December comes to a close and the January transfer window is set to open expect a lot of wheeling and dealing to take place as clubs look to bolster their rosters. Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world where gifts are given to people from their employers as well as a “Black Friday” type of shopping mayhem where price reductions are ample. Boxing Day is celebrated the day after Christmas.

-BoSo

Boxing Day Results

Chelsea 2 West Ham United 0

John Terry 31′ Diego Costa ’62

West Brom 1 Manchester City 3

Fernando ‘8 Yaya Toure ’13 (pen) David Silva ’34

Brown Ideye ’87

Swansea City 1 Aston Villa 0

Gylfi Sigurdsson ’13

Sunderland 1 Hull City 3

Adam Johnson ‘1 Gaston Ramirez ’32 James Chester ’51 Nikica Jelavic ’90

Manchester United 3 Newcastle United 1

Wayne Rooney ’23, ’36 Robin Van Persie ’53 Papiss Demba Cisse ’87 (pen)

Leicester City 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2

Harry Kane ‘1 Leonardo Ulloa ’48 Christian Eriksen ’71

Everton 0 Stoke City 1

Bojan ’38 (pen)

Crystal Palace 1 Southampton 3

Sadio Mane ’17 Ryan Bertrand ’48 Toby Alderweireld ’53 Scott Dann ’86

Burnley 0 Liverpool 1

Raheem Sterling ’62

Arsenal 2 QPR 1

Alexis Sanchez ’37 Tomas Rosicky ’65 Charlie Austin ’79 (pen) 

Premiership Top 10 goal scorers

1. Sergio Aguero (Man City) 14

2. Diego Costa (Chelsea) 13

3. Charlie Austin (QPR) 12

4. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) 10

5. Papiss Demba Cisse (Newcastle) 9

6. Robin Van Persie (Man Utd) 8

7. Wilfried Bony (Swansea) 8

8. Graziano Pelle (Southampton) 8

9. Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) 8

10. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) 7

Premiership Table as of December 30th 7:00pm ET

#
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
PTS
1
Chelsea
19
14
4
1
41
14
27
46
2
Man City
19
13
4
2
41
17
24
43
3
Man United
19
10
6
3
33
19
14
36
4
Southampton
19
10
3
6
32
15
17
33
5
Arsenal
19
9
6
4
34
23
11
33
6
West Ham
19
9
4
6
30
23
7
31
7
Tottenham
19
9
4
6
24
24
0
31
8
Liverpool
19
8
4
7
26
25
1
28
9
Swansea City
19
8
4
7
24
23
1
28
10
Newcastle
19
7
5
7
22
28
-6
26
11
Stoke City
19
7
4
8
21
23
-2
25
12
Everton
19
5
6
8
29
31
-2
21
13
Aston Villa
19
5
6
8
11
22
-11
21
14
Sunderland
19
3
11
5
16
27
-11
20
15
QPR
19
5
3
11
21
34
-13
18
16
West Brom
19
4
5
10
18
28
-10
17
17
Hull City
19
3
7
9
18
26
-8
16
18
Crystal Palace
19
3
7
9
20
30
-10
16
19
Burnley FC
19
3
7
9
14
29
-15
16
20
Leicester City
19
3
4
12
17
31
-14
13

 

Highlights of this wonderful campaign midway through. Enjoy! 😉

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