Merry Christmas from everyone at The Flag Post’s Soccer HQ here in Seattle, WA.
After spending a lovely Christmas Day with family, and keeping with the Boxing Day traditions, The Premier League wasted no time in getting back into action with a full slate of fixtures this morning. So, without further ado here’s our round up…
Tottenham’s easy victory at home and Man City’s uncharacteristic second loss on the bounce means that Spurs leapfrog Pep’s men and sit in second. 6 whole points behind Liverpool. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have scored 11 goals in their last 2 games, South Korean attacker Son Hueng-Min playing the unlikely role of hero, having scored 4 of them.
Table toppers Liverpool also ran away with their game, putting 4 past Newcastle at Anfield, The Magpies are now 15th and Rafa Benitez must be fearing a relegation battle. Xherdan Shaqiri bagged himself another goal, he is proving his worth under Jurgen Klopp and I have to say, I am surprised. I didn’t think much of him at Stoke and I thought he would be a bit part player with Liverpool, a substitute at most.
Liverpool’s Merseyside neighbors, Everton moved up to 8th place with an impressive 5 – 1 win away a lowly Burnley. It would seem that the many investments they have made recently in their squad are finally paying off as players get used to their new manager’s style of play and they become accustomed to playing together. Recently arrived left back Lucas Digne hit two with goals from Richarlson, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Yerry Mina completing the rout.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it 2 wins in 2 as Man United manager. A brace of goals from French World Cup Winning midfielder, Jose’s best mate, handshake master and Instagram sensation Paul Pogba secured them a 3-1 win at home to bottom placed Huddersfield.
My favorite goal scored today was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 7th minute effort for Arsenal in their draw with Brighton. The Gunners attackers never gave up on the ball and pressed the opposition defence into making mistake after mistake until the ball broke to Alexandre Lacazette in the Brighton penalty area, he calmly laid the ball of to his strike partner who smashed the ball into the opposite top corner with the outside of his left boot.
Fulham 1 – 1 Wolves
Burnley 1 – 5 Everton
Crystal Palace 0 – 0 Cardiff City
Leicester 2 – 1 Man City
Liverpool 4 – 0 Newcastle
Man Utd 3 – 1 Huddersfield
Tottenham 5 – 0 Bournemouth
Brighton 1 – 1 Arsenal
Watford 1 – 1 Chelsea (HT) – Roberto Pererya’s classy finish proving you are never more vulnerable in defense than when you have just scored yourself.
Southampton play West Ham tomorrow at 11:45 PT tomorrow on NBCSN
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