The English Premier League provided us with plenty of high octane stuff this week. The matches saw some surprise results, the resurrection of a few players, and the usual dose of action and drama.
Liverpool, Manchester City, and Tottenham make up the top three spot, with another heavyweight Chelsea complete the top four. Crystal Palace put in a wonderful performance at the Etihad to beat reigning champions Manchester City. Meanwhile, in the biggest match of the week, after the sacking of Jose Mourinho, Manchester United thrashed Cardiff City under their new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Here are the results and some of the key talking points.
H U G E three points 🙌 https://t.co/exE0qZnTwE
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 21, 2018
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Liverpool
Liverpool clinched top spot in the Premier League before Christmas Day as they earned a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday. Goals from Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk in each half secured the three points for the Reds.
FULL-TIME | Our final home game of 2018 ends in defeat. Congratulations to @CPFC on the performance and win.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 22, 2018
Manchester City 2-3 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace beat Manchester City 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium to stun the champions and leave Pep Guardiola’s side four points behind leaders Liverpool. Andros Townsend smashed home a sublime 30-yard volley to help Palace cause the biggest shock of the campaign to date by claiming their first win at City for exactly 28 years.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 22, 2018
Cardiff City 1-5 Manchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got off to a perfect start as Manchester United’s interim manager with a 5-1 thrashing Cardiff City. Marcus Rashford’s stunning free-kick, a deflected effort from Ander Herrera and a fabulous team goal by Anthony Martial effectively won the contest before half-time for a United side inspired by the recalled Paul Pogba, who had a hand in all three first-half goals.
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— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 22, 2018
Arsenal 3-1 Burnley
Arsenal returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory against struggling Burnley at the Emirates Stadium. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring after just 14 minutes, and it was the Gabon international again that doubled the Gunners lead three minutes into the second half. Ashley Barnes reduced the lead by pulling one off, but Alex Iwobi’s late strike rounded things off after Mesut Ozil’s shot was deflected into his path.
Huddersfield Town 1-3 Southampton
Southampton registered back-to-back Premier League wins with a 3-1 triumph over Huddersfield. Nathan Redmond and Danny Ings appeared to have done enough for a methodical first-half for Southampton, but Philip Billing slashed Huddersfield’s deficit in half after the restart. Later Obafemi became Saints’ youngest Premier League goalscorer in the process.
— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) December 22, 2018
Bournemouth 2-0 Brighton
David Brooks brace proved to be enough for Bournemouth who record a welcome 2-0 win against Brighton. Brooks helped himself to his second of the game with a lovely header beyond Ryan to wrap up the points for Bournemouth.
Newcastle United 0-0 Fulham
Newcastle United were held to a frustrating draw with bottom side Fulham in a cagey Premier League affair at St James’ Park. Fulham remain four points from safety while Newcastle sit five points above the relegation zone.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 22, 2018
Chelsea 0-1 Leicester City
Leicester City recorded a welcome 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge today, with Jamie Vardy’s 51st-minute strike downing Maurizio Sarri’s side. Leicester will now spend Christmas Day in ninth place, 12 points off fourth-placed Chelsea, who occupy the final Champions League qualification spot.
FT | Goals from Deeney and Deulofeu secure back-to-back wins for #watfordfc for the first time since October!
Merry Christmas one and all 🙌 pic.twitter.com/zMKNCw5yam
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) December 22, 2018
West Ham United 0-2 Watford
Watford moved up to seventh in the Premier League as goals from Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu secured a 2-0 win at West Ham. Deeney gave the visitors the lead in the 30th minute, and Deulofeu struck in the dying minutes to secure all three points for the visitors.