Friday, 26 December 2014

Boxing Day Premier League review

Saturday 26th December 2014

The festive fixtures kicked off at Stamford Bridge and the league leaders. Chelsea continued their assault on the title and maintained their 100% home record with a 2-0 win against high flyers West Ham. Chelsea have won 9 out of 9 at home and only conceded 3 goals. West Ham dropped to 5th with the defeat which ended a 5 game unbeaten run.

Man City kept up the chase at the top with a 3-1 win at West Brom. City are undefeated in 9 games (winning 8 and drawing 1) as they attempt to keep pace with Chelsea. West Brom suffered their 2nd successive defeat but stay 15th.

Man Utd stayed 3rd after beating Newcastle 3-1 at home. United are unbeaten in 8 and have only lost once in 13 games. They have not defeated defeat at Old Trafford since the opening game of the season. Newcastle drop to 10th with their 3rd successive defeat. After winning 5 games on the trot Newcastle have only won once in the last 6 games.

Southampton moved into a Champions League spot with a 3-1 win on the road at Crystal Palace. After 4 defeats Southampton have won back-to-back games to move to 4th but welcome Chelsea next at St Mary's. Palace drop into the bottom 3 and haven't won in 6 games

Arsenal remain out of the European spots despite a 2-1 win at home to QPR. Arsenal have only lost once at home all season and have won 3 on the trot at the Emirates. QPR have lost 11 games this season and have failed to win to go 2 games without a defeat. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet away from home all season.

Bottom club Leicester continued their bad run after going down 2-1 at home to Tottenham. Tottenham stay 7th with their 3rd win in the trot and have won 5 out of the last 7 games. Leicester look doomed as they have now gone 13 games without a win losing 11 of those games and are now 6 points adrift of safety.

Swansea stay 8th as they look to cement a top 10 finish with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa. Swansea win back-to-back 1-0 games to stay 8th. Aston Villa are the country's lowest scoring team and have failed to score in 50% of their games this season.

Liverpool move to 9th after beating Burnley 1-0. Liverpool got their first win in 4 games and their first away clean sheet in 11 games in all competitions, Burnley drop back into the bottom 3 after failing to score at home for the first time in 7 games.

Stoke move to 11th after a 1-0 win at fellow mid-tablers Everton who drop to 12th. Stoke and Everton are both having up and down seasons with neither team producing consistent results this season,

Hull climbed out of the bottom 3 with a 3-1 away win at rivals Sunderland. Sunderland ended a 3 game unbeaten run, whereas Hull had gone 10 games without a win before todays game.

Results:
Friday 26th December 2014
Chelsea v West Ham 2-0
Burnley v Liverpool 0-1
Crystal Palace v Southampton 1-3
Everton v Stoke 0-1
Leicester v Tottenham 1-2
Man Utd v Newcastle 3-1
Sunderland v Hull 1-3
Swansea v Aston Villa 1-0
West Brom v Man City 1-3
Arsenal v QPR 2-1

Table:
PosTeamPldWDLGDPts
1Chelsea1814312745
2Man City1813322442
3Man Utd1810531435
4Southampton1810261732
5West Ham18945831
6Arsenal188641030
7Tottenham18936030
8Swansea18846428
9Liverpool18747-225
10Newcastle18657-723
11Stoke18648-422
12Everton18567-121
13Aston Villa18558-1120
14Sunderland183105-1119
15West Brom18459-817
16QPR185211-1317
17Hull18378-716
18Crystal Palace18369-1015
19Burnley18369-1515
20Leicester182412-1510

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