Welcome back to The Corner. Today we have a special episode all about Boxing Day. Yes, it’s just the Premier League that doesn’t take a well deserved winter break,and plays as usual the day after Christmas. Let’s see then what the clubs who occupy the top part of the standings did.
Chelsea has extended their club record with a 12th Premier League win in a row as they shut down Bournemouth 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Winger Pedro came through opening the scoring midway through the first-half.
The Blues then took advantage of a penalty won early in the second half when Eden Hazard was fouled by Simon Francis.
Hazard scored his 50th goal in 153 appearances in the Premier League.
Pedro sealed the victory with his second strike in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
After 18 games, Antonio Conte’s side sits comfortably at the the top of the Premier League with 46 points.
Better late than never. With three goals late in the game, Manchester City beat Hull City 3-0 to settle into second place in the Premier League standings.
Last place Hull City managed to keep Man City in a deadlock for the first half of the game.
After a 72nd-minute penalty won by Raheem Sterling, Yaya Toure finally got the visitors on the scoreboard. Substitute Kelechi Iheanacho then capped the victory six minutes later with a second strike.
An own goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time by Curtis Davies finished off the game.
Manchester City will meet Liverpool on New Year’s Eve.
Up and Down
And now, here you have in our section ‘‘Up & Down’‘ the Boxing Day’s protagonists. Who did deserve a place in it?
Arsenal has won 1-0 against West Bromwich thanks to a late header by Olivier Giroud.
With the victory they became just the second club to reach 300 home wins in the Premier League after Manchester United.
Arsenal are tied at 37 points with Liverpool, which plays on Tuesday.
UP Manchester United
Manchester United continue their unbeaten run to 11 games with a 3-1 home win over Sunderland. It also marks their fourth consecutive win.
Daley Blind got the Red Devils on the board in the 39th minute.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic also scored and set up the third for goal for Henrik Mkhitaryan.
DOWN Leicester City
The Premier League defending champions are struggling more and more. Beaten at home by Everton 0-2, this makes it their 9th loss of season. They occupy the 16th position, just 3 points away from relegation.
Kevin Mirallas and Romelu Lukaku scored breakaway goals for Everton.
We Might Be Wrong
Next weekend as well only the Premier League’s players are going to take the field. Here you have our predictions for the most interesting matches scheduled. Send us yours, on the social networks, through the hashtag #TheCornerScores.
Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City
Chelsea 2-0 Stoke
Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace
Let’s close this episode with Juventus’ wishes, who under the Christmas tree, this year couldn’t find the gift they were expecting, after losing the Italian SuperCup on Friday in Doha, won by Milan.
With these images we say goodbye to you and see you as usual next Monday. Happy Holidays!