Well, well, well. Looks like Santa had a sack of cracking presents left over for Boxing Day. The Premier League had one of it’s most interesting weekends. Oh and guess kept up their record-breaking winning streak? Seriously, guess, I don’t want to keep writing about Manchester City.
What a weekend. Harry Kane beat Messi, Ronaldo and Lewandowski to become Europe’s top scorer in 2017 as Tottenham hammered Southampton. Yes the phrase ‘record-breaker’ will be used a lot. Liverpool were in similar form. The Red’s kept Swansea anchored to the foot of the league table.
Chelsea returned to form after they cruised past Brighton. Watford ended their five-game winless streak at Leicester whilst big Sam kept up Everton’s unbeaten, clean sheet ridden run against West Brom. Arsenal beat The Eagles in a five-goal thriller at Selhurst Park.
Oh and there was some drama at Old Trafford… and in Bournemouth? Who knew.
Game of the weekend: Tottenham 5 Southampton 2.
Tottenham have been in fine form of late. They managed to completely bury the ‘wembley hoodoo’ with successive home wins but even for them this was a thunderous performance.
Harry Kane grabbed a brace before half-time, settling the record breakers early before Dele Alli stroked in a lovely curling shot before 50 minutes.
Alli put on a great performance, reminiscent of last season but the headlines were all Harry’s as he latched onto the end of Dele’s ball to chip Forster and grab his third of the day. Simply stunning.
Southampton staged a fightback of sorts but they were lucky at best on the front foot and wide open in defence.
Losers of the week: Swansea.
Like Manchester City, Liverpool have harnessed an impressive attacking power, shredding through defences and popping in goals for fun.
The monstrous trio of Coutinho, Salah, and Firmino were at it again on Boxing day, grabbing three goals and three assists between them as the Swans were routed.
The Welsh team were facing, arguably, the Premier League’s best attacking force but they failed to test the dodgy Red’s defence.
They have so little to offer in attack and not much more in defence. With Bony and young Abraham their only goal threat, they would be a safe bet to go down.
Controversial Calamity: Wilsons Magic Touch.
After a fantastic game which saw West Ham United come back twice through Arnautovic and Collins (ginger Pele apparently), a controversial last-minute goal levelled things up for Bournemouth making it three-all.
Callum Wilson looked to have flicked Nathan Ake’s header into the goal from an offside position. After a long conversation, a cup of tea and some monopoly, referee Stuart Atwell and the linesmen gave the goal.
When asked about his touch on Match of the Day Wilson simply laughed and called it “a touch of magic”.
Hand of god stuff that.
Mighty minnows: Burnley (again).
Look if Burnley get a good result they’re going to get mentioned in this category ok?
A scrambled Barnes finished followed by a beautiful Defour free-kick gave The Clarets a fairy tale lead at Old Trafford. Beating De Gea from a free-kick; that has to be a record right?
Unfortunately for them Jessie Lingard was able to take advantage of loose balls and drag United level in the final minute.
Burnley remain solidly in seventh place.