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7 - QPR 2014-15 are only the 7th instance since 1900 of a top-flight team reaching Christmas without getting a point away from home. Rare.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 26, 2014
Less than a minute in, Alexis Sanchez does his best impression of Dennis Bergkamp with some superb control down the right before his resulting cross is hooked clear by Rio Ferdinand.
Righteo. Time to switch attention to the 17:30 GMT kick-off...
Starting XI: Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs, Flamini, Cazorla, Rosicky, Alexis, Giroud, Welbeck.
Subs: Ospina, Chambers, Bellerin, Coquelin, Walcott, Podolski, Campbell.
Alex Moretto reports: “The visitors pick up a deserved three points, ending a 10-game winless run in the Premier League. They show great resiliency to battle back after falling behind in the first minute, and this could be the character win they needed to get their season back on track.”
Match Report: Sunderland 1-3 Hull
Keeghann Sinanan reports: “Southampton are heading back into the top four. A supremely professional performance from the visitors, who never looked back after that 17th minute opener from the impressive Mane. Bertrand and Alderweireld did the further damage, rendering Dann's late goal nothing but a consolation.”
Match Report: Crystal Palace 1-3 Southampton
Ryan Benson reports: “A hard-fought victory for Pochettino's Spurs. The London club were made to battle for all three points here, with the hosts dominating most of the second half and spurning several opportunities. Leicester’s winless run continues and they remain rock-bottom of the Premier League, even if there were some positives to take.”
Match Report: Leicester 1-2 Tottenham
4 - Stoke have now beaten four of 2013-14's top six this season, but have failed to beat all three promoted sides. Potty.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 26, 2014
Simon Harrison reports: “Stoke take a much-needed three points from Goodison Park, courtesy of a fantastic defensive performance which gives them a rare clean sheet. A penalty from Bojan proved to be enough for Hughes' men, with Everton continuing to really struggle in the Premier League.”
Match Report: Everton 0-1 Stoke
He tells BT Sport: “The last game against Aston Villa he was too much of a defensive midfielder and I wanted more an attacking midfielder because he can score goals, and he has proven that today... We make progress every game but we are also doing very bad things in every game and we have to improve that. I am satisfied because we are dominating most of the games that we have played this season, not always winning but that is coming... Very bad results [elsewhere] for us!”
Gary Maiden reports: “An easy afternoon for Manchester City who head back along the M6 with a comfortable three points after a brilliant first-half display. Joe Hart’s late error provided a consolation for West Brom but the visitors keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea after their earlier victory.”
Match Report: West Brom 1-3 Manchester City
Paul Macdonald reports: “Raheem Sterling's goal just after the hour mark was far and away the best moment of the match, and they were hardly pressured throughout the contest. The home side may look at occasions like this when the relegation reckoning arrives in May, while Rodgers will be pleased with a routine victory that puts them back in the hunt for the top four spots.”
Match Report: Burnley 0-1 Liverpool
Manchester United matchwinner Wayne Rooney to BT Sport: “Obviously happy to win the game, it's a busy period over Christmas and we wanted to start with a win. It was a good performance, we're disappointed to concede at the end but it was good overall.”
50 - Manchester United are the first team in English top-flight history to win 50 games on December 26. Celebration.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 26, 2014
Peter Staunton reports: “Three more points in the bag for Manchester United. It finished 3-1 after a late penalty from Papiss Cisse but this was a performance to be admired from the hosts. Rooney scored two and set up another to keep United safely ensconced in that third Champions League place.”
8 - Man Utd have conceded 8 PL pens since Alex Ferguson left the club; they conceded just 3 in his final 2 campaigns in charge. Adjustment.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 26, 2014
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