Chelsea, City call the shots on Boxing Day

2014-12-28 15:00

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Manchester City kept the pressure on Chelsea as the Premier League’s top two recorded comfortable wins on a bumper Boxing Day of English football.

The Blues got Friday’s action under way at home to West Ham and put on a typically clinical display. John Terry and Diego Costa got the goals to seal a 2-0 win.

City proved equally effective in their clash at West Brom. Fernando (8), Yaya Touré (pen 13) and David Silva (34) fired the Citizens into a

3-0 first-half lead and Brown Ideye’s 87th-minute spot kick gave the home fans scant consolation on a snowy day at the Hawthorns.

Manchester United strengthened their grip on third spot with a 3-1 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney scored twice and set up Robin van Persie for the third, with Newcastle’s Papiss Cissé converting an 87th-minute penalty.

Southampton hoisted themselves into the top four as they cruised to a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Sadio Mané (17), Ryan Bertrand (48) and Toby Alderweireld (53) all fired home for the Saints, with Scott Dann getting an 86th-minute consolation goal.

Liverpool had Raheem Sterling to thank for the three points away to Burnley as the England international’s 62nd-minute goal proved the difference at Turf Moor.

Tottenham secured a 2-1 win at Leicester to leave themselves two points adrift of fourth. Christian Eriksen’s free kick after 71 minutes earned Spurs the points after Leonardo Ulloa (48) had cancelled out Harry Kane’s early opener.

Swansea kept themselves in contention for a top-four finish as Gylfi Sigurðsson’s 13th-minute goal gave them the win over Aston Villa.

Hull came from behind to see off Sunderland 3-1 at the Stadium of Light. Adam Johnson fired the Black Cats ahead after just 30 seconds, but the Tigers levelled through Gastón Ramírez (32) and James Chester (51) and Nikica Jelavic (90) made sure of the points.

Everton sank worryingly close to the relegation zone as they went down at home to Stoke. Bojan got the winner from the penalty spot.

Arsenal closed out the day with a 2-1 home win over QPR, despite seeing Olivier Giroud sent off in the second stanza. Alexis Sánchez opened the scoring after 37 minutes before setting up a Tomáš Rosický strike (65).

The scene is set for an interesting programme today (see box).

– TEAMtalk Media

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