EPL is ready for Boxing Day showdown
We are heading to matchday 19 on Boxing day where the top English teams will be hoping to get a result on a post Christmas day celebration. Souvenirs from the Xmas celebration will be welcomed though.
Frank Lampard is pleased with his team after a bright performance at the White Hart Lane last week but are still willing to keep tha momentum going as they host Southampton on thursday at Stamford Bridge. Southampton suffered a 4-1 defeat in the first leg at St Mary’s Stadium back in October where they couldn’t be a match for the Europa League champions.
Jose Mourinho’s men will open the Boxing Day showdown after a painful 0-2 defeat to Chelsea at the White Hart Lane. Tottenham hotspur was not at their best and Jose Mourinho admitted that the team deserved to loose the match. Jose Mourinho’s side will give Graham Potter’s men a warm reception at the White Hart Lane on thursday where they will be a fierce battle between Tottenham and Brighton which a must win will be needed for Tottenham in other to keep the top four hope alive though Son will be absent in the showdown. The first leg was a disaster for Tottenham at the Falmer Stadium (3-0 defeat) when Pochettino was still incharge of the team.
Manchester United still struggles with this young team as they lack creativity in the previous visit to last placed Watford at the Vicarage Road where De Gea’s blunder made the visitor looked helpless in a 2-0 defeat at Watford. There’s still a question mark in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future despite his long term building project with the squad. Manchester United will be welcoming Newcastle United at the Old Trafford Stadium on thursday. Steve Bruce’s men was outstanding in the first leg where Matty Longstaff scored the only goal against the Red Devils back in October 2019. Solskjaer’s men will need a win to keep their top four hopes alive.
Ancelotti will take charge in his first game against Burnley on thursday. The Italian was appointed last week where they faced Arsenal in a goaless draw, Duncan Ferguson was still the caretaker at the club making Ancelotti to watch from the stands. Sean Dyche’s side will be hoping to upset Everton at the Goodison Park with the first leg ending in a 1-0 win for Burnley where Jeff Hendrick goal caused more harm than good for Marco Silva before he was fired by the Everton’s board. Must win is needed for Carlo Ancelotti’s side after he promised the toffees a beautiful football at the club.
Mikel Arteta is back at Arsenal and major changes will be expected in the club’s philosophy. Mikel Arteta who was an assistant to Pep Guardiola has taken a bold step in getting the bigger role at Arsenal. Struggling Bournemouth will host Arsenal on thursday as Eddie Howe’s future is still at stake in the Vitality Stadium. Arsenal will be needing a win for a new chapter to begin with their new manager.
Pep Guardiola’s team are still battling with consistency though they won against second placed Leicester last week by 3 goals to 1. They will need to continue that winning run in other to close the gap when they travel to the Molineux Stadium for a fierce fight with the Wolves on Friday. Wolves shocked Manchester City (2-0 defeat) at the Etihad Stadium back in October.
League leaders, Liverpool will travel to the King Power Stadium on thursday after conquering Flamengo in their first ever Club World Cup win at the Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar. Liverpool is set to extend the league lead against second placed Leicester City though with a game in hand. Their first leg tie was tough at Anfield Stadium where Liverpool managed to get last minute penalty to hand the visitor a 2-1 defeat back in october.
In summary, this is the Boxing Day match in full:
Tottenham vs Brighton, Time: 1:30pm CAT, Venue: White Hart Lane
Aston Villa vs Norwich, Time: 4pm CAT, Venue: Villa Park
Bournemouth vs Arsenal, Time: 4pm CAT, Venue: Vitality Stadium
Chelsea vs Southampton, Time: 4pm CAT, Venue: Stamford Bridge
Crystal Palace vs West Ham, Time: 4pm CAT, Venue: Selhurst Park Stadium
Everton vs Burnley, Time: 4pm CAT, Venue: Goodison Park
Sheffield United vs Watford, Time: 4pm CAT, Venue: Bramall Lane
Manchester United vs Newcastle United, Time: 6:30pm CAT, Venue: Old Trafford
Leicester City vs Liverpool, Time: 9pm CAT, Venue: King Power Stadium
Wolves vs Manchester City, Time: 8:45pm CAT. Venue: Molineux Stadium, Date: 27th December, 2019