A day before the New Year in Premier league on schedule it was 19th round set for play. Antonio Conte’s men have stretched their winning run, the Red Devils left the best for the end, while the reigning champion, Leicester City celebrated a minimum 1-0 win against West Ham United and ended the Hammers mini winning run.
Chelsea 4-2 Stoke City
Chelsea continue with domination in the Premier League. Antonio Conte’s men in the 19th round celebrated with 4-2 against the Potters and tied the 13th straight win run record of Arsenal from the 2001-02 season. Twice the Blues had a lead, but Stoke City both times managed to level the score. Cahill opened the scoring at the Stamford Bridge in the 34th minute. Martins Indi already in the first minute of the second half scored for 1-1. Willian in the 57th minute brought the Blues back into a lead which Crouch eight minutes later again cancelled. Chelsea responded fast and well over Willian who on Fabregas’ assist scored only a minute later to bring the Blues once more into a lead. In the 85th minute, the Spanish striker, Diego Costa sealed the final 4-2 win,
The team from Stamford Bridge has achieved 100 percent victory in August, October, November and December.
“Well done to my guys. Amazing 13 consecutive wins in this league is a real venture. Stoke City with their long balls to Peter Crouch was making problems for us, but we showed that we can adapt to different styles. We’re going to celebrate the New Year, and get ready for Tottenham ‘ said Conte after the game.
— Chelsea GIFs (@ChelseaGIFs) December 31, 2016
Chelsea on January 4 will play away Tottenham and if the Blues win that game they will write a new history of English football.
Manchester United 2-1 Middlesbrough
After a goalless first half, fans could see three goals in the second half. Leadbitter in the 67th minute put the Red Devils into problems after scoring for Middlesbrough’s lead. When it seemed like an upset at the Old Trafford will happen, Jose Mourinho’s men in just two minutes have scored two goals and thus pulled late comeback win. Martial in the 85th minute scored an equalizer while Paul Pogba only a minute later with header has settled the final 2-1 score.
Leicester City 1-0 West Ham United
In one interesting game, stats regarding, the Foxes who were for 3 rounds without a win, hosted the Hammers who were in a mini 3 winning run. Slimani scored the only goal of the match in the 20th minute on Marc Albrighton cross from the right side. Until the end, Slaven Bilic’s side was a better team on the pitch, and while both teams have had their chances to score the result remained the same. With new three points, Leicester jumped to the 15th place.
Liverpool 1-0 Manchester City
In the last game on the New Year Eve, Liverpool enrolled minimum 1-0 derby win against Manchester City. Up to thirteen years, Manchester City have not won at Anfield, and the Citizens will look for another chance. From the first minute, the Reds were in attack mode, and the same pay off already in the 8th minute when Lallana from the left has sent the ball which Wijnaldum fired into the net. An important early goal proved to be and the only goal of the match with which Jurgen Klopp’s men kept the pace with the league toppers, and remain on second, having six points less, while the third place Man City is 10 points behind.
On January 2, Liverpool will play at Sunderland while Man City will host Burnley at the Eithad.
In the rest games, Burnley with 4-1 smashed Sunderland, Southampton lost at home to WBA 1-2, while the Swans suffered another home defeat. Bournemouth celebrated with 3-0.
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