Premier League MW 18
Everton 0 vs. 0 Arsenal
With Ancelotti and Arteta in the stands for their respective clubs the players on the pitch showed no drive to prove that they deserved to play as both teams were lethargic. Everton fielded a strong team while Arsenal went with youth but players on either side failed to justify their selection. Everton are 15th in the table at Christmas while Arsenal celebrate Christmas in 11th dropping a few places.
Aston Villa 1 vs. 3 Southampton
Big win for Southampton in the race to avoid relegation as Southampton dispatched of Aston Villa. Ings, and Stephens scored goals in the 1st half for Southampton and Ings added a 3rd to continue his great form in the 2nd half. Villa got one back through Grealish late on but that was it. Villa drop into the relegation zone as they move 18th while Southampton move out and into 17th 3 points clear of the relegation zone. Hassenhutl is patching some form together as Dean is coming under pressure now.
Bournemouth 0 vs. 1 Burnley
Jay Rodriguez scored an 89th minute winner to get Burnley 3 massive points as they moved into 10th with the win. Bournemouth return to losing as they remain 14th in the table with Eddie Howe under pressure.
Brighton 0 vs. 1 Sheffield United
McBurnie scored the only goal of the game for Sheffield in the 23rd minute as the Blades picked up three points on a weekend when teams around them dropped points. The win means that Wilder and his team move into 5th and 4 points behind Chelsea while Brighton remain 13th but end their decent run of picking up points.
Newcastle 1 vs. 0 Crystal Palace
Almiron scored his first Newcastle United goal in the 83rd minute as the Magpies beat Palace to pick up three points and move into the top 10 on Christmas. Steve Bruce has really rallied his team and now sit 3 points from 5th going into Boxing day. Palace have followed the opposite trajectory as they reach Christmas 12th in the table dropping out of the top 10.
Norwich 1 vs. 2 Wolverhampton
Norwich just cant win games as they drop points form a winning position once again this season. Cantwell got Norwich the lead in the 17th minute but goals from Saiss and Jimenez in the 2nd half meant that Wolves came back to steal 3 points. Norwich remain 19th and now level on points with Watford while Wolves climb up to 6th a point behind Sheffield.
Man City 3 vs. 1 Leicester
City had to win to keep even a glimmer of hope on their side and they came back from a goal down to win. Vardy got Leicester the lead in the 22nd minute via a brilliant goal but Mahrez equalised in the 30th minute. Gundogan got a lead in the 43rd minute via the penalty spot and Jesus added a 3rd in the 2nd half. City go to within a point of Leicester but remain 3rd while Leicester stay 2nd. Liverpool did not play but with their game in hand they could go 13 points clear. Leicester’s big issue remains playing the top 6 teams and winning.
Watford 2 vs. 0 Man United
Watford scored two goals within 5 minutes in the 2nd half as Sarr scored in the 50th minute thanks to a shocking De Gea error and Deeney then scored a penalty after Wan Bissaka had made a silly challenge. United remain useless against 14 teams in the league but Ole still stays secure in his job as Watford pick up their 2nd win of the season. Watford go level with Norwich but remain bottom of the table while United drop into 8th and now 7 points from the top four.
La Liga MW 18
Sevilla beat Mallorca 0-2, Barcelona beat Alaves 4-1, Atletico beat Real Betis 1-2, and Real drew with Bilbao 0-0. Not a great weekend for for Real who remain 2nd but are now 2 points behind Barcelona who move clear at the top for the Winter break. Sevilla are still 3rd but now 4 points behind Real Madrid and Atletico are 4th 2 points behind Sevilla. Holiday break for La Liga as Barcelona are the winter champions.
Serie A MW 17
Juventus beat Sampdoria 1-2, Roma beat Fiorentina 1-4, Inter beat Genoa 4-0, Atalanta thrashed Milan 5-0 in a sad performance from the once great team, and Napoli got their first win under Gattuso 1-2. Inter and Juventus tied at the top while Lazio and Roma make up the top four. Napoli are 8th while Milan are now 11th. The league takes a break now for Christmas and New Years as Inter and Juventus share the spoils.
Bundesliga MW 17
Hoffenheim beat Dortmund after being a goal down 2-1, Leverkusen beat Mainz 0-1, Schalke drew with Freiburg 2-2, Bayern beat Wolfsburg 2-0, Leipzig beat Augsburg 3-1, and Monchengladbach drew with Hertha Berlin 0-0. Leipzig stay at the top with a 2 point lead while Monchengladbach sit 2nd. Bayern and Dortmund make up the top four. The Bundesliga now takes a massive winter break with their next game on the 18th as Leipzig are the winter champions.
Ligue 1 MW 19
Monaco beat Lille 5-1 in a massive win, Marseille beat Nimes 3-1, Lyon drew with Stade Reims, and PSG beat Amiens 4-1. PSG maintain their 7 point lead at the top of the table with a game in hand. Marseille, Rennes, and Lille make up the top four, and Monaco are up to 7th in the table 3 points behind Lille. Ligue 1 now returns on the 11th as PSG maintain their course for another title and Monaco pick up some form heading into the new decade.