As always there were plenty of goals around the Premier League this Christmas, although quite a few teams made their spectators wait! Chelsea continued their dominance with a 3-0 win at home to Bournemouth, with yet another clean sheet and goals by Pedro, Hazard and Cook (OG), they will start 2017 clear at the top. Man City kept up the pressure at the top travelling to struggling Hull. With the game scoreless at half time, City scored 3 in the last twenty minutes through Y Toure, Iheanacho and Davies (OG), to take the points and leave Hull on the bottom. Arsenal also left it late to return to winning ways with an 86 min goal to Giroud, giving them the 1-0 win at home to West Bromwich, that sees them staying within reach of the top.
Manchester United took their Premiership winning streak to 4, with a solid performance beating a struggling Sunderland 3-1 at Old Trafford. With only a first half goal from Blind separating them with 10 mins to go, Ibrachimovic continued his impressive form to net the 2nd, and then lay on the assist for Mkhitaryan to score a contender for goal of the season. Only an injury time goal by Borini gave Sunderland some consolation. Next up, Everton travelled to reigning champions Leicester, with goals by Mirallas and Lukaku giving them a comfortable victory. In the only draw of the day, Crystal Palace travelled to Watford for Sam Allardyce’s return to management. Crystal Palace took the lead in the 1st half through Cabaye, but a Deeney penalty on 71 mins saw the game finish 1-1. The biggest scorers of the day were West Ham with a dominant 1-4 victory of basement team Swansea, while Burnley picked up the much needed points with a 1-0 win at home to Middlesbrough.
With Boxing Day off, Liverpool jumped back up to 2nd in the Premier League, with a 4-1 thrashing of Stoke on Tuesday night. Walters opened up the scoring for Stoke, but goals by Lallana and Firmino in the first half, an Imbula (OG), and Sturridge scoring in the 2nd half gave them the points and kept Chelsea within their sights.