Premier League Boxing Day Fixtures: Manchester City v Liverpool

Manchester City made it nine from nine at home this season in the Premier League with another impressive performance against a strong Liverpool side. There were no Christmas Day hangovers from either side as Liverpool were within shout of a result with a goal disallowed for offside before either side had scored and a goal keeping mistake from Simon Mignolet ultimately being the difference between the sides.

Manuel Pellegrini's side have taken second place in the league and Liverpool have slipped to fourth place as a result of yesterday’s fixture and both played their part in an enthralling encounter at the Etihad Stadium. Rodgers works with a squad that don’t have half the depth Man City do so he was forced to name 19-year old Brad Smith for the match. By contrast City were firing on all cylinders and should be praising their defensive performers, with Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott battling harder than any other players on the field. Still, it was Liverpool who took the lead with a Philippe Coutinho shot that Kompany equalised from a corner. Negredo took his 14th goal of the campaign to seal the win for City.

In other fixtures, league leaders Arsenal came from a goal down to win 3-1 against West Ham thanks to two goals from Theo Walcott and a third from Podolski. Manchester United came from 2 goals down to beat Hull City 3-2. After 13 minutes United were two behind, but a Wayne Rooney free-kick that Chris Smalling finished got them back on track and a 26th minute goal from Rooney levelled the match. An own goal by Hull’s James Chester, a former Man United player, sealed the win for David Moyes men.

  1. Boxing Day Results –
  2. Hull City 2 Man Utd 3
  3. Aston Villa 0 C Palace 1
  4. Cardiff 0 Southampton 3
  5. Chelsea 1 Swansea 0
  6. Everton 0 Sunderland 1
  7. Newcastle 5 Stoke 1
  8. Norwich 1 Fulham 2
  9. Tottenham 1 West Brom 1
  10. West Ham 1 Arsenal 3
  11. Man City 2 Liverpool 1

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