A total of 28 goals were scored in this years’ Premier League Boxing Day fixtures.
Games at the Etihad, Carrow Road and London Olympic Stadium all saw loads of goals with the least scoring game being a 2-0 result for Brighton at Amex Stadium.
League leaders Manchester City continue their rollercoaster ride aloft the standings as they cruised to a 6-3 victory over hard-fighting Leicester City.
Super Eagles striker Kelechi Iheanacho led a 10-minute second half Calvary for the Foxes who netted three times in 10 minutes to spark a contest but wasn’t enough to salvage anything for Rodgers’ men who had earlier disappeared out of sight having shipped in four goals in the first half. City added two more to round up the rout.
The Citizens have now gone six points clear of second placed Liverpool who didn’t play this weekend after their fixture got postponed due to Covid.
Villa Park witnessed the full return of Romelu Lukaku who came on at halftime and got a goal as well as an assist as Cheslea march on to a 3-1 victory over Steven Gerrard’s hard-fighting Villa. Chelsea are still third but only goals difference separate them from Liverpool.
Arsenal shared not gifts but goals on boxing day as they out five past hapless Norwich. It was Arteta’s 2nd year as Arsenal’s manager anniversary. A major highlight was Bukayo Saka who scored from the edge of the box.
The High-flying gunners have netted 19 goals, scored 5 goals in successive games, are six points clear in fourth place, a feat they owe much to their youngsters as 52% of their PL goals have been netted by players aged 21 and below.
Two games also went down in London as Tottenham Hotspurs thumped fellow Londoners 3-0. The game saw Harry Kane continue his newly found scoring form as the Englishman netted his side’s opener having scored their opener last weekend against Liverpool.
It wasn’t the same story for another London side Westham as they crashed 2-3 to Southampton at the London Olympic Stadium. David Moyes’ side who were in the top 4 for a while and nursing hopes of making the Champions League now have their work cut out for them as they’re currently placed sixth (although they have a game to spare) with their last win being against Chelsea.
Brighton completed action with a 2-0 home victory over another London side Brentford.
The top scoring Boxing day fixture took place in 1963 where a record 66 goals were scored on that day.