Premier League Results: Analysis for Man City vs. Liverpool, and All the Matches

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterDecember 26, 2013

Premier League Results: Analysis for Man City vs. Liverpool, and All the Matches

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    There was a full Boxing Day programme for the Premier League on Thursday.

    The big game of the day was at the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City played host to Liverpool.

    Manchester United made the trip across the Pennines to Hull City, while West Ham played host to Arsenal.

    Elsewhere, Chelsea were at home to Swansea City, and Sunderland travelled to Everton.


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Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool

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    B/R's Michael Cummings will provide us with the post-match reaction, which you can also read here.

    Manchester City moved up to second place with a comeback 2-1 victory at home to Liverpool.

    Vincent Kompany and Alvaro Negredo scored first-half goals for City to cancel out Philippe Coutinho's opener for Liverpool. The visitors had another goal ruled out incorrectly in the first half for offside.

    The victory was City's ninth in as many home matches this season. Manuel Pellegrini's side have 38 points, one fewer than leaders Arsenal. Liverpool, who entered the day atop the table, are now fourth with 36 points. 

    In the 20th minute, Liverpool's Raheem Sterling put the ball in the net after slipping behind City's defense. The linesman ruled Sterling offside, however, and the goal was ruled out. Replays showed the linesman's decision was incorrect.

    The flag stayed down four minutes later as Luis Suarez flicked on a pass to free Sterling inside City's box. Sterling took the ball around the onrushing Joe Hart and left it for Coutinho, who finished from a tight angle to put Liverpool up 1-0.

    It was only the second time all season City had trailed at the Etihad. The previous time, after falling behind Everton in October, the Blues won 3-1. Just like in that match, the hosts' deficit didn't last long.

    In the 31st minute, David Silva swung in a corner from the left. Vincent Kompany beat Martin Skrtel and nodded a bouncing header into the goal to make it 1-1.

    City scored a second in first-half stoppage time, catching Liverpool on a quick counter. Navas picked out Negredo with a cross-field pass, and Negredo finished with the outside of his left foot. Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet got a touch, but only enough to see the ball bounce into the net. 


    Shots: 20-12

    On target: 6-5

    Passing: 88%-88%

    Possession: 52%-48%

Chelsea 1-0 Swansea City

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    Eden Hazard scored the only goal of the game as nervy Chelsea secured victory over Swansea City at Stamford Bridge.

    The Belgium international showed a rare flash of skill in a disappointing 90 minutes when he cut inside from the left before firing low beyond Gerhard Tremmel in the Swansea goal in the 29th minute.

    But the Blues struggled to finish the game against an uninventive Swansea team, and Samuel Eto'o and Ramires were both guilty of squandering chances to score.

    Swansea failed to trouble the home defence, but Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will recognise an improvement in finishing will be needed when Liverpool visit on Sunday.

    Shots: 19-8

    On target: 7-1

    Passing: 74%-80%

    Possession: 45%-55%

Hull City 2-3 Manchester United

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    James Chester turned from hero to villain for Hull City, as Manchester United came from two early goals down to claim a thrilling 3-2 win at the KC Stadium.

    The Hull man scored the opener for the Tigers when he poked one home in the fourth minute, before David Meyler added a second with the help of a Jonny Evans deflection in the 13th minute.

    Chris Smalling rose highest in the area six minutes later to claw a goal back for Manchester United.

    And Wayne Rooney struck an excellent 26th-minute equaliser to claim his 150th Premier League goal for United.

    Then in the 66th minute, former United player Chester headed an Ashley Young cross beyond his own goalkeeper, Steve Harper, to give David Moyes' team the advantage.

    United held on for the three points, but winger Antonio Valencia was dismissed in the 90th minute for needlessly kicking the ball away and receiving a second yellow card.

    Shots: 17-13

    On target: 5-4

    Passing: 75%-86%

    Possession: 39%-61%

Everton 0-1 Sunderland

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    Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard was sent off as the Blues crashed to a shock 1-0 home defeat to Sunderland.

    The United States international was shown a straight red card in the 23rd minute for bringing down Black Cats striker Ki Sung-Yueng inside the area in a last-man challenge.

    Howard was replaced by Joel Robles as Everton sacrificed Leon Osman, and Ki stroked the penalty home beyond the substitute goalkeeper.

    However, the Goodison Park side were also denied by in-form Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone, who made fabulous saves from Phil Jagielka and Romelu Lukaku.

    Shots: 26-13

    On target: 9-6

    Passing: 88%-83%

    Possession: 55%-45%

Cardiff City 0-3 Southampton

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    Jay Rodriguez scored twice as Southampton claimed a 3-0 win at Cardiff City to heap more pressure on Malky Mackay.

    After the recent fall-out between Mackay and club owner Vincent Tan, the Welsh club were looking for a good Boxing Day display after demonstrations against the Cardiff owner before the game.

    But Rodriguez scored twice in the opening 20 minutes to leave the Cardiff City Stadium feeling flat.

    Rickie Lambert added a third in the 27th minute when he chested down a Rodriguez ball to fire home.

    Shots: 9-11

    On target: 0-6

    Passing: 67%-81%

    Possession: 40%-60%

Aston Villa 0-1 Crystal Palace

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    Dwight Gayle scored an injury-time winner against Aston Villa to fire Crystal Palace out of the relegation zone.

    The Eagles had been the better side in the second period after a disappointing first half at Villa Park.

    But Palace were denied by two brilliant Brad Guzan stops from Barry Bannan and Jason Puncheon.

    In the 92nd minute, though, Gayle took the ball from the halfway line before firing home from 22 yards out to seal the points for Palace.

    Shots: 10-12

    On target: 4-7

    Passing: 77%-63%

    Possession: 65%-35%

West Ham United 1-3 Arsenal

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    Theo Walcott scored twice and substitute Lukas Podolski added a goal and an assist as Arsenal came from behind to win 3-1 at West Ham.

    After a scoreless first half in which Arsenal missed multiple chances, West Ham took the lead in the 46th minute through Carlton Cole. Wojciech Szczesny saved West Ham's initial shot but spilled the rebound to Cole, who finished easily.

    Arsenal drew level via another goalkeeping error as West Ham's Adrian failed to keep out Walcott's simple shot in the 68th minute. Walcott then headed Arsenal ahead—from Podolski's cross—in the 71st minute.

    Podolski, who returned from injury and made his first league appearance since August, sealed the points in the 79th minute, finishing with his left foot after good hold-up play by Olivier Giroud.

    The win sent Arsenal back to the top of the table, pending the result between Manchester City and Liverpool. West Ham are now 19th.


    Shots: 12-29

    On target: 5-8

    Passing: 69%-84%

    Possession: 34%-66%

Newcastle United 5-1 Stoke City

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    Newcastle United came from a goal behind to beat nine-man Stoke City 5-1 at St. James' Park.

    Stoke went ahead in the 29th minute through Oussama Assaida, but their fortunes worsened from there.

    Glenn Whelan drew a red card in the 40th minute after receiving his second booking. Three minutes later, Marc Wilson was sent off as well after conceding a foul—and a penalty—in the box. Wilson was deemed the last defender and shown the red card.

    Stoke manager Mark Hughes was also sent to the stands for dissent. 

    Loic Remy missed the penalty but converted the rebound to bring Newcastle level at half-time. Newcastle then dominated with a two-man advantage after the break. Yoan Gouffran (48'), Remy (56'), Yohan Cabaye (66') and Papiss Demba Cisse (penalty 80') scored the goals.

    Newcastle, who have won three of their last four league matches, are sixth with 33 points. Stoke are 10th with 21 points.


    Shots: 27-11

    On target: 8-3

    Passing: 90%-80%

    Possession: 58%-42%

Tottenham Hotspur West Bromwich Albion

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    Tim Sherwood led Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-1 home draw against West Bromwich Albion in his first full match in charge.

    Spurs this week gave Sherwood a contract to manage the team through the 2014-15 season. He replaced Andre Villas-Boas, who was sacked following a 5-0 home loss to Liverpool earlier this month.

    Christian Eriksen put Spurs ahead in the 36th minute, but West Brom equalised two minutes later following an error by Tottenham's Emmanuel Adebayor.

    Spurs are eighth with 31 points. West Brom are 15th with 17 points.


    Shots: 20-7

    On target: 3-4

    Passing: 81%-68%

    Possession: 64%-36%

Norwich City 1-2 Fulham

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    Scott Parker scored in the 87th minute to give Fulham a valuable 2-1 victory at Norwich City.

    Gary Hooper had put Norwich ahead with a deflected shot in the 13th minute, but Pajtim Kasami equalised for Fulham 20 minutes later.

    Three minutes from time, Parker collected the ball outside the box, created space for himself and drilled his shot into the net from distance.

    The result took Fulham into 18th place on 16 points, the same as Crystal Palace but behind the Eagles on goal differential. Norwich are 14th with 19 points.


    Shots: 12-15

    On target: 3-7

    Passing: 72%-79%

    Possession: 51%-49%

Boxing Day Fixtures

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