Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Highs and Lows of EPL Week 18 Boxing Day & New Year

The busy Christmas period is here. LvG may not have a merry Xmas as he sweats over the visit to Brittania Stadium to play Stoke. He walked out of the press conference ahead of the Boxing Day match, within 5 minutes, furious at the numerous reports of his managerial demise.

Boxing Day 2015
After the 4th consecutive defeat at Stoke (0-2), LvG hinted that he might resign rather than wait for the sack. Never happened to the Red Devils since 1961. The noose is not tightening around his neck and he has no time to breathe with Chelsea at home next in the tight end of the year programme on Monday.

Helpless LvG during loss to Stoke

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Arsenal were thrashed 4-0 by the under-performing Saints at St Mary's, denying them a chance to go top since Leicester lost 1-0 to Liverpool. Just when Wenger side looked promising, they faltered once again. It was their worst performance in contrast to their beating Man City last week.
The Foxes lost for the first time, to Liverpool 1-0, in 4 months but stayed top.
Hiddink drew in his first match in charge, 2-2 against Watford.

29 December
Though the performance improved, the Red Devils still cannot find the net in the 0-0 draw with Chelsea ending a run of 4 defeats in a row. It is now 8 games without a win. Against all speculation, LvG is still with the Devils and will not quit.

Arsenal's inconsistent performances continues as they recovered from Soton thrashing to beat Bournemouth 2-0 to go top temporarily before the Leicester - Man City match. The late match ended goalless which meant that Leicester is joint-leader going into the new year. Last season, they were at the bottom of the table!
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Missed chances in Man City-Leicester draw

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