The week eighteen (18) of the English Premier League saw Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal all pickup victories to keep up the chase on league leaders, Chelsea who remain six points clear on top of the league table.
With the Christmas festivities nearly over, the week began on Boxing Day with Watford hosting Crystal Palace who were playing their first match under new manager, Sam Allardyce. Both sides were unable to find the winning mentality as they shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw.
Arsenal hosted a strong West Bromwich Albion at the ‘Emirates’ and had to dig deep to pick up a 1-0 victory. Olivier Giroud with the winning goal for the Gunners in the 87th-minute.
Burnley and Middlesbrough locked horns at the ‘Turf Moor’ with Burnley picking up yet another home victory in a 1-0 win over Boro.
League leaders, Chelsea were looking for their twelfth straight win of the season when they welcomed AFC Bournemouth to the Stamford Bridge and they duly delivered with a 3-0 mauling of Eddie Howe's side.
Defending Champions, Leicester City had been stuttering all season and were looking to pick up a much-needed victory when they hosted an inconsistent Everton side at the King Power Stadium but a lethargic display from the defending champions ensured Everton would run out 2-0 winners. Kevin Mirallas and Romelu Lukaku with the goals for Everton.
Manchester United were on a roll after picking up three straight wins and made it four wins from four as they knocked off relegation-bound Sunderland at the Old Trafford. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mhikitaryan and Daley blind with the goals for United in their 3-1 victory over the Black Cats.
Lethargic Swansea City hosted West Ham United at the Liberty Stadium and were on the receiving end of a 4-1 thrashing by Slaven Bilic's side who had now won three from three.
Relegation-bound Hull City were up against Manchester City at the KCom Stadium in a match which the home side needed at least a draw but City had other ideas as they stomped on their opponents and ran out 3-0 winners.
On Tuesday, Liverpool were looking to close the gap on league leaders Chelsea when they welcomed Stoke City to Anfield and duly delivered as they ran out comfortable 4-1 winners after overturning a one-goal deficit.
On Wednesday, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspurs locked horns at the St. Mary's stadium in the last game of week eighteen with Spurs running out 4-1 winners over the Saints who had taken an early lead. Dele Alli with a brace for Spurs.
Monday, 26th December 2016
Watford 1 vs 1 Crystal Palace
Arsenal 1 vs 0 West Bromwich Albion
Burnley 1 vs 0 Middlesbrough
Chelsea 3 vs 0 Bournemouth
Leicester City 0 vs 2 Everton
Manchester United 3 vs 1 Sunderland
Swansea City 1 vs 4 West Ham United
Hull City 0 vs 3 Manchester City
Tuesday, 27th December 2016
Liverpool 4 vs 1 Stoke City
Wednesday, 28th December 2016
Southampton 1 vs 4 Tottenham Hotspurs