After what feels like a game a day for the past couple weeks, the EPL will take a post New Year’s break as its teams prep to enter the FA Cup this weekend. But each club had one more game to get through.
New Year’s Day
The New Year’s Day fixtures kicked off the first matches of the year. Leicester pulled into 7th with a 1-0 win at Everton. Before the festive period, The Toffees sat 6th in the table. After losing to Leicester they’ve dropped to 11th, and are only one point ahead of 13th, though have a superior goal differential. Jamie Vardy was played through after a defensive gaffe in the 58th, and fired home giving The Foxes a narrow lead and the eventual victory. This goal was the first in Europe in 2019. What did we learn? Play Vardy.
Arsenal hosted Fulham in a tale of two halves. Granit Xhaka gave the goons a 1-0 in the 25th, but that’s all they could muster until halftime. Ryan Sessegnon continued to prove he’s a youngster with talent, getting through with a couple of first half opportunities. With Fulham sitting 19th, he could be a candidate to move elsewhere in the January window. Though I’m sure The Cottagers would prefer he stays to help them stave off relegation. Lacazette, Ramsey, and Aubameyang also rang in the new year with a goal a piece to help the home side to a 4-1 win.
Spurs traveled to Cardiff, where they needed to shake off a disappointing result against Wolves over the weekend. They were able to do just that, with Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, and Heung-min Son all grabbing goals in the first 25 minutes. Tottenham shifted to cruise control and finished out the trip to Wales with a 3-0 result.
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