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.
And on the second day…
We saw some interesting matches on the second day of the new year.
Bournemouth and Watford played out a thrilling 3-3 first half. I was hoping for a Premier League record for total goals (currently sits at 11), but it the second half saw no goals. Abdoulaye Doucouré was lucky to not be sent off in the first half for a terrible tackle, then again early in the second for what probably should have been his second yellow. This was a chippy match with a ton of opportunities on both sides. I hope folks on the fence about soccer kept an eye on this one.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær continued his winning streak since coming on as interim manager at Manchester United with a 2-0 win over Newcastle. Romelu Lukaku put on a brilliant display while Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, and Paul Pogba continued to shine in the post Mourinho United world.
Chelsea were so excited about bringing in Christian Pulisic this coming summer that they seem to have forgotten that they had a match to play. Southampton sit in the relegation zone and were able to manage a crucial point in a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge. It’s games like that The Blues need to win, particularly with the top three clubs, and Arsenal, trending upward.
Elsewhere, Burnley took all three points at a floundering Huddersfield. Both clubs had a man sent off. West Ham and Brighton drew 2-2, both teams scoring both their goals within 2 minutes of each other.
Wolves came tumbling down from their high from beating Spurs on the weekend, losing to Crystal Palace 2-0. Some Wolves supporters contended that Ayew was offside and their first goal should have been disallowed. However that was thrown out the window once Zaha went down in the box in added time. Was he looking for it? Probably. Was it a penalty? Yes. And Milivojevic slotted it home just before the final whistle.
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