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Boxing Day Premier League LIVE

  • 4 mins: Manchester City 0 Sunderland 0: Raheem Sterling has scratched the name of Anthony Taylor off next year's Christmas card because the referee has just shown the former Liverpool man a yellow card for simulation after he hit the deck in the penalty area in the vicinity of Billy Jones. Sterling looks bewildered, but that may just be the new beard he is sporting.
    12/26/2015 3:08:31 PM
  • 9 mins: GOAL! SWANSEA 1 WEST BROM 0:

    Struggling Swansea have been in need of a little bit of luck, and it may have just arrived in the form of Ki Sung-Yueng's tap in. Angel Rangel sparked a quiet opening nine minutes with the game's first shot that hit the base of the post, and when the ball bounced off Boaz Myhill's back in the West Brom goal, there was Ki to prod the ball home. Seven Swans are swimming.

    They all count. Apparently. 
    12/26/2015 3:09:14 PM
  • 12 mins: GOAL! MANCHESTER CITY 1 SUNDERLAND 0:

    I conceded a lot of headed goals to Raheem Sterling while playing Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 yesterday, shouting 'unrealistic' at every opportunity. What do I know compared to artificial intelligence? Absolutely nothing it seems because the youngster has just nodded City into the lead following a wonderfully whipped cross from Kevin De Bruyne on the right. This could well be a long afternoon for Sunderland.

    'Unrealistic!' 
    12/26/2015 3:14:08 PM
  • 17 mins: GOAL! MANCHESTER CITY 2 SUNDERLAND 0:

    A very long afternoon indeed! Yaya Toure has made it 2-0 to Manuel Pellegrini's team after receiving David Silva's pass midway inside the Sunderland half. Allowed to waltz his way towards the penalty area, the midfielder cut inside a pathetic Jordi Gomez challenges before firing in a low drive inside Vito Mannone's left-hand post.
    12/26/2015 3:17:39 PM
  • 22 mins: GOAL! MANCHESTER CITY 3 SUNDERLAND 0:

    How long is a long afternoon exactly? It's 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium, and this time it's Wilfried Bony on target. The Ivorian got his head to Kevin De Bruyne's curling free-kick into the area, and his downward effort evaded a hapless Vito Mannone, recalled to the Sunderland team today, to find its way into the bottom corner. I bet the Mackems can't wait for April to come so they can win their traditional three games in a row and somehow stay up against the odds.
    12/26/2015 3:22:24 PM
  • 25 mins: PENALTY! TOTTENHAM 0 NORWICH 0:

    Seconds after Tottenham fans had seen appeals for one penalty waved away by Mike Jones, they are celebrating the award of another. Dele Alli did brilliantly to slip Harry Kane through, and when the striker touched the ball around Norwich goalkeeper Declan Rudd, he was brought crashing to the ground. The ball is on the spot...

    Looks a textbook dive to me. 
    12/26/2015 3:28:12 PM
  • 26 mins: GOAL! TOTTENHAM 1 NORWICH 0:

    ...and Harry Kane dusts himself down before sending Declan Rudd the wrong way to give Spurs the lead!
    12/26/2015 3:28:30 PM
  • 32 mins: GOAL! CHELSEA 1 WATFORD 0:

    Guus Hiddink's second reign at Stamford Bridge is off to a positive start thanks to one of the men arguably responsible for ending the reign of the Dutchman's predecessor. A corner from Willian was headed on by John Terry to Diego Costa, who swivelled under pressure before firing past Heurelho Gomes.
    12/26/2015 3:33:19 PM
  • 37 mins: Liverpool 0 Leicester 0: It's been a bright opening half hour from Liverpool against the league leaders Leicester at Anfield, but the afternoon of one of their brightest players - Divock Origi - is over. The young Belgian has succumbed to injury, and he has been replaced by compatriot Christian Benteke.
    12/26/2015 3:39:49 PM
  • 42 mins: GOAL! TOTTENHAM 2 NORWICH 0:

    Harry Kane has his second of the afternoon to set a new Tottenham record for goals in a calendar year. Once again it was Dele Alli at the heart of it, and when the former Milton Keynes man picked out Kane, the striker dropped his shoulder and planted a shot beyond Declan Rudd and into the bottom corner.


    12/26/2015 3:42:49 PM
  • 41 mins: PENALTY! CHELSEA 1 WATFORD 0:

    Seemingly in control at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have shot themselves in the foot thanks to Nemanja Matic's hand. The masked Serbian waved an unnecessary arm at a Watford corner sent into the box, and Andre Marriner had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Troy Deeney has the chance to score...
    12/26/2015 3:43:15 PM
  • 42 mins: GOAL! CHELSEA 1 WATFORD 1:

    ...and Troy Deeney does score! The Watford captain powered home past Thibaut Courtois from 12 yards, and the in-form Hornets are level at Stamford Bridge just before the break.
    12/26/2015 3:43:33 PM
  • HALF-TIME - TOTTENHAM 2 NORWICH 0:
    12/26/2015 3:47:33 PM
  • HALF-TIME - MANCHESTER CITY 3 SUNDERLAND 0:
    12/26/2015 3:47:53 PM
  • HALF-TIME - CHELSEA 1 WATFORD 1:
    12/26/2015 3:48:08 PM
  • 45+2 mins: GOAL! ASTON VILLA 0 WEST HAM 1:

    Without a goal in the whole of December, Aaron Cresswell has just brought an end to West Ham's drought to heap more misery on Aston Villa's suffering fans. Michail Antonio thumped a crossfield pass over from the right, and there was the left-back, up from the back, to take a touch before drilling past Brad Guzan. West Ham at home this Boxing Day, next year Villa could be welcoming near-neighbours Walsall to Witton.
    12/26/2015 3:48:25 PM
  • HALF-TIME - LIVERPOOL 0 LEICESTER 0:
    12/26/2015 3:49:08 PM
  • HALF-TIME - SWANSEA 1 WEST BROM 0:
    12/26/2015 3:49:37 PM
  • HALF-TIME - BOURNEMOUTH 0 CRYSTAL PALACE 0:
    12/26/2015 3:49:54 PM
  • HALF-TIME - ASTON VILLA 0 WEST HAM 1:
    12/26/2015 3:50:10 PM
  • 12/26/2015 3:57:22 PM
  • SECOND HALF KICK-OFF: The second halves are underway around the country, and every game in the Premier League is finely poised. Except Sunderland's match at Manchester City, that is. The Black Cats may as well pack up and go home.
    12/26/2015 4:03:23 PM
  • 55 mins: GOAL! MANCHESTER CITY 4 SUNDERLAND 0:

    Manchester City have a fourth, and after setting up the first and third, Kevin De Bruyne has a goal of his own. David Silva slipped a ball through the middle to the Belgian, and when he attempted to play a one-two with Wilfried Bony, a Sunderland defender diverted the ball back into his path. De Bruyne kept his cool, and slid a fine finish past Vito Mannone.
    12/26/2015 4:10:42 PM
  • 56 mins: GOAL! CHELSEA 1 WATFORD 2:

    New manager, same old rubbish from the champions! The Chelsea defence were far too accommodating, allowing the in-form Odion Ighalo to work his way towards goal, and when the Nigerian's shot took a deflection, the ball looped beyond Thibaut Courtois to give Watford the lead. That's a 13th of the season for Ighalo, who has netted in each of the last five games.
    12/26/2015 4:14:44 PM
  • 59 mins: GOAL! MANCHESTER CITY 4 SUNDERLAND 1:

    Fabio Borini looks far too happy for a man who has just netted with his side 4-0 down, but nevertheless the Italian has Sunderland off the mark. Lee Cattermole found the forward on the left of the penalty area, and although Joe Hart saved the striker's first effort, Borini reacted to slip the ball in from a tight angle. The start of a miraculous comeback? Nah.

    Erm, you're 4-1 down, Fabio. 
    12/26/2015 4:19:13 PM
  • 63 mins: GOAL! LIVERPOOL 1 LEICESTER 0:

    Substitute Christian Benteke breaks the deadlock at Anfield, and Leicester's unbeaten away record is on the line. Roberto Firmino kept the ball alive after a corner had broken down on the left, and when he lifted the ball back into the box, there was Benteke to plant a sidefooted effort into the corner, in front of a delighted Kop.

    Christian Benteke celebrates the amount of Star Wars: The Force Awakens themed presents he received yesterday.
    12/26/2015 4:21:22 PM
  • 60 mins: PENALTY! ASTON VILLA 0 WEST HAM 1:

    Furious West Ham players are surrounding Mike Dean because the referee has just awarded Aston Villa a controversial penalty and a way back into this match. There appeared to be no contact as Rudy Gestede moved past Angelo Ogbonna, but when the languid forward tripped over his own feet, Dean was quick to point to the spot. This is a big moment in Aston Villa's season...
    12/26/2015 4:21:34 PM
  • 62 mins: GOAL! ASTON VILLA 1 WEST HAM 1:

    ...Jordan Ayew equalises from the penalty spot, firing right-footed past Adrian, and breathes a little bit of life back into Aston Villa's campaign!

    Some rare Christmas cheer for Aston Villa.
    12/26/2015 4:22:20 PM
  • 65 mins: GOAL! CHELSEA 2 WATFORD 2:

    Diego Costa has Chelsea back on level terms with his second goal of the afternoon. Two Brazilians, Oscar and Willian, combined brilliantly to find Costa, definitely not Brazilian, inside the box, and the forward for once kept cool to roll a shot past Gomes. 
    12/26/2015 4:22:45 PM
  • 68 mins: PENALTY! MANCHESTER CITY 4 SUNDERLAND 1:

    Sebastian Coates trips David Silva inside the box and Manchester City have the chance to make it five...
    12/26/2015 4:28:58 PM
  • 69 mins: MISSED PENALTY! MANCHESTER CITY 4 SUNDERLAND 1:

    ... but Wilfried Bony blazes over, side-footing high and wide of Vito Mannone's goal. Does anybody know when Sergio Aguero will be fully fit?
    12/26/2015 4:30:44 PM
  • 70 mins: Manchester City 4 Sunderland 1:

    It's been a bad couple of minutes for Manchester City despite their comfortable lead. Seconds on from Wilfried Bony's missed penalty, and Vincent Kompany - on only moments earlier - has had a recurrence of his recent injury, and has had to go off. That's a real blow for the City captain.
    12/26/2015 4:32:36 PM
  • 78 mins: PENALTY! CHELSEA 2 WATFORD 2:

    It's another penalty, and the second of the day at Stamford Bridge! This time Andre Marriner has awarded a spotkick to Chelsea, and the champions will have the chance to get Guus Hiddink's second spell in charge off to a winning start...
    12/26/2015 4:37:56 PM
  • 79 mins: MISSED PENALTY! CHELSEA 2 WATFORD 2:

    Wow! Oscar conjures the ghost of John Terry in Moscow, and slips as he approaches the ball on the penalty spot. As his standing foot disappears from under him, his right foot lifts the ball high over the Watford crossbar. If it's any consolation for the Brazilian, it's only Watford at home and not for the European Cup.

    Wahey! 
    12/26/2015 4:38:19 PM
  • 80 mins: GOAL! TOTTENHAM 3 NORWICH 0:

    Tom Carroll has a first Premier League goal, and Tottenham have a certain three points. The midfielder fired left-footed beyond Declan Rudd after Son Heung-Min and Ben Davies had combined to play Carroll in.
    12/26/2015 4:38:41 PM
  • FULL TIME - TOTTENHAM 3 NORWICH 0:
    12/26/2015 4:50:16 PM
  • FULL TIME - MANCHESTER CITY 4 SUNDERLAND 1:
    12/26/2015 4:50:34 PM
  • FULL TIME - BOURNEMOUTH 0 CRYSTAL PALACE 0:
    12/26/2015 4:51:33 PM
  • FULL TIME - CHELSEA 2 WATFORD 2:
    12/26/2015 4:51:46 PM
  • FULL TIME - SWANSEA 1 WEST BROM 0:
    12/26/2015 4:53:22 PM
  • FULL TIME - LIVERPOOL 1 LEICESTER 0:
    12/26/2015 4:53:52 PM
  • FULL TIME - ASTON VILLA 1 WEST HAM 1:
    12/26/2015 4:55:38 PM
  • It's been breathless stuff so far this Boxing Day, and there's still more to come. Next up is Newcastle versus Everton at St James' Park and the team news is in...

    Newcastle: Elliot, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett, Sissoko, Anita, Colback, Wijnaldum, Perez, Mitrovic

    Subs: De Jong, Gouffran, Thauvin, Tiote, Darlow, Tonev, Mbabu

    Everton: Howard, Baines, Funes Mori, Stones, Coleman, Barry, Cleverley, Mirallas, Barkley, Lennon, Lukaku

    Subs: Robles, Gibson, Kone, Besic, Deulofeu, Osman, Galloway

    Referee: Lee Mason
    12/26/2015 5:00:56 PM
  • All you need to know ahead of Newcastle vs Everton

    The IndependentIt’s a big game for… Everton defenders: This match will be a real test of the resolve of the Everton defence, following a loss to Leicester that saw them concede two penalties, and three goals total. They will need to bounce back and be more disciplined this week to avoid shooting themselves in the foot. Best stat… 12: Newcastle have dropped twelve points from winning positions in Premier League fixtures, the most of any team in the top flight. Remember when…
    12/26/2015 5:20:18 PM
  • Here come the players of Newcastle and Everton, and after results this afternoon, both sides have the opportunity to lift themselves a couple of places up the table with three points this evening. Let's go.
    12/26/2015 5:28:09 PM
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