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Chelsea stunned by Southampton 2-0 in thrilling Boxing Day upset

Chelsea stunned by Southampton 2-0 in thrilling Boxing Day upset

Michael Obafemi and Nathan Redmond were on target as Southampton consigned Chelsea to a shock 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Academy product Obafemi, starting in place of the rested Danny Ings, gave Southampton the lead when he curled home a stunning left-footed effort from the edge of the box (31) after Chelsea had lost possession in midfield.

It was the 19-year-old's first Premier League goal in a year and things went from bad to worse for Chelsea when Redmond finished off another slick Southampton counter-attack (73) in the second half.

Frank Lampard's men dominated possession throughout but showed none of the cutting edge that helped them beat Tottenham last time out, allowing Southampton to claim a deserved win which lifts them up to 14th in the Premier League table.

How Saints stunned sluggish Chelsea

Chelsea came into the game in buoyant mood following that excellent win over Spurs, but they looked sluggish from the start and struggled to create meaningful chances, with Fikayo Tomori sending a tame header straight at Alex McCarthy with their only effort on target in the first half.

A string of promising attacks broke down due to poor crosses and a lack of composure in the final third, with the home fans showing their frustration in the stands. But Southampton also defended superbly, with Jan Bednarek and Jack Stephens marshalling Tammy Abraham closely.

The visitors were a threat on the counter-attack too, and it was from one such situation that they took the lead, springing forward after Callum Hudson-Odoi was dispossessed under the nose of the watching Lampard. Within a few seconds, Obafemi was celebrating a memorable goal.

Lampard threw on Mason Mount for Kurt Zouma at the break, changing his system from a back three to a back four, and the substitute made an immediate impact, teeing up Abraham, who fired a diagonal effort into the side-netting just seconds after the restart.

But Southampton defended resolutely and continued to look dangerous on the break, with Redmond's pace and directness causing Chelsea serious problems.

In fact, the winger should have doubled Southampton's lead before he did, running through on goal in the 66th minute only to be denied by Kepa Arrizabalaga's low save.

He made amends not long afterwards when he clipped a cool finish over the Chelsea goalkeeper after N'Golo Kante had inadvertently guided the ball into his path, and the hosts were unable to recover. By the end of the game, they had only managed three shots on target all afternoon.

The result makes it two consecutive home defeats against lower-half opposition for Lampard's side following the 1-0 loss to Bournemouth. They now sit just three points ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham in the Premier League table.

What's next?

Chelsea face Arsenal live on Sky Sports Premier League from 1pm on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium (kick-off 2pm), while Southampton are at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday, kicking off at 3pm at St Mary's Stadium.

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Chelsea beat Aston Villa in John Terry's return to Stamford Bridge

Chelsea beat Aston Villa in John Terry's return to Stamford Bridge

The hosts broke the deadlock when Tammy Abraham rose to head in his 11th Premier League goal of the season (24) against the side he scored 26 times for on loan in the Championship last season.

But Dean Smith's side levelled against the run of play before half-time as Trezeguet scrambled the ball over the line from close range (41).

Chelsea were back in front three minutes after the restart when Mount struck in style and the Blues held on for their first victory in four games.

The result puts Chelsea six points clear of fifth-placed Wolves but, perhaps more significantly, eight clear of Manchester United and nine ahead of Tottenham. Aston Villa remain 15th after their two-match unbeaten run was ended in west London - a point above the relegation zone after Southampton's win over Norwich.

Player ratings

Chelsea: Kepa (7), Azpilicueta (7), James (7), Christensen (6), Zouma (7), Kante (7), Mount (8), Kovacic (6), Willian (8), Pulisic (7), Abraham (8).

Subs: Jorginho (n/a), Hudson-Odoi (n/a), Batshuayi (n/a).

Aston Villa: Heaton (7), Targett (6), Elmohamady (7), Mings (7), Konsa (6), Nakamba (6), McGinn (6), Grealish (6), Hourihane (5), Trezeguet (7), Wesley (5).

Subs: Luiz (6), Jota (6).

Man of the match: Mason Mount.

Opta stats

  • Chelsea have lost just one of their last 56 Premier League home games against newly promoted teams (W45 D10 L1).
  • Aston Villa have picked up just one point from their last 42 available in away games against sides starting the day in the top four (W0 D1 L13).
  • Tammy Abraham has scored 11 goals in 14 Premier League appearances this season - the only Chelsea players to score more in their first 14 apps in a single PL season are Diego Costa (12 in 2014-15) and Nicolas Anelka (12 in 2008-09).
  • Only Jamie Vardy (17) has been directly involved in more Premier League goals this season than Chelsea's Tammy Abraham (14 - 11 goals, 3 assists).


What's next?

Chelsea travel to face Everton at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Saturday; Kick-off is at 12.30pm.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa host Leicester on Renault Super Sunday; coverage starts on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event at 1pm with kick-off at 2pm.

Liverpool's first-half goal bonanza leaves Toffees in sticky situation

Liverpool's first-half goal bonanza leaves Toffees in sticky situation

In one of the showpiece fixtures of the season under the lights at Anfield, the game lived up to its billing in an extraordinary first half which saw six goals scored.

Sadio Mane laid on two sublime assists for Divock Origi (6) and Xherdan Shaqiri (17) - who were both handed starts in place of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino - to put Liverpool in control.

Michael Keane (21) hit back for Everton but two more special Liverpool goals from Origi (31) and Mane (44) restored the three-goal cushion for just two minutes before Richarlison (45+2) made it 4-2 just before the break.

It is now 20 games unbeaten for Liverpool against Everton in all competitions and under-pressure Toffees boss Marco Silva now sees his team in the relegation zone after losing nine of their last 13 Premier League games.

Following the defeat Silva is on the brink of losing his job, according to Sky Sports News.

With a home game to come against Frank Lampard's Chelsea on Saturday, the atmosphere at Goodison Park could be toxic and it is likely majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri will not want to put Silva into that environment.

Player Ratings

Liverpool: Adrian (7), Alexander-Arnold (7), Van Dijk (7), Lovren (8), Robertson (8), Wijnaldum (8), Milner (7), Lallana (7), Mane (9), Origi (9), Shaqiri (8)

Subs: Henderson (7), Firmino (N/A), Gomez (N/A)

Everton: Pickford (5), Digne (5), Sidibe (5), Holgate (5), Keane (5), Mina (4), Davies (4), Sigurdsson (5), Iwobi (4), Richarlison (7), Calvert-Lewin (6)

Subs: Bernard (6), Kean (5)

Man of the match: Sadio Mane

Opta stats

  • Klopp has won 100 of his 159 Premier League games, he is the second fastest manager to reach 100 wins in the competition, after Jose Mourinho (142 games). In fact, he is the fastest Liverpool manager to 100 wins in top-flight history.
  • Everton find themselves in the relegation zone after playing at least 15 Premier League matches for the first time since April 10th 1999 (after 32 games).
  • Silva is the first Everton manager to concede five league goals against Liverpool in a single match since Howard Kendall in November 1982 (0-5 against Bob Paisley's Liverpool).


What's next?

Next up for Liverpool is a visit to Bournemouth on Saturday followed by a trip to Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday in the Champions League. Meanwhile, Everton host Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime.