Premier League roundup: Leicester top for Christmas; Chelsea win; LVG out?
Leicester City refuse to let the dream die; it’s a brave, new world at Stamford Bridge; a managerial offing might be on the cards at Old Trafford; Tottenham Hotspur are back on the march; and Aston Villa might get themselves relegated by March.
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All of that, and much, much more, in Saturday’s Premier League roundup. For a complete recap and highlights of each game, click the link through to the full recap.
Manchester United 1-2 Norwich City — RECAP
With Jose Mourinho now gone from Chelsea and available for hire, and Man United picking up another poor result on Saturday, is Louis van Gaal the next PL manager to be shown his walking papers? Losing to Norwich City, at Old Trafford of all places, might just be the last straw for the Dutchman.
Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland — RECAP
With a victory over Sunderland on Saturday, Chelsea, the reigning PL champions — let us not forget this — have reached the dizzying heights of the 15th place in the league table. The sky’s the limit now. For all the latest Mourinho-related news…
- WATCH: Chelsea fans sing for Mourinho
- Guus Hiddink named interim boss for rest of season
- John Terry says Chelsea players must now win back their own fans
- Mourinho has no plans for a sabbatical, hopes for new job soon
Everton 2-3 Leicester City — RECAP
Top of the league on Christmas Day — that’s where you’ll find Leicester City. It’s as unlikely a story as we may ever tell in the Premier League, but it just goes on and on and on. Riyad Mahrez (two goals) is becoming a bona fide superstar, and the Foxes will do well to hold onto him in January, or this summer.
Southampton 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur — RECAP
Tottenham are into the top-four at Christmas after going away to Southampton and grabbing all three points on the back of two goals scored three minutes apart just before halftime. The goalscorers? England’s young stars-in-the-making, Harry Kane and Dele Alli.
Stoke City 1-2 Crystal Palace — RECAP
Palace left it late — like, 88th-minute-late — but their chase for European qualification continues after a throughly impressive away victory at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday. Stoke, meanwhile, after splashing the cash in the summer and turning heads with a few of their signings, will be 11th on Christmas Day.
- American duo signs investment deal with Palace
- WATCH: Chung-yong Lee scores goal of season contender for Palace
West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Bournemouth — RECAP
With 19 points from their first 17 PL games, Bournemouth might just have enough about them to avoid relegation. They, too, left it late on Saturday, but Eddie Howe’s side took all three points and are sitting pretty all the way up in 14th, a spot ahead of the reigning champions.
- VIDEO: Introducing new series “Promoted: The story of AFC Bournemouth”
- MiB pod: BlazerCon special with Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn
Newcastle Untied 1-1 Aston Villa — RECAP
This relegation six-pointer was a wash, as Villa came from behind to rescue a valuable away point at St. James’ Park. A point, though, is hardly enough for Remi Garde’s side, which sits bottom of the league, a whopping 10 points from safety. Jordan Ayew’s equalizer sure was stunning, though.