The Manchester City and Chelsea teams suffered a surprise loss in their home games in the 18th Premier League round.
The current Manchester City champion fell to Crystal Palace’s Etihad with 2 : 3. The game started well for the “citizens” who led by Ilkay Gundogan in the 27th minute. The “Eagles”, however, shook the hosts with hits in two minutes – in the 32nd Jeffrey Schlup equalized the score, and in the 35th Andros Townsend gave the guests a lead with a phenomenal left-hand volley jump of 25 meters, a goal that can to fall among the contenders as the most beautiful for the season.
Luka Milivjevic made a 3 : 1 penalty shot five minutes after the break, and City managed to reduce the lead in the 85th minute with Kevin De Bournene’s shot from a shot and appeared on the pitch in an hour’s time. Thus, Palace had a real Christmas sensation, and if a goal can be called a chance, say this for three is hardly possible. City is now four points behind Liverpool, who is the only one in the Premier League to lose.
Chelsea, in turn, retreated to Leicester with 0 : 1 at Stamford Bridge, allowing for a first loss against this opponent on his 2000s terrain. The only goal in the game was Jamie Vardi in the 51st minute. Chelsea dropped their positions and was not lucky, as at the very end of the match, Markos Alonso faced Kasper Schmeichel, but his shot met the side beam.
- Arsenal – Burnley 3 -1
- Bournemouth – Brighton 2-0
- Huddersfield – Southampton 1-3
- Newcastle – Fulham 0-0
- West Ham – Watford 0-2