Manchester City suffered their second straight defeat in the Premier League for the first time in two years after going down 2-1 at Leicester City in a goal-packed set of Boxing Day fixtures.
Tottenham Hotspur routed Bournemouth 5-0 as they leapfrogged City into second place in the league, six points behind leaders Liverpool who thrashed Newcastle United 4-0.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got his second win as Manchester United manager with a comfortable 3-1 triumph over Huddersfield Town, while Everton smashed five past Burnley to bounce back from their own humbling by Spurs. But it was City’s disappointing result at Leicester that was the most intriguing result, especially since Pep Guardiola’s team had taken the lead after Bernardo Silva put them in front before the 15th minute. The Foxes equalised shortly after to capitalise on the creeping insecurity around the champions, following on from their 3-2 defeat by Crystal Palace at the weekend.
Leicester withstood some usual City pressing and then seized on their own opportunity late on with Ricardo Pereira unleashing an stoppable shot beyond Ederson to take the unlikely win.
City slipped to third after Spurs took their tally to 11 goals in four days by adding Bournemouth to their list of festive thrashings. Son Heung-min scored twice with Christian Eriksen, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane getting one goal apiece to move up to second.
Liverpool are still six points out in front and remain unbeaten after goals from Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah (penalty), Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho condemned Newcastle to their 10th defeat of the season.
At the other end of the table, Fulham had moved off the bottom earlier on Wednesday but will be disappointed they conceded in the final five minutes against Wolverhampton Wanderers to only manage a 1-1 draw.
Huddersfield were left in last place as they lost 3-1 to Solskjaer’s new look United, who had Paul Pogba to thank for two of their goals and who is finally starting to look like the player the club paid 89 million pounds for.
Everton’s new signings came to the fore at Turf Moor as Lucas Digne scored twice and Yerry Mina scored his first goal for the club in a 5-1 thumping of Burnley where Richarlison also notched his ninth goal of the season late on. The game that was the turkey of the day, however, was the 0-0 draw between Crystal Palace and Cardiff City.
Brighton & Hove Albion came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Arsenal in the Premier League on Wednesday and arrest a run of three straight defeats. Their poor run looked like continuing as Arsenal took the lead after seven minutes, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang producing a fine side-foot finish wide in the box for his 13th league goal of the season.
However, the Gunners have only kept three clean sheets in 19 league games and were pegged back just after the half hour mark. A long ball up the field came off the head of Stephan Lichtsteiner and fell to Jurgen Locadia who had sprinted up the pitch and did well to poke it past Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
After a home loss to Leicester on Saturday, Chelsea bounced back with a well-deserved win at Vicarage Road. They remain 11 points behind league leaders Liverpool. The match, however, was overshadowed by the injury suffered by Watford defender Christian Kabasele, who crashed into the goalpost early in the game. Despite appearing to suffer a rib injury following the collision, he tried to continue but ended up being carried out of the grounds on a stretcher while being given oxygen.
Hazard opened the scoring in first half stoppage time when he rounded Watford ‘keeper Ben Foster and slotted home after being put through with a pass by midfielder Mateo Kovacic. But Watford equalised moments before the break with a well-worked corner to Argentine midfielder Roberto Pereyra, whose superbly-timed volley from the edge of the box rocketed into the net for his sixth Premier League goal of season.
Hazard scored the winner from the spot early in the second half after being brought down by Foster.