The English Premier League pulled through its decimated boxing day in sold-out stadiums despite the rampant omicron wave. The traditional holiday round on Sunday was marked by pandemic adversities after three canceled games due to numerous corona failures and the coaches Steven Gerrard and Patrick Vieira who tested positive at short notice. Regardless of the difficult circumstances in some places, the stadiums were full of goals.
League leaders Manchester City defeated Leicester 6: 3 after a splendid start and an intermittent sag. The champions were already 4-0 ahead after 25 minutes, but then took it too easy after an outstanding first half. So the guests came up to 3: 4 after the break up to the 65th minute, but the hosts’ fifth goal brought the preliminary decision a little later. The final score was fixed in the final phase by Raheem Sterling, who appeared as the only double goal scorer.
Chelsea beat Aston Villa, who had to do without their corona-infected coach Gerrard, 3-1. Jorginho converted two penalties in Birmingham (34th, 93rd). Ralph Hasenhüttl celebrated a 3-2 win at West Ham with Southampton. Fourth in the table, Arsenal, knocked Norwich off 5-0 away, with Bukayo Saka scoring twice. Tottenham were also no weaknesses at home against Crystal Palace without their coach Vieira, who tested positive, 3-0.
The games Liverpool – Leeds, Wolverhampton – Watford and Burnley – Everton had to be postponed to spring due to too many Corona cases.
The round will be completed on Monday evening. Manchester United challenges Newcastle. The “Red Devils” had to postpone their last two games due to some corona infections.
Man City – Leicester 6:3
Norwich – Arsenal 0:5
Tottenham – Crystal Palace 3:0
West Ham – Southampton 2:3
Aston Villa – Chelsea 1:3
Brighton – Brentford 2:0