Unlike Cricket the Football leagues across Europe are on a winter break around Christmas. It’s only the English Premier League which serves nonstop football action, and in this period Boxing Day fixtures are of prime significance with all the twenty teams in action. While it is business as usual for the football players, audiences around the world tend to enjoy these fixtures a bit more than usual with the action coming thick and fast.
There were no upsets at the top with Chelsea retaining its lead. Below is our eleven member squad from another high octane day of action from English Premier League.
Yes Robert Green in Queens Park Rangers goal will not be the first pick for any fantasy football team; however his display between the sticks against Arsenal was brilliant. He was behind a leaky defense, but kept QPR in the game by saving an Alexis Sanchez Penalty and if not for him QPR would have conceded at least 3-4 additional goals in the first half.
John Terry, Per Mertesacker, Ryan Bertrand, Phil Jones
He might be in the twilight of his career, but John Terry is solid as a rock in Chelsea’s defensive unit, to his credit he made five clearances won all his aerial duels and also scored the opener against West Ham United. His partner at the centre of defense would be Per Mertesacker, with Arsenal down to 10 men after Giroud’s red card he and the rest of the Arsenal players ensured that they didn’t allow QPR to get any point from the match.
Southampton leapfrogged West Ham United to move in the fourth position as a result making the cut for the left back position is Ryan Bertrand, who had a great outing against Crystal palace by scoring a goal and fulfilling his defensive responsibilities as well. Phil Jones conceded a penalty against visiting Newcastle United; however his overall performance and darting run forwards helped him in making the cut for a place at the right back position.
Cesc Fabregas, David Silva, Ashley Young, Alexis Sanchez
In the opening match of the day Chelsea won comfortably against West Ham United. The first half display of Chelsea was breathtaking with Cesc Fabregas pulling the strings from the midfield. Chelsea completed more than 540 passes in the match and Fabregas completed 84% of his passes successfully. Manchester City is facing an injury crisis with their strike force missing out but Pellegrini would still not be panting as he has a certain David Silva in his team. The Spaniard was in a rich vein of form by getting on the score sheet and creating goals for his team as well.
Manchester United were on track with three points against Newcastle United and all the action for Manchester United was from the left flank with Ashley Young breezing pass through defenders, he was also quick in defending when required and made the cut for our squad. One wonders if not for Alexis Sanchez where would Arsenal be with their indifferent performances in the Premier league. He was unstoppable against QPR; he missed a penalty but redeemed himself with a headed goal and then ran half the distance of the pitch to play an assist to Rosicky who scored the deciding goal for Arsenal. Alexis Sanchez is definitely the best player in the league on current form.
Diego Costa & Wayne Rooney
Diego Costa’s impact on Chelsea is similar to Van Persie’s impact on Manchester United in 2012. Costa’s movement was brilliant against West Ham and he was unstoppable as he scored a brilliant solo goal to cement Chelsea’s position at the summit. Van Gaal on the other hand has deployed Wayne Rooney in the midfield and has allowed his Captain to join attack at any possible opportunity. His two goals and one assist against Newcastle United ensured that Manchester United maintain their third position in the league and helped Wayne in cementing his position in our Boxing Day squad.
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