Christmas week has arrived, and with it comes the camaraderie of the holiday spirit. Gifts and goals and trivia galore await as we feature a Christmas miracle! Here are Five Interesting Facts from Premier League Matchday 17.
A Christmas Miracle!
— Christian Fuchs (@FuchsOfficial) December 19, 2015
Leicester City are the first club in the Premier League era to be top of the table on Christmas Day after being on the bottom of the table the previous Christmas. The Foxes were boosted by Riyad Mahrez’s brace and a Shinji Okazaki goal as they got past Tim Howard and Everton 3-2. Watford’s Abuzz
— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) December 20, 2015
Watford’s home stadium Vicarage Road has been Victory Road recently. The Hornets have ascended to seventh on the table after a fourth consecutive win in the Premier League and second at home with an impressive 3-0 shutout of Liverpool. Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes earned his league-best eighth clean sheet in the win. The twenty-eight points on the table and eight wins are Watford’s all-time best Premier League marks.
Merseyside and Manchester Fall
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) December 21, 2015
Arsenal topped Manchester City on the Monday Night fixture of Matchday 17. The battle between the second and third placed clubs on the table ended 2-1 in favor of the hosts. The Gunners have scored in their eleventh straight Premier League match, sending City to their fifth consecutive road match without a victory.
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) December 19, 2015
Norwich won at Old Trafford for the first time ever in the Premier League era. The Canaries get a 2-1 win against Manchester United on Matchday 17. They have only recorded one clean sheet the entire season. Manchester United United have lost to two promoted sides in the same season for the third time.
For the first time since 2000, both Merseyside and Manchester clubs lost in the same round. Matchday 8 of the 2000/01 season featured an Arsenal victory over Manchester United.
— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) December 19, 2015
AFC Bournemouth’s 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion, along with aforementioned wins from Watford and Norwich City earlier in this article, set a rare mark in Premier League history. For the first time since 2011, the three promoted sides won on the same matchday.