Manchester Derby ends memorable weekend of Premier League and UEFA football
MANCHESTER CITY SETS ALL-TIME PREMIER LEAGUE RECORD
Manchester City has all but wrapped up the Premier League title two weeks before Christmas.
The last-best chance for a team to try and drag the Cityzens back down to earth from their stratospheric start to the 2017-18 campaign came on Sunday, as they traveled across town to face Manchester United.
But the Red Devils could not stop Manchester City, which ran out to a 2-1 victory. The two goals for the Cityzens came from United mistakes, but that will not matter. Manchester City set a new Premier League record with its 14th straight win, and is now 15-0-1 this year. Pep Guardiola’s side sits on 46 points, 11 points ahead of second place Manchester United, and 14 points ahead of defending champion Chelsea.
Even if Manchester City wins just 15 of its final 22 league games, which does not seem likely considering it has not lost once in the first 16, it will accumulate 91 points at a minimum. That would mean Manchester United would need 57 of 66 points left to play for over the next five months to track down its neighbors.
Hand the title to City.
There was also a dust up in the tunnel after the match, which reportedly saw United manager Jose Mourinho hit by a water bottle.
PREMIER LEAGUE RESULTS
West Ham United 1-0 Chelsea
Burnley 1-0 Watford
Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth
Huddersfield Town 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Swansea City 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
Tottenham 5-1 Stoke City
Newcastle United 2-3 Leicester City
Southampton 1-1 Arsenal
Liverpool 1-1 Everton
Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City
WHILE THE TOP IS DECIDED, THE BOTTOM OF THE TABLE IS CHAOTIC
The next five months are going to be interesting from second place down to 20th, especially at the foot of the Premier League table.
There are probably eight teams currently that could find themselves in a relegation battle, and while the next two months usually brings the fight at the bottom of the table into focus, that might not be the case this season.
From Hudderfield Town in 12th to Crystal Palace in 20th, one could make a case for any of the teams to be one of three that will drop down to the Championship.
Just this week alone, Swansea City (19th) beat West Brom (16th) 1-0, West Ham (18th) defeated Chelsea 1-0, and Huddersfield (12th) knocked off Brighton (13th) 2-0. As is often the case, if a team can put together a run of form over a month, it will most likely be safe from the drop.
BURNLEY KEEPS ITS SPOT RIGHT OUTSIDE THE TOP FOUR
Sean Dyche’s Burnley squad continues to pick up impressive results, after another 1-0 clean sheet victory Saturday over Watford.
Burnley has 28 points through 16 games, and sit two points behind fourth place Liverpool in the Premier League table.
The next month will be key for the Clarets, as they have a European spot clearly in their sights. Will they still be on the coattails of Arsenal, Liverpool, and the rest of the chasing top four pack at the end of January? If Burnley is still there, Dyche has to be a favorite (with Pep Guardiola) for Coach of the Year.
FUBO.TV MATCHES OF THE WEEK
The best part about English football is the festive period calendar.
While many other leagues shut down for a winter break at some point over the next month, the Premier League ramps up its match fixtures. That means midweek football for much of the next month, and many weeks have matches on almost every day of the week. It forces teams to rotate their starting 11 players, and makes for some interesting contests.
Wednesday, Tottenham travels to West Ham United for a London derby (3 p.m. NBC Sports and Fubo.tv), in the pick of the weekday matches.
On the weekend, the Spurs hit the road once again, to take on Manchester City in the late game Saturday (12:30 p.m. NBC and Fubo.tv).
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW MONDAY HAS 5 PREMIER LEAGUE TEAMS
Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham all won their groups, and will be in the group winners pot. Chelsea, which was runner up to Roma in Group C, will be in the other pot.
The first leg of the two-legged ties will take place over two weeks: Tuesday and Wednesday, February 13-14 and 20-21. The second leg will be Tuesday and Wednesday, March 6-7 and 13-14.
Check back here Monday morning to see the matchups.
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