The 15th day of the Premier League continued this Saturday evening during this Boxing Day period. Manchester City hosted Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium and had no choice but to win to catch up with the leading peloton led by Liverpool. After timidly starting the meeting, the Citizens gradually returned to their match by depriving the Newcastle players of balls. An overwhelming possession of the ball allowed Ilkay Gundogan to open the scoring on the first opportunity of his family. Shortly before the quarter of an hour of play, the German midfielder took advantage of a very good center back from Sterling to adjust Karl Darlow (14th, 1-0) with his right foot.
Powerless, the Magpies were all moving in their part of the field and the Mancunian opportunities were more and more numerous. Kevin De Bruyne was not far from doubling the bet but the English goalkeeper emerged victorious this time from his face to face. Back from the locker room, Ferran Torres only needed ten minutes to turn into a scorer. Placed in the right place at the right time, the Spanish center forward calmly adjusted the opposing goalkeeper (55th, 2-0). The machine was then on and Bernardo Silva was on the verge of tripling the bet four minutes later. But this time it was the crossbar that prevented him (59th).
Manchester City and Everton provide the essentials
The opportunity for Sergio Aguero to come into play fifteen minutes from the end of the match. And as often, it did not take much time for the Argentinian to put an opportunity in his mouth. He nevertheless lost his face to face with the last rampart of the Magpies who carried out a sublime parade (77th). Vexed, Aguero returned to the charge a few minutes later before collapsing into the box after contact with Darlow. However, the referee did not indicate the penalty spot and Manchester City ended up winning 2-0. In the standings, the Citizens are 5th five points behind leader Liverpool.
At the same time, Everton was moving to the championship’s red lantern, Sheffield United, with big ambitions. In the event of victory, the Toffees could thus take the place of dolphin in Leicester after having attended a little earlier in the day in the 2-2 draw between the Red Devils and the Foxes. But surprising as it may sound, Carlo Ancelotti’s men were struggling to get into their match. Dangerous opportunities were rare and we had to wait half an hour of play to see Dominic Calvert-Lewin give the first thrill to Aaron Ramsdale (30th). The second half was not much better. The two formations took turns surrendering the leather. But in this game, the Toffees were ultimately victorious. Ten minutes from time Sigurdsson was enjoying good service from Abdoulaye Doucouré to open the scoring and thus offer victory to his team (1-0). A short victory that we expected more but which allows Ancelotti and his men to turn in the second position on the league table.