Premier League review: Man City secure their Christmas No1
Alex Sharp looks back at another action-packed instalment of Premier League football, as City secured top spot for Christmas
So this is Christmas and the Premier League has served up a series of cracking games over the congested festive period with all the trimmings – goals, drama and records galore.
Our Christmas number one is Manchester City, sitting on top of the tree for the first time since 1929.
However, fans of the chasing pack will be relieved to know that City have topped the top-flight at Christmas on three previous occasions – but have never gone on to win the league afterwards.
The 1-0 victory over Arsenal was a huge test for their title credentials and beating a tricky Stoke side 3-0 on Wednesday compounded Roberto Mancini’s side as the top dogs.
Following Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Spurs it appears the three London clubs will be chasing the tails of the Manchester double act, with United surviving a double helping in London, sweeping aside Fulham and Queens Park Rangers.
Harry Redknapp and his merry men will be full of festive cheer this Christmas as they sit in third, above Chelsea and Arsenal as the highest-placed London side in the Premier League at Christmas for the first time since 1995.
The panto villains are surely Luis SuÃ¡rez and John Terry after being embroiled in racism allegations. If guilty, they both deserve lengthy bans from the game – but both situations have been dealt with appallingly.
SuÃ¡rez’s eight-game ban has only been based on allegations and is still subject of an appeal. The Terry fiasco will rumble on until the new year and Fabio Capello has a crucial decision to make regarding the captaincy for England at Euro 2012. The FA is surely going to conduct its own investigation, regardless of the verdict due in February.
Elsewhere, it’s a case of cold turkey at Blackburn as Steve Kean’s side slid down to the foot of the table. The side lacks class, confidence and support.
The fans have turned and in vicious fashion. It’s been building as Rovers lost 2-1 to a West Brom in steady form under Roy Hodgson – but the real downer came on Tuesday with the defeat by fellow strugglers Bolton.
Blackburn have won just one of their last 12 Premier League fixtures and the owners must take a portion of the blame. Kean’s side have gone 20 games since their last clean sheet, conceding a whopping 42 goals in that time.
If Blackburn are to stay up they need drastic changes, reinforcements but most importantly the support from the fans – without them the struggle will be fruitless.
Kean can’t fight the blood of the club and will most probably lose the battle in the sack race unless he can win over the boo boys.