Presently of yr, it’s vital to recollect the true that means of Christmas.
It’s not in regards to the presents, or the copious quantity of food and drinks. It’s about soccer.
Supporters from up and down the nation, wearing embarrassing jumpers they need to fake to love, escape to a winter wonderland of sport on December 26th annually.
However when you’re caught inside with the kinfolk, worry not, as a result of talkSPORT can be streaming each sport solely reside on our app!
To get you within the temper, talkSPORT.com performs the Ghost of Christmas Previous, taking you thru a number of the absolute best fixtures from the Premier League’s favorite day of the yr.
So, know them higher now, and revisit some Christmas crackers as we construct as much as the subsequent spherical of festive fixtures.
Bolton 4-Three Newcastle, 2002
Defending typically appears to take Christmas off and 2002 was no exception. When three targets had been scored within the first ten minutes, it was clear soccer followers had been in for a festive deal with.
An Alan Shearer equaliser in between targets from Jay-Jay Okocha and Ricardo Gardner set the tone for an exciting encounter. Michael Ricketts, who as soon as performed for England, scored a brace earlier than Shola Ameobi and Shearer arrange a tense end.
Charlton 4-2 Chelsea, 2003
Roman Abramovich’s first blue Christmas didnt fairly go to plan. It took Charlton simply 42 seconds to take the lead.
John Terry did equalise however the Addicks had been in winter wonderland as they cruised to a 4-1 lead with targets from Matt Holland, Jonatan Johansson and Jason Euell.
Eidur Gudjohnsen’s comfort for the Blues did nothing to cease the Valley devoted having fun with a very merry Christmas.
Chelsea 4-Four Aston Villa, 2007
Villa have had their justifiable share of Christmas crackers on Boxing Day. With three crimson playing cards and eight targets, this one had all of it.
The Claret and Blues took a shock 2-Zero lead courtesy of a Shaun Maloney double, however Zat Knight’s crimson card paved the way in which for Chelsea’s Andriy Shevchenko to bag twice and degree the scoring.
The sport appeared past ten-man Villa when Alex put Chelsea forward, however Martin Laursen equalised to make it 3-Three with 18 minutes remaining. And the pendulum swung additional in Villa’s favour when Ricardo Carvalho’s crimson card evened up the numbers.
Nevertheless it was the Blues who appeared to grab victory with a Michael Ballack free-kick.
If you happen to can imagine it, the sport turned as soon as extra when Ashley Cole was despatched off for dealing with on the road, earlier than Gareth Barry rescued a degree leaving everybody in Stamford Bridge completely bewildered.
Aston Villa 2-2 Arsenal, 2008
It wasn’t all that way back that Villa had been difficult for the Premier League high 4.
The Gunners, in the meantime, had been hoping to strengthen their title credentials and appeared to have performed so when targets from Denilson and Abou Diaby put them forward both facet of half-time.
Villa had been hoping for a Christmas miracle and it got here to them within the form of a Gareth Barry spot kick, adopted by a last-gasp equaliser by Zat Knight.
Manchester Metropolis 5-1 Hull, 2008
Boxing Day 2008 was immortalised by Phil Brown for some of the iconic group talks in Premier League historical past.
The Tigers affected by a Christmas day hangover within the first-half and located themselves 4-Zero all the way down to Metropolis at half time.
Brown sat his males down on the pitch in entrance of the travelling Hull followers and unleashed a really public verbal tirade.
It did little to alter the result, as Metropolis nonetheless gained by a snug margin, however they did get a objective again – nice job Phil!
Manchester United 4-Three Newcastle, 2012
Boxing Day 2019 sees a repeat of this tasty fixture and if it’s something just like the 2012 version, we’re in for a deal with.
This sport noticed Champions-elect Man United come from behind 3 times to steal a dramatic victory.
James Perch gave the Magpies an early lead earlier than Jonny Evans equalised, however the United defender cancelled out his objective by then turning the ball into his personal internet, restoring Newcastle’s lead. Patrice Evra levelled as soon as once more with a low drive earlier than a Papiss Cisse particular made it 3-2.
Robin van Persie scored to make it 3-Three and Javier Hernandez scored a trademark winner to place United in entrance for the primary time within the final minute.
Tottenham 5-2 Southampton, 2017
Harry Kane smashed Alan Shearer’s Premier League report for targets scored in a calendar yr by hitting a hat-trick in Tottenham’s 5-2 mauling of Southampton.
Kane wanted just one objective to move the 36 scored by Shearer in 1995 however the Spurs striker banged in three at Wembley to complete 2017 on an astonishing 39 targets in 36 league matches.
Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son helped put Southampton out of sight within the second half regardless of Sofiane Boufal pulling one again at 4-Zero and substitute Dusan Tadic decreasing the deficit late on.
Bournemouth 3-Three West Ham, 2017
A controversial stoppage-time objective salvaged a 3-Three draw for Bournemouth in opposition to West Ham in an exciting Premier League encounter at Dean Courtroom.
Callum Wilson was credited with the Cherries’ third after he had the ultimate contact as Nathan Ake headed goalwards. There was a suspicion of offside and handball however referee Bobby Madley ultimately awarded the equaliser after a prolonged dialog with assistant Simon Lengthy.
Wilson’s disputed effort cancelled out a brace from Hammers ahead Marko Arnautovic that had David Moyes’ travelling facet anticipating victory.