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Boxing Day 2014: Your Running Commentary

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A pair of London derbies headline a return to action in the English Premier League on a stacked Boxing Day schedule.

Chelsea attempt to remain atop the league’s standings when they host West Ham United to kick off the day’s action. West Ham and Sam Allardyce have defied expectations and are fourth-place in the table, and are proving their worth on a regular basis. Chelsea though seem a team that are the favorites to win this year’s title and will be tough to defeat at Stamford Bridge.

A surging Manchester United take on Newcastle United in the next round of matches in the day. Newcastle have lost two consecutive matches and have slid down to ninth-place, and are in need of another morale-boosting victory at Old Trafford. Second-place Manchester City visit Alan Irvine and West Bromwich Albion, who have just 17 points from 17 games.

The afternoon finishes up with Arsenal hosting South London’s Queens Park Rangers. Arsenal sit just four points out of fourth place and have won three of their last five games, though they’re still missing a number of starters including Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, and Theo Walcott.

Here’s a look at this year’s Boxing Day schedule:

7:45 a.m. – NBCSN – Chelsea vs. West Ham United

10 a.m. – NBCSN – Manchester United vs. Newcastle

10 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City

10 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – Burnley vs. Liverpool

10 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – Crystal Palace vs. Southampton 

10 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – Leicester City vs. Tottenham 

10 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – Everton vs. Stoke City

10 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – Swansea City vs. Aston Villa

10 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – Sunderland vs. Hull City

12:30 p.m. – NBCSN – Arsenal vs. Queens Park Rangers

12:30 p.m. beIN Sports USA – Watford vs. Wolverhampton


    • according to Drake Davis, he looked like a super supreme world all star, but all of his world class runs were ignored by his awful teammates. He also may or may not have jogged around aimlessly.

      • I’ve never called Jozy “world class” bc he is not…. Coincidingly, I’ve never called him “terrible” because he is not that either…. He played 30 minutes today. Trekked back to play defense a good bit and had a quick solid shot blocked for a corner. Also had a good cross after holding the ball up. He additionally had one or two lost balls due to bad touches (if u watched soccer, You’d know that happens). Did u watch the game, Del? Care to add anything beneficial to humanity/this conversation?

      • True, Roker Report ripped him to shreds in the match ratings; but I’d just give them all 5s besides Alvarez and Pantimillon who’d get 4s

    • FR, stunningly terrible……

      FWIW, I don’t think i’ve ever seen worse officiating. the ref missed about 7 hand balls on Hull, 3 were in the box.

      • additionally, i never quite knew why Poyet stopped playing Mannone and went with Pantimillon. man none, although short, seemed to play bigger than his stature. He seemed to will the team into playing better, Pantillimon looks like a fallopian tube with no confidence. sure he’s 8 feet tall but he can’t make a save to save his life…….

        Giacc has the natural talent but looks to be on a team that has no clue how to move the ball around quickly.

      • Touché. Statement recanted. Pantimillon still isn’t very agile but maybe I’m judging him unfairly. He should have stopped the first goal and possibly the third today. He doesn’t seem to be able to get down to the ground quick enough.

      • Mr. Davis,

        “He doesn’t seem to be able to get down to the ground quick enough.”

        The book on “giant” keepers, typically, is you go low on them. The upside of course is that typically a “giant” should have the advantage in most other situations.

        Nobody is perfect.

      • GDUB, fair enough, i guess he just doesn’t emit confidence. You watch Howard, Neuer, Hart in his prime and they bark orders, they LOOK like the KNOW they will stop every shot. Pantimillon just looks like he is actively dropping a deuce at all times. haha maybe I’m just picking on the man but i’d want my GK to be the most confident person on the pitch.

        but yea, you’re right. still, he should have stopped the first goal by Gaston.

      • They didn’t show up today and perhaps they’re usually better but truthfully only marginally.

  1. Alvarez not having his best game for Sunderland today. has looked lost. I hope Giacc and Jozy replace Gomez and Alvarez.

    Additionally, Sunderland fail to close down at the top of the box. let Gaston take 7 dribbles and shoot from 25 out unmarked. Sunderland deserve to be down 1-0; luckily Hull gave up a blunder that Johnson tapped in.

  2. Liverpool with a listless 1h v. Burnley. The Brendan Rodgers high press is absent, and getting bossed in midfield. Credit to Burnley for high effort and crisp passing to put Liverpool under almost constant pressure.

  3. Lampard is extending his loan. Pellegrini stated that the reason his was signed all along was to play at ManCity and cover for Toure’s absence in Jan. and Feb.

    My appologies for posting this in another thred. It is more appropriate here.

  4. How about the NBC Sports Live Extra app? Depending on your cable tv provider (if u have cable?), you can access all BPL matches not on tv.


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