Premier League round-up, matchday 16: Penalties decide half the weekend’s fixtures

🏈 @joshratt spotlights @NIU_Football’s game with @BallStateFB as yet another in a big month for the reigning champs.

➕ 𝙥𝙡𝙪𝙨 which teams have been flying the @MACSports flag so far this season?

#MACtion | #TheHardWay | #WeFly
https://thegeniusplaybook.com/state-of-the-mac-as-conference-play-starts-in-full/

🌪️ Marc Cucurella has made the most overlapping runs of any #CFC player so far this season. He’s combined with Sterling (7), Mount (6) and Havertz (6) regularly in his attacking runs.

🤕 He misses the game against #CPFC with illness. A boost for Palace?

#CRYCHE

𝙒𝙝𝙤 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙝𝙪𝙧𝙩 @SpursOfficial?

These five players are the #Gunners most successful dribblers:

🔺 Saka: 32 (20 take-ons)
🔺 Martinelli: 24 (12 take-ons)
🔺 Jesus: 12 (9 take-ons)
🔺 Ødegaard: 7 (2 take-ons)
🔺 Zinchenko: 7 (8 take-ons)

#ARSTOT | #AFC

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League leaders #AFC face undefeated #Spurs in 3rd, in a North London Derby that will be a stern test for both of these teams.

A 𝙝𝙪𝙜𝙚 game to restart the @premierleague. Here’s how they match-up. ⬇️

#NorthLondonDerby | #ARSTOT

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Jorginho to the rescue: Chelsea 3-2 Leeds United

Chelsea’s poor run of form looked to continue this weekend, but two spot kicks from Jorginho ensured the Blues picked up a valuable three points.

The majority of Leeds’ games tend to be intense and direct, and this one was no different.

Leeds struck first within half an hour thanks to Raphinha. A mistimed tackle from Marcos Alonso in the box sent Dan James tumbling. Leeds’s talisman picked up the ball and placed it on the spot before calmly slotting it past Edu Mendy.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 11: Raphinha of Leeds United scores their side’s first goal from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Leeds United at Stamford Bridge on December 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Leeds looked to hold on to their lead as they headed into halftime, but Mason Mount had other ideas and coolly slotted the ball in the 42nd minute, following a driven cross from Marcos Alonso.

Chelsea got a grasp on the game and were rewarded with a penalty after a silly challenge from Raphinha. Rüdiger found himself with the ball at his feet in the box, and a sliding challenge from the Brazilian was enough to award the spot kick.

Chelsea’s penalty king stepped up and with a hop, skip and a jump, Jorginho put the home side in front.

An end-to-end game continued following Chelsea’s second goal, and Leeds grabbed what looked like a late equaliser inside the final 10 minutes.

An excellent cross from Tyler Roberts found the flying super-sub Joe Gelhardt, who managed to get in front of his marker and draw the visitors level.

Leeds were hanging on towards the final few moments and looked as if they were going to steal an impressive point, however, a kick through the back of Antonio Rüdiger with seconds to spare gave the referee with no option but to point to the spot for the third time in the match.

A high-pressure penalty meant there was only one man for the job, and Jorginho made it look effortless as he sent Illan Meslier the wrong way and secured the victory for his side.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 11: Jorginho of Chelsea celebrates scoring their second goal with Marcos Alonso of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Leeds United at Stamford Bridge on December 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Lee – Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Chelsea have struggled in recent weeks and the absence of N’golo Kante has shown a real weakness in the defensive third. Thomas Tuchel will take the positive from the game and more importantly, the three points, as Leeds will feel hard done by to head home with nothing.

Foxes Devour Magpies: Leicester City 4-0 Newcastle United

Eddie Howe’s difficult job got even harder as his Newcastle side were torn apart by a relentless Leicester.

Youri Tielemans broke the deadlock on the cusp of halftime with a well-executed spot kick, giving Eddie Howe and his coaching staff something to think about as they headed into the dressing room.

The Foxes continued to apply the pressure and Patson Daka doubled the lead within 15 minutes of the restart.

A beautifully clipped ball in behind the defence from James Madison gave Harvey Barnes all the time in the world to get his head up and square it to Daka, who was left with a simple tap in.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 12: Leicester City’s Patson Daka celebrates scoring his side’s second goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Newcastle United at The King Power Stadium on December 12, 2021 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Stephen White – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Another perfectly-weighted ball from James Maddison gave Youri Tielemans the chance to grab his brace, which he done so confidently, before Maddison killed the game off with his own strike with five minutes remaining.

It meant three much needed points for Leicester in what has turned out to be a tricky season for them.

Another defeat for Newcastle leaves them 19th in the table with any hope of survival pinned on some new signings to come in January.

Gunners Sink the Saints: Arsenal 3-0 Southampton

Arsenal cruised past Southampton at the Emirates as they look to regain form heading into the festive schedule.

Arsenal captain, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, was missing from the matchday squad due to ‘disciplinary’ issues, meaning it was Alexandre Lacazette leading the line.

Lacazette settled into the game nicely when a sweeping Arsenal move was finished off by the Frenchman in the 21st minute.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 11: Gabriel Magalhaes of Arsenal celebrates scoring their side’s third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on December 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Martin Ødegaard doubled the lead six minutes later when he rose highest in the box and powerfully headed the ball past Alex McCarthy.

Gabriel sealed the game in the 62nd minute when he got on the end of a well delivered corner and ensured Arsenal picked up a much needed three points.

The Gunners will be looking to hunt down the top four over the coming weeks as Southampton’s stop-start season has taken a dip in form in recent weeks.

Best of the Rest

Conor Gallagher scored two cracking goals in Crystal Palace’s 3-1 win over a struggling Everton side.

Brentford picked up three vital points with a 95th minute penalty winner against Watford.

Ralf Rangnick picked up his second win in charge of Manchester United with a tough 1-0 win away at Norwich – thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty.

Raheem Sterling became the latest member of the Premier League 100 club with his penalty securing a 1-0 win over Wolves.

Steven Gerrard’s much-awaited return to Anfield ended in defeat as Mohamed Salah’s penalty was enough to beat Aston Villa.

West Ham were unable to get the better of Burnley as they played out a 0-0 draw.

Player of the Week – Conor Gallagher

Conor Gallagher’s two sublime goals carried Palace to a well-deserved victory. The Chelsea loanee has been in scintillating form and has been the catalyst in an incredibly versatile Patrick Viera side. It would be no shock to see him push for a starting spot at Stamford Bridge next season, and yet another top performance earns him the Genius Sports Report ‘Player of the Week’.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 12: Conor Gallagher of Crystal Palace celebrates after scoring 1st goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Everton at Selhurst Park on December 12, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
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🏈 @joshratt spotlights @NIU_Football’s game with @BallStateFB as yet another in a big month for the reigning champs.

➕ 𝙥𝙡𝙪𝙨 which teams have been flying the @MACSports flag so far this season?

#MACtion | #TheHardWay | #WeFly
https://thegeniusplaybook.com/state-of-the-mac-as-conference-play-starts-in-full/

🌪️ Marc Cucurella has made the most overlapping runs of any #CFC player so far this season. He’s combined with Sterling (7), Mount (6) and Havertz (6) regularly in his attacking runs.

🤕 He misses the game against #CPFC with illness. A boost for Palace?

#CRYCHE

𝙒𝙝𝙤 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙝𝙪𝙧𝙩 @SpursOfficial?

These five players are the #Gunners most successful dribblers:

🔺 Saka: 32 (20 take-ons)
🔺 Martinelli: 24 (12 take-ons)
🔺 Jesus: 12 (9 take-ons)
🔺 Ødegaard: 7 (2 take-ons)
🔺 Zinchenko: 7 (8 take-ons)

#ARSTOT | #AFC

🔴⚪️

League leaders #AFC face undefeated #Spurs in 3rd, in a North London Derby that will be a stern test for both of these teams.

A 𝙝𝙪𝙜𝙚 game to restart the @premierleague. Here’s how they match-up. ⬇️

#NorthLondonDerby | #ARSTOT

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