One4all’s Favourite Festive Premier League Clashes
While we’re sitting in front of the TV, stuffing our faces with sandwiches filled with leftover Christmas dinner, the Premier League goes on for another day with the festive fixtures.
Here in the One4all HQ, we’ve taken a trip down memory lane to football clashes past and selected our top festive matches.
Sheffield Wednesday 3 – 3 Manchester United, 1992
The Owls started off electric, with David Hirst, Mark Bright and John Sheridan putting them in front just after the hour mark. However, the Red Devils’ Brian McClair replied with two goals in 13 minutes, making the last 10 minutes very tense.
A strong United attack mixed with a poor Wednesday defence secured an equaliser from Eric Cantona with six minutes left.
Charlton 4-2 Chelsea, 2003
Roman Abramovich’s first Christmas as Chelsea boss certainly wasn’t a celebratory occasion as it took Charlton just 42 seconds to get stuck into Claudio Ranieri’s side. John Terry had levelled following Hermann Hreidarsson’s first minute opener, but Matt Holland sent the Addicks back in front 11 minutes before the break.
After half-time, Charlton extended their lead to 4-1 through Jonatan Johannsson and Jason Euell, with the Blues replying with a second through Eidur Gudjohnsen’s on the 72nd minute.
Chelsea 4 – 4 Aston Villa, 2007
A real Christmas cracker – a Shaun Maloney double gave the Villans a 2-0 lead, however, Zat Knight received a red card, opening a pathway for Chelsea to get back in the game.
Aston Villa 2 – 2 Arsenal, 2008
With Arsenal’s eyes on the Premier League title and Aston Villa fighting for a place in the Champions League, this Boxing Day clash was crucial for both sides.
The Gunners took control with goals before and after half-time from Denilson and Abou Diaby but Martin O’Neill’s side were prepared to fight back. A 65th minute penalty from Gareth Barry (following William Gallas’ foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor) and a stunner from Zat Knight had them back on equal ground.
Manchester United 4 – 3 Newcastle, 2012
An opener from James Perch sent the Magpies in front (with the only Premier League goal of his career) before Jonny Evan’s equalised, then turned a cross into his own net. Patrice Evra levelled but Newcastle took the lead for the third time with a superb strike from Papiss Cisse.
Robin Van Persie equalised and a late winner (in typical United-Fergie fashion) from Javier Hernandez denied Newcastle the win.