Christmas has arrived, and for English football fans, Boxing day is coming soon. Interestingly, big Premier League teams, such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manchester City have interesting trends in boxing day moments in the last five seasons of the Premier League.
Boxing Day is a tradition of English Premier League football that has been held for years. The match, which takes place one day after Christmas, on December 26 and usually until December 27, will be the best gift and entertainment for British people to enjoy a holiday with their families.
At the same time, English football is often called inhumane because of the boxing day moment. While other top European competitions, such as the Bundesliga, Serie A, and La Liga, give one to two weeks off, the Premier League does not. The players who appear in England must continue to play a series of league matches during the Christmas and New Year holidays.
However, footballers who have a career in England can enjoy it. It’s not even uncommon for the team that won on Boxing Day to seem to give a special gift to their fans.
Of course, it is interesting to see how the records of the four big Premier League teams, such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City, have followed the Boxing Day tradition in the last five seasons of the Premier League.
Manchester United Unbeaten
Manchester United has a fairly positive record every time it undergoes a boxing day tradition in the last five seasons. Noted, the Red Devils won three wins and two draws in the last five boxing days , from 2016 to 2020.
Finally, Manchester United had to draw 2-2 with Leicester City on boxing day 2020. At that time, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes became the savior of the Red Devils from defeat.
Two boxing days before, Manchester United always won. The Red Devils won 4-1 over Newcastle United on boxing day 2019, while in 2018, they won 3-1 over Huddersfield Town.
Manchester United’s four goals against Newcastle were scored by Anthony Martial, who scored twice, as well as Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford. Meanwhile, against Huddersfield Town, Nemanja Matic and two goals from Paul Pogba helped Manchester United win three points.
On boxing day 2016, Manchester United won 3-1 over Sunderland, where the three goals were scored by Daley Blind, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Meanwhile in 2017, Manchester United drew 2-2 with Burnley on boxing day thanks to Jesse Lingard’s two goals.
Liverpool Often Win Big
Liverpool is a team that is not only without defeat on every boxing day for the last five seasons, but also often wins big.
The big win occurred from boxing day 2016 to 2019. Stoke City was a team that felt the ferocity of the Reds on boxing day 2016, at which time Roberto Firmino et al.
After that, Liverpool won 5-0 over Swansea on boxing day 2017. Philippe Coutinho, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and a brace from Roberto Firmino became the decisive victory for the Reds.
Liverpool’s winning streak on boxing days continued in 2018 and 2019. The Reds won 4-0 for the second year in a row, overcoming Newcastle United in 2018 and Leicester City in 2019.
However, Liverpool’s big winning trend stopped on boxing day last year. The Reds were only able to draw 1-1 against West Bromwich Albion, where Sadio Mane scored for Liverpool.
Last 2 Boxing Days Wasn’t a Special Day for Chelsea
Chelsea is currently a strong team in the Premier League. Managed by Thomas Tuchel, the Blues became a great team, where last season’s Champions League trophy was theirs.
However, before Thomas Tuchel arrived, Chelsea often struggled, especially in the last two boxing days , in 2019 and 2020.
On boxing day 2019, Chelsea lost 0-2 to Southampton. Meanwhile on boxing day 2020, the Blues lost 1-3 to Arsenal, where the only Blues goal was scored by Tammy Abraham.
However, in the previous three boxing day editions , Chelsea have always won. The Blues won 3-0 over Bournemouth on boxing day 2016, 2-0 over Brighton in 2017, and 2-1 over Watford in 2018.
A 3-0 win over Bournemouth on boxing day 2016 was achieved thanks to goals scored by Pedro, Eden Hazard and an own goal by Steve Cook.
While the 2-0 victory over Brighton was achieved thanks to goals from Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso. Meanwhile in 2018, a 2-1 victory over Watford was achieved thanks to two Eden Hazard goals.