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Newcastle holds Manchester United amidst goal fest

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Newcastle United took a point on home ground by holding Manchester United to a 3-3 see-saw draw.

United manager Van Gaal admitted himself that he has been “very bored” at times watching his side following a galore of criticism of Manchester United’s attacking prowess.

He can have no such complaints after this hugely entertaining goal fest which produced some of their best attacking play of the season.

The away team led twice, first by Wayne Rooney’s penalty and Jesse Lingard’s finish that made it 2-0 before Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic’s penalty levelled the scores.

Rooney then scored a second that looks like the winning goal of the match.

But as Paul Dummett struck Newcastle’s third in the last minute, Manchester United to miss their chance to go level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham.

While the point was not enough to clear Newcastle from the relegation zone, it represents a noteworthy improvement after three consecutive 1-0 defeats.

Manchester City faces another four weeks of Kompany absence

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Manchester City faces another four weeks of Kompany absence

Manchester City will have to play for another four weeks without team captain and key defender Vincent Kompany.

Kompany, 28 had struggled with a recurring calf problem this season, and had limped out of a brief substitute appearance against Sunderland.

Manuel Pellegrini revealed later that “It is the same calf but a different part.”

The Belgium international has missed 11 of his team’s 19 Premier League matches this season after initially injuring his calf against Juventus on 15 September.

He briefly returned at the end of October, but was missing again until the 4-1 win against Sunderland.

However, he lasted just nine minutes before limping off.

“For his return to be less than three or four weeks would be very difficult,” Pellegrini said.

In their latest fixture, third-placed City drew 0-0 against second placed Leicester, getting their first clean sheet of the season without defender Kompany

Man Utd vs Chelsea (Preview)

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Manchester United
Barclays Premier League
Old Trafford
Monday, 28 December
1230 Eastern Time
Chelsea

Highlights:

Manchester United

  • United have lost four competitive matches in a row during a single season for the first time since October-November 1961.
  • They have lost three successive league games and are without a win in seven matches in all competitions.
  • Louis van Gaal’s side have averaged just 1.22 goals per game in the league this season, which is their lowest tally in a league campaign since 1989-90 (1.21).
  • They have the division’s best defensive home record, conceding just three goals.
  • Team news:
    • Defender Matteo Darmian could be available following a hamstring injury
    • Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger returns from suspension
    • Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney could be recalled after he was only named as a substitute against Stoke.

Chelsea

  • The Blues have taken just five points from the last 27 available away from home.
  • They are without an away victory in the league since beating West Brom in August.
  • Chelsea have scored just twice in their last four league away matches.
  • Guus Hiddink has won his last three competitive meetings with Louis van Gaal, all with PSV against AZ Alkmaar in 2005-06.
  • Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight league and cup games against Manchester United (W5, D3).
  • The Blues have won six Premier League games at Old Trafford – more than any other visiting side.
  • Team news:
    • Eden Hazard could return to the starting line-up after making his comeback from the bench on Saturday.
    • Diego Costa will be suspended after collecting five yellow cards.

Head-to-Head:

Last six results

ChelseaCompetitionManchester United
Watford 2-2 draw (h)Premier LeagueStoke City 2-0 lost (a)
Sunderland 3-1 won (h)Premier LeagueNorwich city 2-1 lost (h)
Leicester City 2-1 lost (a)Premier LeagueBournemouth 2-1 lost (a)
FC Porto 2-0 won (h)Champions LeagueWolfsburg 3-2 lost (a)
Bournemouth 1-0 lost (h)Premier LeagueWest Ham 0-0 draw (h)
Tottenham 0-0 draw (a)Premier LeagueLeicester City 1-1 draw (a)

Previous Encounters

DateCompetitionScoreChelsea ScorersMan Utd Scorers
19.01.14Premier League3-1Samuel E’to (17, 45, 49)Hernandez (78)
26.10.14Premier League1-1Van Persie (90)Drogba (53)
18.04.15Premier League1-0Hazard (38)

Odds Projection

Manchester United1.5
Chelsea2
Draw2.2

Most Popular Bets

TeamWinning percentage %Draw
Manchester United36.5925.71
Chelsea37.70

Bet Projection

Manchester United

2.2

Chelsea
Wayne Rooney may start after being left in the bench in the match against Stoke.

Wayne Rooney may start after being left in the bench in the match against Stoke.

Van Gaal (left) had not secured a managerial win against Guus Hiddink (right).

Van Gaal (left) had not secured a managerial win against Guus Hiddink (right).

Eden Hazard, who previously scored a winning goal against United is set to start.

Eden Hazard, who previously scored a winning goal against United is set to start.

Ozil in no rush to renew contract with Arsenal

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Ozil in no rush to renew contract with Arsenal

Mesut Ozil is loving life in North London, but insisted that he does not feel any pressure in committing his long-term future to Arsenal.

The German World Cup Winner revealed that he was not in a rush to negotiate a new contract with Arsenal, although Arsenal appeared keen to extend it beyond the current one that ends on June 2018.

“There is no rush to sign a new contract,” Ozil said.

“My current deal runs until 2018. That is still two-and-a-half years. There are no talks at the moment.”

“I can only say that I am very happy in London. My decision to leave Real Madrid for Arsenal was the right one.”

“There has not been a single day, apart from whenever I was injured, that I did not feel great here.”

Ozil was in outstanding form for Arsenal, scoring four times (in all competitions) and assisted 15 times in 16 league appearances this season.