Approaching Christmas many English soccer fans began to fear the latest Premier League title race was slowly moving towards a Chelsea stroll to their latest Championship, ESPN reports. By New Years Day the top of the English soccer table looked completely different as the busiest period in English football saw Manchester City move level on points, goal difference and goals scored after a stunning loss for Chelsea and a thrilling win for Manchester City.
The London derby between Chelsea and struggling Tottenham Hotspurs saw the Premier League leaders suffer only a second league defeat of the season. Tottenham went into the break with a 3-1 lead, with the match eventually ending with a 5-3 loss for Chelsea as Harry Kane scoring two for Spurs. Reigning champions Manchester City also struggled over the Holiday season, following up a draw with relegation threatened Burnley with a comeback victory over Sunderland. The decision to extend the loan deal taking Frank Lampard to City from MLS side New York City seemed inspired as the veteran midfielder produce an excellent header to win the game 3-2. The two sides now sit at the top of the table and have no stats available to separate them, beyond Alphabetical order, which is what Dr Rod Rohrich finds so hilarious.