A very weird protest, some scary stats and a badly behaved mascot: What you missed from the Premier League


Boxing Day football has happened - and while it wasn't as exciting as that famous day in 1963 that saw a record 66 goals scored, there are more than few talking points - namely Chelsea's continued dominance.

Here's what went down.


Everton's Romelu Lukaku (right) celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium
(Mike Egerton/PA)

Watford 1 - 1 Crystal Palace
Burnley 1 - 0 Middlesbrough
Man United 3 - 1 Sunderland
Leicester 0 - 2 Everton
Arsenal 1 - 0 West Brom
Swansea 1 - 4 West Ham
Chelsea 3 - 0 Bournemouth

Scariest stat of the day

We'd all seen the kind of phenomenal winning runs Antonio Conte had been on as manager of Juventus, but never did we think he could break records in the same way in the Premier League. How wrong we were.

With his side's 3-0 victory over Bournemouth Conte has achieved something within his first few months in charge that no Blues team in the history of the Football League has been able to do.

It certainly looks a difficult prospect for the teams around Chelsea to catch them - and they did this without arguably their two best players this season, N'Golo Kante and Diego Costa.

Strangest occurrence of the day

Face masks of Leicester City's Jamie Vardy are left on seats for fans before the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium
(Mike Egerton/PA)

Jamie Vardy may have been unable to step on to the pitch for Leicester's loss against Everton but no matter, because there were 30,000 of him inside the stadium.

The club gave out masks so fans could protest over the striker's suspension, picked up after getting a straight red card against Stoke, and at one point the cameras even picked out Vardy wearing a mask of his own face and enthusiastically making sure everyone around him saw.

The spectacle didn't help Leicester though as they went down to Ronald Koeman's men.

Goal of the day

It's a toss up between Pedro's first goal for Chelsea, a perfectly curled effort into the top corner to equal his contribution tally from last season already, or Henrikh Mkhitaryan who showed great skill to shape his body in such a way to convert what should have been an impossible volley.

But Mkhitaryan's goal appeared to be offside, so this can only go to one man.

Chelsea's Pedro celebrates scoring his side's third goal during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge
(Scott Heavey/PA)

Biggest milestone of the day

Watford's Troy Deeney (right) scores his side's first goal of the game
(Paul Harding/PA)

Troy Deeney finally bagged his 100th goal for the club after being stuck on 99 since scoring against Bournemouth on October 1.

The goal, which came from the penalty spot and secured a point against Crystal Palace, means the 28-year-old Hornets captain has scored more goals than Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney in 2016.

Mesut Ozil also joined the 100 club

The German playmaker made his 100th Premier League appearance during Arsenal's win over West Brom, adding another assist to his name to make the number up there 36 assists in 100 games.

The man Arsenal could have done with

Slightly awkward given what's written above, but with the likes of Santi Cazorla missing from their midfield Arsenal have been missing something - something Cesc Fabregas's record shows he'd likely be able to produce for his old club if still there.

Unfortunately for Arsene Wenger and Gooners everywhere that ship set sail long ago, they just have to hope now Fabregas doesn't prove to be the difference between Chelsea winning the league and Arsenal winning it.

In the end it didn't matter for Arsenal, with an incredible display from Ben Foster eventually being broken by Olivier Giroud's head on what was his first start of the season. Arsenal surely can't keep leaving it so late though...

Eden Hazard's season keeps getting better

Match of the Day is worth a watch tonight just for this man's performance. Enchanting.

He's also joined a pretty decent club with the goal too.

Harry the Hornet's been causing trouble

Wilfried Zaha went down in the box against Watford in what Sam Allardyce thought was a penalty - instead all the tricky winger got was a yellow for diving.

To rub his nose in it further, the Watford mascot Harry the Hornet dove in front of Zaha as the man who's been asked by England manager Gareth Southgate to reconsider playing for England rather than the Ivory Coast walked over to applaud the travelling supporters.

It came at the end of another good performance for Zaha amid rumours that Spurs will make another attempt to sign him in January.

Inevitable goal of the day

Andre Ayew celebrates his goal against Swansea
(Simon Galloway/PA)

Andre Ayew suffered an unfortunate start to his West Ham career since joining from Swansea, getting injured on the first day of the season, but was back to his best in the familiar surroundings of the Liberty Stadium.

In truth his goal was a tap in from a yard out, but his first ever goal for the Hammers was always going to come today.

The man who is signing out of 2016 strongest

It's been a long journey for Michail Antonio to this point but after getting his chance for West Ham in the Premier League he's not looked back.

The former Sheffield Wednesday, Reading and Nottingham Forest player is also on a list of players who've scored the most headed goals in Europe's top five leagues this season that includes Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Giroud.

Let's hope he continues growing in 2017.