With Covid-19 postponements hitting the fixture list, it's a reduced Matchday 18 in the Premier League as we approach the busy festive fixture period.

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Saturday 18 December

Manchester United P-P Brighton

Southampton P-P Brentford

Watford P-P Crystal Palace

West Ham P-P Norwich

Aston Villa P-P Burnley

Leeds 1-4 Arsenal


Sunday 19 December

Everton P-P Leicester

Newcastle 0-4 Manchester City 

Wolves 0-0 Chelsea

Tottenham 2-2 Liverpool

Covid-19 Postponements

A number of Premier League games have been called off this weekend due to rising Omnicron cases with a series of outbreaks in top-flight squads.

A statement from the Premier League read: “The League understands fans will be disappointed these games have had to be postponed and apologises for the inconvenience and disruption caused. All other fixtures due to be played this weekend are currently scheduled to proceed as planned.

“The Board has agreed to postpone the matches after assessing individual club requests."

Saturday 18 December

Leeds 1-4 Arsenal

Gabriel Martinelli fired a first-half double as Arsenal chalked up a third straight Premier League win with a classy 4-1 victory at injury-hit Leeds.

Martinelli’s brace put the Gunners 2-0 up in 28 minutes and when Bukayo Saka added a third just before half-time, Leeds appeared set for another thrashing.

But Marcelo Bielsa’s side improved markedly after the break and reduced the deficit through Raphinha’s penalty before substitute Emile Smith Rowe’s late effort snuffed out any faint hopes of a fightback.

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Marcelo Bielsa endured a difficult day at the office on Tuesday night at the Etihad.
Marcelo Bielsa endured a difficult day at the office on Tuesday night.

Sunday 19 December

Wolves 0-0 Chelsea

Covid-hit Chelsea ground out a goalless draw with Wolves at a foggy Molineux to lose further ground on Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Daniel Podence had a first-half tap-in chalked off for offside and Leander Dendoncker spurned a glorious chance as luckless Wolves forced Chelsea to settle for a fourth draw in eight top-flight matches.

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Newcastle 0-4 Manchester City

Bernardo Silva staged a midfield masterclass as Premier League leaders Manchester City swept aside struggling Newcastle 4-0 to claim a record 34th win of 2021.

The Portuguese, aided and abetted by Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne, steered City to a commanding victory at St James’ Park to eclipse Liverpool’s mark of 33 top-flight wins in a calendar year set in 1982.

Goals from Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo before the break and Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling after it secured the points with the minimum of fuss as Newcastle were once against left to count the cost of a combination of dreadful defending, shot-shyness and questionable decisions.

Eddie Howe’s men have now won just one of the 18 league games they have played this season and while their fate will not be dictated by what they achieve against the division’s powerhouses, a worrying trend shows little sign of abating.

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Man City hit Leeds for seven at the Etihad.
Man City hit Leeds for seven at the Etihad.

Tottenham 2-2 Liverpool

Alisson Becker’s howler allowed Tottenham to earn a share of the spoils with 10-man Liverpool in a pulsating game full of VAR drama that ended 2-2 in north London.

Spurs were playing their first game in a fortnight following a coronavirus outbreak, while the Reds were without four of their players, but both sides put on a festive treat.

Liverpool were 2-1 up after Diogo Jota and Andy Robertson goals cancelled out Harry Kane’s early strike – his first in the league since October – and heading for the three points until Alisson failed to connect with a clearance and Son Heung-min rolled home into an empty net.

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