Premier League 2020/21 Matchday 14: Highlights and match reports for every game

The last round of fixtures before Christmas includes champions Liverpool away at Crystal Palace live on BT Sport, plus Man Utd and Leeds renew their bitter rivalry.

By Callum Davis Published: 21 December 2020 - 4.08pm

The final round of Premier League fixtures before Christmas gets under way live and exclusive on BT Sport.

19 Premier League games on BT Sport this January

Matchday 14 kicked off with reigning champions Liverpool as they continued the defence of their crown with a trip to south London to face former manager Roy Hodgson and his Crystal Palace side.

As ever, BT TV is the only place to watch all 10 fixtures and if you’re not in the lucky few heading to stadiums we’ve got you covered.

Read on, or jump to a specific game using the links below, for previews of every clash and information about how you can watch from the comfort of your home.

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Saturday 19 December

Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool

Any remaining Christmas spirit knocking around south London was swiftly pummelled into extinction on Saturday afternoon as Liverpool produced a breathless display of attacking football to put seven past Crystal Palace.

Three goals to the good before half-time, including Takumi Minamino's first Premier League strike for the Reds, Liverpool put their hosts to the sword in the second half to record one of their biggest ever top-flight wins.

The result means Liverpool stay top of the Premier League at Christmas for the third successive season, while Palace remain comfortably mid-table.

Full report

Southampton 0-1 Man City

Manchester City returned to winning ways with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Southampton.

Raheem Sterling turned home a Kevin De Bruyne cross to give City an early lead and they were able to hold on to secure all three points after back-to-back Premier League draws.

Southampton went into the game third in the table having suffered just one defeat in their previous 11 games, but City did enough to secure the three points, although they were unable to add to their early advantage.

Pep Guardiola’s side looked resolute at the back throughout, although they have yet to hit their stride going forward and have amassed just 19 goals from their first 13 Premier League games this season.

Full report

Everton 2-1 Arsenal

There will be no merry Christmas for struggling Arsenal as a 2-1 defeat at Goodison Park made it seven league matches without victory to increase manager Mikel Arteta’s woes.

While his former club are upwardly mobile again after three victories in eight days moved them to second in the table the Spaniard is struggling to see where his next three points are coming from.

If there is any encouragement for Arteta it is that before victories over Chelsea, Leicester and now the Gunners Carlo Ancelotti’s team were on a run of one win in seven.

Full report

Newcastle 1-1 Fulham

Callum Wilson’s eighth goal of the season handed Newcastle a draw they scarcely deserved as 10-man Fulham saw two points slip from their grasp.

Wilson won and converted a 64th-minute penalty to snatch a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park, in the process equalling his Premier League tally for Bournemouth in the whole of last season.

Fulham, who had defender Joachim Andersen sent off for the challenge which led to the spot-kick, were deservedly ahead at the break courtesy of Matt Ritchie’s own goal and enjoyed the better of the first hour with Ademola Lookman a constant threat.

Full report

Sunday 20 December

Brighton 1-1 Sheffield Utd

Brighton rescued a point against 10-man Sheffield United thanks to a late goal by Danny Welbeck at the Amex Stadium.

The visitors had been reduced in numbers when John Lundstram was given his marching orders for a bad tackle after the intervention of the VAR in the 40th minute.

But it was they who would take the lead when Jayden Bogle scored his first goal for the club midway through the second half.

However, the Blades' search for a first win of the season will extend into their 15th game of the season after Welbeck's late equaliser broke Chris Wilder's heart.

Full report

Tottenham 0-2 Leicester

Spurs' title challenge was dealt another blow on Sunday afternoon as Leicester deservedly triumphed 2-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Serge Aurier's reckless barge into Wesley Fofano gifted Jamie Vardy the opening goal from the penalty spot in the dying moments of the first half.

And the Foxes had another ruled out for a marginal offside when James Justin played James Maddison through on goal for the England playmaker to smash home.

It wasn't to matter in the end however as Toby Alderweireld put through his own net midway through the second half to give Leicester some breathing room.

The home side were disappointing in possession all afternoon but they came closest to scoring when Heung-min Son's close range effort forced Kasper Schmeichel into a stunning reflex stop.

But the result was all Leicester deserved on an afternoon that saw Brendan Rodgers get one over on his former mentor Jose Mourinho.

Full report

Man Utd 6-2 Leeds

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer oversaw a stunning reunion with bitter rivals Leeds as Manchester United scored six in a home Premier League match for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

The Norwegian came on as a substitute in the last league meeting of these old foes in February 2004 and masterminded an unforgettable victory when they renewed hostilities at an empty Old Trafford on Sunday.

Scott McTominay’s superb early brace set the tone in a wild first half in which Bruno Fernandes and Victor Lindelof also scored before Leeds captain Liam Cooper clawed one back.

Full report

West Brom 0-3 Aston Villa

Sam Allardyce’s reign at West Brom got off to a miserable start as the 10-man Baggies slumped to a wretched defeat against Aston Villa.

Anwar El Ghazi’s double and Bertrand Traore’s sublime strike earned the visitors a dominant 3-0 derby win.

Jake Livermore’s first-half dismissal for a reckless challenge on Jack Grealish – upgraded from a yellow card after a VAR review – added to the nightmare for Allardyce.

Full report

Monday 21 December

Burnley v Wolves - 5.30pm, NOW TV via BT TV

Burnley will be bidding to maintain their mini-revival when they welcome Wolves to Turf Moor in the first part of a Monday night double bill.

The Clarets had dropped back into the relegation zone after Fulham's draw with Brighton on Wednesday, but a goalless draw of their own against Aston Villa - and a third unbeaten game - lifted them back above the Cottagers.

Since being thrashed at the Etihad by Manchester City in late November, Sean Dyche's side have held Everton, beaten Arsenal and frustrated Villa to give their survival mission a welcome shot in the arm.

Dyche is optimistic his side are now heading in the right direction after a difficult start to the season.

"We had a big result at Arsenal but doing the basics well has been important to us since we've been in the Premier League," he told reporters on Thursday night.

"Now we have to find the balance of opening the team up enough to make sure we score more goals."

Visitors Wolves will of course be without striker Raul Jimenez as he continues to recover from a fractured skull.

Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito Santo will be hopeful in-form winger Pedro Neto can fill the goalscoring void left by Jimenez's absence. 

Neto has been involved in six goals in 13 Premier League games this season, forming a formidable attacking partnership with fellow winger Daniel Podence.

 

Chelsea v West Ham - 8pm, NOW TV via BT TV

Matchday 14 concludes with one of the fiercest rivalries in English football as west Londoners Chelsea play host to their east London foes West Ham at Stamford Bridge.

It means a reunion for Blues boss Frank Lampard as he goes up against the club where he made his name as a young player.

Lampard's immediate focus will be on halting a worrying mini slump that has seen Chelsea lose their last two Premier League games.

The last time the Blues lost three top-flight games on the spin was over five years ago and a win on Monday evening will be crucial if Chelsea harbour any real hope of challenging for Liverpool's crown. 

With Chelsea's title challenge on a knife-edge, Lampard has called on his young stars to "wake up" ahead of a busy festive period.

“We need to reflect on the two games we have lost points in, which is disappointing, but also know this is a long season. We have to bounce back; the players have to bounce back," he said.

"We’re a young group, some players are new to this league, they need to wake up to what this is about right now, because games like the last two prove it.”