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Tuesday Hoddle of Coffee: Boxing Day Recap, December 27, 2016

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Yesterday was incredibly annoying.

Manchester United v Sunderland - Premier League Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images

So yesterday was as crap as we all thought it would be, I think. United and Chelsea won at a canter while Arsenal Arsenaled a late win against a bunkered-in opponent. City won too. So far so annoying. We probably shouldn’t expect Stoke to do much against Liverpool today either so come the showdown with Southampton tomorrow it will be on us to hold serve against our top four rivals. How hopeful are you all feeling about that? It’s away from the Lane, which is where virtually all our trouble has come this year. So that’s a concern. That said, Southampton has been erratic and still hasn’t really settled on a regular attacking system, from what I can tell. What do you all think?

On to the links:

Howler remembers a time that match fixers actually got what they had coming.

66 goals in 10 games: Remembering Boxing Day 1963

Futbolgrad took an interesting look at the problems with the winter break in Ukrainian football.

The Making of Luis Suarez: A Year in Groningen