I’ve got a quick update this week as most of the leagues around the world were not in action. Players in Australia gave us some goals to check out and the English leagues were busy with a double game week as well.
Let’s check out the Yanks Abroad over the holiday:
Sunderland ended a nine-game winless streak (across all competitions) with a 2-1 win over Doncaster Rovers. Gooch opened the scoring in the 6th minute with his fifth goal of the League One season. The win ended a skid that has dropped them down to 13th place, although they are just five points back from promotion qualification.
She got the first of two goals scored by North Carolina Courage loanees in Western Sydney’s 4-0 hammering of Canberra. Moreover, both goals were scored on second attempts.
Not to be outdone, Williams added the fourth and final goal for Western Sydney.
The Newcastle right back made two appearances in just two days after being injured. He came on for the final 27 minutes of a 4-1 beat down at Manchester United, picking up a yellow card along the way, and then made his first start since November as Everton came to St. James Park for a 2-1 win. HIGHLIGHTS
FotMob: 6.7 | WhoScored: 6.5
1 chance created | 85% passing | 4/6 duels | 1 clearance | 2/3 tackles | 0/1 dribble
Chelsea played two matches over the holiday break, the first was a dreadful 2-0 loss at home against Southampton on Boxing Day in which Pulisic entered in the 67th minute. He was then absent from the roster for the 2-1 win over Arsenal. Many were reporting he has picked up a hamstring injury but the man himself would like everyone to know he is 100%.
Ream played 180 minutes for Fulham over the holiday. The first being a 3-3 draw at Luton Town, then a 1-0 shutout win over Stoke City. Four points in three days has Fulham in 3rd place, but nine points behind Leeds & West Brom for automatic promotion. HIGHLIGHTS
FotMob: 6.8 | WhoScored: 7.8
1 chance created | 78% passing | 7/15 duels | 3 clearances
FotMob: 7.1 | WhoScored: 6.9
2 chance created | 80% passing | 1/1 shot on target | 8/13 duels | 3/5 dribbles | 1/2 tackles
Captaining Hull City, Lichaj played 90 minutes on Thursday in a 2-0 loss to Nottingham Forest and followed that up with another 90 minutes on Sunday as they fell 2-1 at QPR. Hull are exactly mid-table in 12th place at the moment. HIGHLIGHTS
FotMob: 7 | WhoScored: 7
77% passing | 3/6 duels | 4 clearances | 0/2 tackles | 4 interceptions
Holmes has been in good form as of late and he put in 180 minutes over the long weekend. On Boxing Day he helped Derby County to a 1-1 draw with Wigan Athletic in which he was playing in the midfield. On Monday he played 90 minutes in a 2-1 win over Charlton, earning a late yellow for a foul in the 86th minute. He also won 12 duels, the most in the match.
FotMob: 7.8 | WhoScored: 7.8
1 chance created | 83% passing | 1/2 shots on target | 13/20 duels | 1 clearance | 5/7 dribbles | 2/2 tackles | dispossessed once
The youngster has earned a spot in the starting lineup for St. Truiden in Belgium as he has played all but one minute of their last four matches. He got another full shift on Boxing Day in a 1-0 loss at Waasland-Beveren.
The Frosinone forward entered in the 67th minute of a 0-0 draw at Pisa.