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The Daily Dirt: Premier League leaders stumble on Boxing Day

It was a good weekend for England's underdogs.

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Boxing Day — that's December 26 for those uninitiated Americans — provided a full slate of Barclays Premier League games, and the action didn't disappoint. The biggest headline of the day was Leicester City, surprise league leader, falling at Jurgen Klopp's up-and-down Liverpool, 1-0. Struggling Liverpool striker Christian Benteke came on as an injury sub and bagged the winner in the 63rd minute, and Leicester was held without a goal for the first time this season. It was the Foxes' second loss this year.

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And with a chance to move top of the table, Arsenal fell flat on its face. Among Southampton's many goals was this beauty from Cuco Martina:

Stoke City 2-0 Manchester United: Potters leave Van Gaal on the brink [The Busby Babe]

Things have gone from worse to even worse for Manchester United's Louis van Gaal. It's not a matter of if, but when the manager will be fired.

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That's one point from one game for interim Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink, That's a better average than sacked special one Jose Mourinho, who compiled 15 points in 16 games this year.

What's happening in The A?

The Falcons have been mired in another disappointing season, but somehow ended the Carolina Panthers' bid for an undefeated season on Sunday. That's two wins in a row for Atlanta, but unfortunately the team's playoff hopes have been dashed.

The Hawks keep on winning, and their streak has reached six games. After knocking off the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, Atlanta blew out the New York Knicks Saturday night. The Hawks picked up a 17-point victory over New York even though they fell behind by 15 in the first quarter.