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Defoe eyes Fowler's Boxing Day record

24 Dec 2016
Jermain Defoe, Sunderland

A hat-trick at Old Trafford would draw Sunderland striker level with former Liverpool forward

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Jermain Defoe will aim to add to his Boxing Day goal tally when Sunderland take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday.

The 34-year-old striker has scored six Premier League goals on Boxing Day, more than any other current player.

A hat-trick at Old Trafford would draw Defoe level with Robbie Fowler, who holds the record of nine Boxing Day goals. 

Gareth Bale, Spurs
Gareth Bale was the last player to score a hat-trick, for Spurs against Aston Villa, on Boxing Day four years ago

It would be the first Premier League hat-trick on Boxing Day in four years. The last one was scored by Gareth Bale, for Tottenham Hotspur against Aston Villa in 2012.

Alan Shearer and Robbie Keane are behind Fowler on eight goals on 26 December, with Thierry Henry on seven.

Premier League top Boxing Day scorers

Player Goals
Robbie Fowler 9
Alan Shearer 8
Robbie Keane 8
Thierry Henry 7
Jermain Defoe 6

Defoe is also among the leading all-time scores in the festive period. The Sunderland striker scored twice against Aston Villa on 2 January this year to take his tally for the three PL matches after Christmas to 14.

That return took him up to seventh on the all-time list, within one goal of Frank Lampard and Andrew Cole.

Jermain Defoe, Sunderland
Jermain Defoe scores his 14th festive goal in the Premier League against Aston Villa last January

Premier League top Festive period scorers

Player Goals
Alan Shearer 23
Robbie Fowler 18
Dimitar Berbatov 17
Steven Gerrard 16
Andrew Cole, Frank Lampard 15
Jermain Defoe 14

Manchester United are, perhaps not surprisingly, the team to have scored the most Premier League goals on 26 December, with 57.

They are 21 ahead of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, their nearest challengers, with 36 each.

Top-scoring clubs on Boxing Day

Team Goals
Man Utd 57
Liverpool 36
Spurs 36
Chelsea 35
Arsenal 33
Man City 31
Everton 28
West Ham  28

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