Another weekend of Premier League action has flown by and left us with a lot to ponder on. Let us look at the top 10 talking points from this gameweek.
Manchester United keep up their hot form
Manchester United began their second gameweek right from where they left off in the first. Ruthless as ever in attack, scoring three goals in the space of 3 minutes as they trounced Swansea 4-0. This was their best start to a league campaign for over 100 years.
Watford with their first win of the campaign
Watford visited the Vitality Stadium in high hopes; after rescuing a point with a last-ditch goal against Liverpool in their first home game of the season. Goals from new boy Richarlison and last seasons hero Capoue rounded off a tidy performance away to Bournemouth. Three vital points away from home for Marco Silva’s men.
Burnley fall to Albion
Burnley and West Bromwich Albion were off to a strong start with both the teams registering victories in their respective first game of the season. When the two sides met at Turf Moor, there was a lot at stake as either of the teams aimed at some points in the bag early on in the season. Hal Robson Kanu had an eventful game as he scored the game’s only goal and was sent off minutes later. The Baggies held on for all three points to get 6 out of 6 points in the first two games.
Same old Arsenal
Arsenal were compelled to their first defeat of the season by Stoke. On-loan striker Jese slotted in the only goal of the game. While Arsenal did have a massive share of the ball; their shoddy passing and finishing was their undoing as they came out of the game with plenty of unanswered questions heading into next week’s test at Anfield.
Leicester get their first win of the season
Leicester City registered their first victory of the season after a 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion. Goals from Okazaki and a first goal for Maguire sealed all three points for the home team. The match, however, was marred by the ongoing rumours regarding the future of Riyad Mahrez. Will he stay with the Foxes for this season?
Liverpool 1-0 Palace
Liverpool ensured their first 3 points of the season in their victory over Crystal Palace at home, courtesy of a goal from Sadio Mane. Much of the build-up to kick off was focused on the rumours of Mane picking up an injury during training; but those rumours were quashed as Sadio took to the field. This game also saw the debut of Robertson who did a commendable job at Left Back. Moreover, that’s two losses out of two for de Boer; not a promising start to his career in English top flight.
Southampton claim three points over a bitterly disappointed West Ham
West Ham and Slaven Bilic were left with a bitter taste of defeat; their second on the trot as a last ditch Charlie Austin penalty heaped more misery upon the Hammers. Having gone a man down after a moment of madness from Arnautovic; West Ham fought back valiantly to come back into the game from two goals down, Hernandez with the brace. Their efforts went in vain, however, as Zabaleta’s foul on Yoshida in the dying minutes of the game lead to the penalty that Austin converted.
Huddersfield’s on a run of their own
Huddersfield came out of their first home game of the season as victors over Newcastle United. The game had the Championship feel in it for the most part of the game as both the teams didn’t get going, but an Aaron Mooy strike into the second half was enough to seal all three points.
That’s 6 points in 2 games for the promoted team; promising signs indeed.
Spurs’ Wembley woes continue
Tottenham played their first home game of the season against Chelsea. The onus was on the home team to dispose of Chelsea as the visitors had notable absentees and were fresh from a home defeat to Burnley. Tottenham have a miserable record at Wembley and that continued; as a Marcus Alonso brace saw Chelsea over the line in this tight encounter.
Manchester City fight back against Everton
Wayne Rooney wrote his name into the record books for being the first player to have scored 200+ Premier League goals and assisted a 100 more. City again had a mammoth share of the ball but lacked conviction in front of goal. They were not helped by the sending off of Kyle Walker just before half time. City came out all guns blazing in the second half and rallied back with a goal from Raheem Sterling 8 minutes from time. Morgan Schneiderlin received his marching orders after a second bookable offence on Sergio Aguero to make matters even in the dying minutes of the game. But Everton held on to snatch a point at the Etihad.