With the season in full swing, Premier League football is well and truly back. There were some good matchups this week, with plenty of action. Goals, VAR drama, and lightning-quick play made this week a good one. Burnley traveled to the Emirates to face Arsenal on Saturday. The match ended 2-1 in favor of the Gunners, who put on a […]
With the season in full swing, Premier League football is well and truly back. There were some good matchups this week, with plenty of action. Goals, VAR drama, and lightning-quick play made this week a good one.
Burnley traveled to the Emirates to face Arsenal on Saturday. The match ended 2-1 in favor of the Gunners, who put on a dominant display led by midfield maestro Dani Ceballos. He had a magnificent home debut, assisting both goals and putting on a show for the home side. Arsenal controlled the possession, having 67.5% of the ball. Burnley played their typical way, launching the ball out wide for Ashley Barnes to chase and make his presence known. He got on the scoresheet again, bringing his Premier League tally to three goals in two games. Hopefully, we will get to see of Nicolas Pepe as well, who was incredible in the 45 minutes he was on.
Villa kicked off their first home match of the season against Bournemouth, ending in a 2-1 defeat for Villa. Early mistakes cost them, with a penalty converted in just the second minute for the visitors. Although Villa had most of the possession and outshot Bournemouth 22 to 12, it took a special effort from new signing Douglas Luiz to get the home side on the score sheet. Villa has lost its opening 2 fixtures, conceding five goals in the process. They face a tough Everton side at home next. Bournemouth will hope to continue their positive performances against City when they travel to the Etihad on the 23rd.
Brighton hosted West Ham United, ending in a 1-1 draw. Brighton had the majority of the ball, playing a completely revamped system under Graham Potter. Manuel Pellegrini’s side continues to struggle in the middle of the park but managed to score first through Mexican International Chicharito Hernandez. New signing Leandro Trossard leveled things up on his home debut, rescuing the point for the Seagulls. Brighton completed almost 500 passes, which shows how effective their new system is. They will look to keep up their form against Southampton next weekend.
Everton hosted strugglers Watford, winning the match 1-0 and keeping consecutive clean sheets to open the season. Bernard opened the scoring early, finishing in the bottom left corner in the 10th minute. Lucas Digne continues to excel, having joined from Barcelona last season. He had the most crosses last season and continues to prove himself a bargain for the Toffees. Watford had more of the ball and controlled the tempo more in the second half, but struggle to create clear opportunities in the final third. They need to get off the mark soon, or their season could implode.
Norwich hosted Newcastle at Carrow Road, putting together a brilliant 3-1 performance. Teemu Pukki scored a hat trick, continuing his fine form from last season’s Championship success. Norwich continues to play their style of football, which will be successful against weaker sides. The Canaries really controlled this game, making sure to create chances for their goal-scoring machine Pukki. Newcastle continues to struggle, with new signings Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin not getting the service they need to create real chances. Steve Bruce has a tough job ahead, with Newcastle making serious financial investments this summer.
Liverpool traveled south to the coast to face Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium on Saturday. Liverpool continues to show signs of being off the pace but got all three points thanks to goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool’s defense gave away a few chances, but it took an effort from Danny Ings to take advantage of Adrian’s mistakes on the day. Liverpool may have had the majority of possession and shots on target, but looked vulnerable on the counter. Allison Becker is out injured and with him missing between the sticks, Liverpool could be privy to more mistakes.
City hosted Tottenham for the marquee matchup this week. City dominated the match, with 30 shots (10 shots on goal), but dropped points to Spurs. Spurs scored on two shots on target, with Ederson having horrible positioning for Erik Lamela’s finish. Lucas Moura scored on a corner, being left unmarked by the Cityzens. A controversial VAR decision went against City, who had scored through Gabriel Jesus late on. City will hope to get back to winning form next week, while Spurs have to resolve their major problem regarding Christian Erikson and his new contract.
Sheffield hosted Premier League football at Bramall Lane for the first time in over a decade, with Crystal Palace visiting the Blades on Sunday. Sheffield controlled a good part of the game, scoring the only goal through John Lundstram, who has now scored in all four tiers of English professional football. Sheffield has a great base to build upon, showing their defensive solidity which got them promoted last season. Palace continues to struggle going forward, overly-reliant on Wilf Zaha to create goal-scoring chances. Palace has yet to win this season, and with no major signings made this summer, could be in for a tough season ahead.
Frank Lampard got his home debut as a manager for Chelsea, who hosted Leicester at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Youngster Mason Mount scored first off of a mistake from Wilfried Ndidi, but Chelsea failed to put the game out of reach. Leicester controlled the second half, creating a lot of chances. They equalized through Ndidi, who made up for his mistake in the first half. James Madison continues to shine for The Foxes, assisting the goal and creating more chances as the match went on. Lampard has to address the Chelsea squad, who continue to lose out as matches wear on. With no wins yet, surely he is dying to get 3 points next week at Norwich.
Monday night football is back this season, and I’m not talking about the NFL. 3pm was the kickoff at Molineux as Wolves hosted Manchester United. United went up in the first half thanks to Anthony Martial, who is proving to be a problem for back lines across the league. In the second half, Wolves came into their own, dominating the tempo and pressing United. Ruben Neves scored an absolute peach, his 10th goal from outside of the penalty area as a Wolves player. The match ended 1-1, and with Wolves already stealing points from the top clubs, they will surely continue their success. Ruben Neves, take a bow son.
That about wraps up our review for this week. Arsenal travel to Anfield to face Liverpool this next matchday, which will surely be a cracker of a match. The season is well and truly on, so be sure to tune in to watch the matches this upcoming weekend.