That’s a wrap for the second week of the season! Who knew it was the defences week off?? Goals galore.
Saturday kicked off with Everton decapitating West Brom at home 5-2. I am finding myself falling into the same hole I do every season with Everton. Firmly believing they are now the the real deal. This time however, I actually think they are (bear with me). The signing of James Rodriguez is huge, on his day he is one of the best players in the world and with big Carlo putting his arm around him he could do extremely well this year. Richardson has been a consistent performer for a long time and Calvert Lewin looks like he’s more than capable of sticking the goals away now which makes for an exciting front 3.
Sitting in behind them the Doucoure/Allan/Gomes combo seems to be the perfect balance of poise, aggression and dynamism. The problems may come if significant injuries occur but all looks good so far!
West Brom can still take positives from the defeat, Pereira and Dianganga look like they can replicate their championship form and if they do then they will have a glimmer of hope of survival. Clearly not going to be an easy task for Mr. Bilic though.
Leeds continued their campaign to be the most batshit mental team the Premiership has ever seen. Banging three in against Liverpool followed by another four against Fulham is impressive. Less impressive is conceding seven too. Ultimately I think Bielsa will sort them out. Last year they were a solid defensive outfit but we will see!
I really worry for Fulham this year, simply don’t look like a premier league team on paper. Scott Parker’s interviews are what you could describe as a bit odd at the moment. I can only imagine how bizarre his monologues will be as the pressure grows.
Crystal Palace made it two wins from two aganst United, flames play from the front three which the ropey United defence couldn’t get near. This will surely spark United into a flurry of panic transfer action. Will this be the splashing of the cash on Sancho or instead some lesser quality panic buy who will no doubt be described as ‘deadwood’ in two seasons as tends to happen with United. We will wait and see but we should expect a few incomings soon as they looked dismal.
Arsenal rounded things up just beating the Hammers. Not a vintage performance from the Gunners but just did enough. Troubling times for West Ham, doesn’t look a happy camp and a replica of their form pre lockdown will spell big trouble.
Are we witnessing the return of Mourinho? In typical Mourinho form he made a controversial sub at half time, this time it was Ndombole’s turn, despite sparking the qualiser. It did however prove to be the right move as Spurs went on to rout Southampton 5-2, the Kane and Son link up proving far too much to handle for the Saints!
Brighton are my dark horses for the season, there I said it. Graham Potter has now had chance to work his magic and a big win against Newcastle is impressive. Liverpool took the win against Chelsea after another Kepa howler, I think we can be fairly certain he won’t be in goal once the transfer window closes! Señor Sarri will be somewhere smoking and laughing away.
Another goal fest saw Leicester comfortably beat big Sean Dyches Burnley. Castagne looks a real find at right back and will be interesting to see what happens once Pereira returns. Barnes looked a real threat throughout, expecting a big season from him!
Villa managed to just get passed a ten man Sheffield United side. The referee couldn’t have been more desperate to get the red out for Egan, obviously has a lot of rivals with him in his FPL mini leagues!
Finally to wrap it up, City just edged out Portugal, sorry I mean Wolves. City started on fire and looked lethal in the first half, what a player KDB is. However a Raul Jimenez goal made it a nervy end for Peps men! Podence looks a very decent player, with a cheeky nutmeg on KDB the highlight.
We can now look forward to next weeks fixtures! Keep your eyes peeled for a preview article coming up later this week!