In a new series to 2Bit Sports, we take a quick look back at the previous game week and pick out some of the key takeaways from the weekend’s action!
Last season saw the blue side of Manchester dominate all in front of them and easily romp home as Premier League Champions. This season they started their campaign away to Arsenal at the Emirates. This traditionally might have been a tough fixture, however, this year didn’t pose too much of a threat to the Champions. They brushed aside a rather lackluster Arsenal side and could really have won by more!
This doesn’t really answer whether or not City have improved from last year but more so asks questions about Arsenal. Have they improved sufficiently where they can challenge for the top-4 again? Right now (and I’m fully aware it’s only week 1) you would have to be concerned for them! A lack of exciting signing have reduced expectations for the Woolwich club and should make for some entertaining Arsenal Fan TV!
Man City will be pleased with their opening weekend victory, especially being able to win so comprehensively with many first team players absent from their starting XI! Tougher challenges lie ahead, but as of now, they are in a league of their own!
The opening game of the season saw Manchester United crawl over the finish line against a plucky Leicester City side who in truth, will be disappointed not to have gotten a result at Old Trafford. Stand-In-Captain Paul Pogba put United ahead after two minutes when he converted a spot-kick. The impressive Luke Shaw doubled the lead before Leicester laid seige upon David De Gea, Jamie Vardy finally netting in the 93rd minute.
United have continued into this season like the finished the last; uninspiring. Jose Mourinho & his troops will do well and should secure Top-4 again, but performances like this against better sides will not be good enough!
Mauricio Pochettino has put his faith in the squad from last season to go and do even better this campaign! Being the first Premier League club not to sign a player in the Summer Transfer window since it’s inception in 2003, many expect Spurs to struggle to recreate the resilient form they showed last season, especially with a large contingent of their first team having had a long involvement in the World Cup in Russia. But they managed to go to St. James’s Park and get the win against a stubborn Newcastle side, with a large slice of luck! Vertonghen’s opening goal being awarded by the goal detection system (it only crossed the line by 0.9cm!!!!) and then in the second half the Geordies hit both the post and the crossbar! Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good and that summed up Spurs on Saturday morning!
There is high expectation of Liverpool this season (and rightly so!) after spending over £170m upgrading the squad. You have to be challenging for the title after investing so much money in the team. Much like Manchester City, they were not overly challenged this weekend. West Ham never looked a threat and Liverpool could of had more than the 4 they scored but they will put absolute fear into the hearts of any defense it faces!
Chelsea looked comfortable in dispatching Huddersfield, while Everton & Wolves played out an entertaining 2-2 draw, new signing Richarlison getting a brace for the Toffees. He could be a dark-horse for signing of the summer!
Elsewhere, there were wins for Bournemouth at home to Cardiff, Crystal Palace away at Fulham and Watford at home to Brighton. Finally Southampton drew at home with Burnley.
A good opening weekend of action in the Barclay’s Premier League. It’s going to take a few weeks to get a proper gauge on who will have a good season & who will struggle. A lot will be determined by how the sides react when their World Cup stars integrate back into the starting XI.
But I think we can all agree, it’s great to have Football back again!