Ings stunner, City riot and Lukaku bullies Arsenal.
Danny Ings scored a stunner for Villa, City showed what they are made up of, Lukaku could be Chelsea’s missing piece and Antonio creates history. Read the roundup from the second game week of the Premier League with a new section, predictions.
Liverpool 2-0 Burnley
Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle
Crystal Palace 0-0 Brentford
Leeds United 2-2 Everton
Man City 5-0 Norwich
Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 Watford
Southampton 1-0 Man United
Wolves 0-1 Tottenham
Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea
West Ham 4-1 Leicester
Liverpool win comfortably at home to Burnley:
Liverpool played in front of a sold out Anfield for the first time in 18 months as they ran all over Burnley. Goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane did the deed but it could have easily been more if not for some last-ditch defending from the Clarets. Jürgen Klopp’s side look like they have recovered their best form.
Aston Villa secure their first win of the season:
What an introduction to Villa Park from Danny Ings 🤯 pic.twitter.com/GhgmcUNjuU— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 22, 2021
Danny Ings scored a magnificent overhead kick as he scored two from two for the Villans. Villa were awarded a penalty in the second half by referee David Coote after consulting VAR. Jamaal Lascelles was adjudged to have handled the ball from a Tyrone Mings header and Anwar El Ghazi scored the resultant penalty.
Palace and Brentford play out a goalless draw:
The first London, Derby of the weekend ended just how it started as both teams failed to find the back of the net. Conor Gallagher struck the crossbar for the Eagles as Patrick Vieira got his first point.
Leeds and Everton share the spoils in an entertaining draw:
Everton went ahead twice in the fixture and Leeds equalised twice in an entertaining draw at Elland Road. VAR had its say in a penalty appeal as Dominic Calvert-Lewin won and scored the goal emphatically. Mateusz Klich equalised for the Whites just before halftime. Demarai Gray put the Toffies ahead before Raphinha scored a beautiful curler to secure a draw.
City recover from a dull start to thrash Norwich:
Manchester City have recovered from a poor form start as they thrashed the Canaries 5-0 in a one-sided affair. City might still go for a striker in the transfer market but Gabriel Jesus will be hoping that he gets to be the first choice striker after putting in a splendid performance. City’s record signing Jack Grealish scored his first goal for his new club with a tap in.
Brighton win against Watford:
Shane Duffy scored the opener for the Seagulls, making his first appearance in 13 months, after spending last season on loan at Celtic. Neal Maupay added the second after a brilliant interception by Yves Bissouma in the attacking third left him in a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper. Watford had some late chances but couldn’t capitalise on them.
United falter on the South Coast:
United couldn’t repeat their attacking performance on display last weekend as they held on for a draw at Southampton. Bruno Fernandes lost the ball in United’s half and Che Adam’s shot was deflected off Fred for an own goal. Mason Greenwood got the equaliser following good link-up play between Fernandes and Paul Pogba. 18-year-old Valentino Livramento impressed for the Saints.
Nuno leaves Molineux with three points:
New Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo returned to his old club and won all three points courtesy of a Dele Alli penalty. Wolves keeper José Sá brought down Alli in the penalty area and he converted it. Harry Kane came off the bench for the last twenty minutes with his future at Tottenham still unclear.
Ruthless Chelsea punish Arsenal:
Romelu Lukaku had a dream start to his second stint with Chelsea as he scored with just 15 minutes on the clock following a Reece James cross. A well-worked team move culminated with Mason Mount finding Reece James free on the right-wing as he scored Chelsea’s second. Arsenal have lost their first two games of the season without scoring for the first time in their history.
Foxes self-destruct at London Stadium:
A complete defensive collapse and an Ayoze Perez red card led to a 4-1 thrashing from West Ham. Jamie Vardy gave away the ball with a lazy pass and a swift counterattack from West Ham finished with Pablo Fornals scoring from Saïd Benrahma’s cross. Ayoze Perez then got sent off for a dangerous challenge on the goalscorer but only after referee Michael Oliver was asked to take a look at the on-field monitor by VAR. A blunder from Çağlar Söyüncü in the second half led to Benrahma putting the ball into an open goal. Leicester pulled one back in the 69th minute after a well-worked team goal caught the Hammers off guard. However, Michail Antonio had the final say of the night with a double as he became West Ham’s top scorer in the Premier League overtaking Paolo Di Canio.
Premier League games to keep an eye on:
Manchester City host Arsenal at home in the early kickoff as the day finishes with table leaders Chelsea travelling to Liverpool. Spurs host Watford on Sunday with Manchester United visiting Molineux. Table-toppers West Ham host Crystal Palace.
Manchester City should have an easy day out against a struggling Arsenal defence. Leicester will be looking to rebuild their confidence with a win over Norwich. Liverpool vs Chelsea should be a very interesting watch and there might be a lot of close calls this weekend.
Raphael Varane did not come off the bench for United but could make his first start against Wolves. Not a lot of transfer activity but Harry Kane’s future is still unclear with less than 10 days to go for the window to shut.
If you have any Arsenal defenders on your team, time to get rid of them now (including Ben White). Gabriel Jesus could start following an impressive display but there is every right for İlkay Gündoğan to be the star of the show. Brentford started well against Arsenal but their attack needs more work so Emiliano Martinez could be looking at a clean sheet on Saturday. Brighton vs Everton has goals written all over it and Dominic Calvert-Lewin should be a must-have. It’s hard to say what could happen between Liverpool and Chelsea but Romelu Lukaku can be a difficult man to keep out and he will be my captain pick. Hammers duo of Benhrama and Antonio could be a very productive pair.
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