tTwo weekends in the books and the Premier League has not disappointed to open up the new campaign. Manchester United is dominating, Chelsea is (dare I say) back, and Spurs and Arsenal are doing their best Spurs and Arsenal impressions. Let’s take a look at the table:
1. Manchester United (?? no change)
2. Manchester City (?? no change)
The £50m man, Kyle Walker, saw a first half red card and the living legend and revitalized Wayne Rooney gave the Toffees a 1 goal lead headed into the half. It’d take a late equalizer from Raheem Sterling to salvage a point in a game that will surely be looked at as a disappointment for the Citizens.
3. Chelsea (?? 4 spots)
Are the Blues back? The Blues are back, thanks to Pele leading the charge, I mean Marcos Alonso. A beautiful free kick in the first half, and I mean beautiful. So, beautiful in fact you can see future Chelsea man (oh, did I say that out loud?) Toby Alderwiereld attempting to give it a little kiss.
I appreciated the 2-goal performance from the often criticized left wingback, but only fractionally as much as Michy Batshuayi, who almost handed Tottenham a point with an own goal late.
Salaud ??? je voulais mourir frero heureusement on gagne
— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) August 20, 2017
(Bastard ??? I wanted to die BRO fortunately we win)
4. Tottenham (?? 1 spot)
The Wembley voodoo continues, 2 wins in their last 10 at their temporary home and Harry Kane’s August curse continues. So Spursy.
5. Everton (?? 1 spot)
The Prince that was promised! Wayne Rooney turning back the clock this season with 2 goals in 2 games for his boyhood club and Everton looks the best they have in years. Rooney participated in his favorite pastime, tormenting season ticket holders at the Etihad.
Always nice to see a few familiar faces ??? pic.twitter.com/pr15fYfG7q
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) August 21, 2017
August 21st, 2017: I’m calling it now, you’ll see Everton achieving a Top-4 finish this year.
6. Liverpool (?? no change)
Liverpool squeaked out a 1-0 win thanks to Sadio Mane, who is doing a terrific job taking up the brunt of offensive responsibility as Coutinho bides his time until he makes a move to the Camp Nou.
7. Arsenal (?? 3 spots)
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— Stoke Police (@Policingstoke) August 20, 2017
What an Arsenal-like game this was. Just uninspired and lacking with star players failing to show up when the Gunners needed them most. A controversial offside call against Lacazette sealed their fate as they drop 3 points to juggernauts Stoke City.
8. West Brom (?? no change)
The Welsh Jeff Fisher! Tony Pulis looking to guide his boys inside the Top 10 this year after a nice start as West Brom look like a tough opponent out of the gate.
9. Watford (?? 2 spots)
New boy Richarlison netted his first of many Premier League goals Saturday and what do you know, one of my teams to watch is making moves and looking strong to start the year.
A team with an uncanny ability to redefine itself year in and year out with mass exodus and recruitment of players seems to have found a formula that works.
10. Southampton (?? 1 spot)
Wait, Southampton scored 3 goals? 3! A team that was wildly unlucky last year putting the ball in the net found a little mojo Saturday and Charlie Austin’s late penalty kick sealed 3 points for the squad.
11. Leicester City (?? 1 spot)
Riyad Mahrez is handling a transfer saga like any professional should and Harry Maguire looks like everything Man City was hoping John Stones would be, but for £35m less.
12. Huddersfield Town (?? 4 spots)
It took all of 2 weekends for us to find our darlings for the 17/18 campaign as Huddersfield looks prepared for the big stage of the Premier League. Don’t look now, but after a match up with Southampton this coming week there’s a real chance that the new boys are sitting atop the table with 9 points come next week’s rankings.
13. Stoke City (?? 6 spots)
I trashed Stoke last week and I still don’t think they’re very good, but the addition of Jese on loan from PSG paid immediate dividends in the form of the lone goal against Arsenal. And all of a sudden pairing him with Shaqiri gives them a legitimate tandem of pace and attack that can cause a headache on any given day.
14. Swansea City (?? 4 spots)
The absence of striker Fernando Llorente is wearing on the Swans and losing Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton (finally) isn’t helping. It was apparent as Chelsea loanee (and future superstar) Tammy Abraham was a studs length away on a number of chances, but just couldn’t find the touch he needed.
15. West Ham (?? 1 spot)
The Hammers conceded six goals without response to open the year before Chicharito found the back of the net twice to pull them level on Saturday against Southampton before a rash challenge in the box lead to their demise. A brutal start for a team that was picked to battle for a Top-6 place.
16. Crystal Palace (?? 3 spots)
Crystal Palace has started the season just as bad as any team possibly could (well, besides Newcastle), it looks dreary in this part of London with little positive to take away from the start to their year.
17. Burnley (?? no change)
The bigger they hard, the harder they fall. The Premier League giants Burnley failed to follow up their opening weekend victory against Chelsea with a result and look quite Burnley-like in the process.
However, the addition of £15m+ and top goal scorer in the Championship last season, Chris Wood, should add the fire power they need to avoid relegation.
18. Bournemouth (?? no change)
The magic is gone folks.
19. Newcastle United (?? 4 spots)
Another team to watch… is one to watch for all the wrong reasons after two weeks.
The very worst start to the season I could imagine. Newcastle was undoubtedly the most talented team in the Championship last season, but now on a more level playing field they’ve failed to find their stride and frugal board could sabotage their season before we even get to September.
20. Brighton & Hove Albion (?? no change)
The opposite start to fellow promoted side, Huddersfield. And it doesn’t look like BHA is ready for primetime and relegation has to already be on their minds.
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