The first two games of the season gave us thirteen goals in epic thrillers. Let us look into how gameweek 2 might shape up to foster the excitement as the Premier League table shapes up.
The West London Vs North London rivalry happens to be the biggest ticket of the season so far as Spurs enter the game being favorites against defending champions Chelsea. The cruelest thing about this game is that Spurs are yet to sign a single player this window, while Chelsea has already swooped in Morata, Bakayoko and Rudiger trying to improve their attack, midfield and defense respectively, but massively failing to impress as they lost 3-2 against Burnley at Stamford Bridge last week. Costa is making life tougher for Chelsea as he proclaimed that he will never return to Chelsea again as his move to Athletico Madrid is near.
Manchester City will be facing Everton in an interesting display as the Premier League’s most influential attacking line-up will be coming up against the most fashionable defense in the league. The best thing though is that both the managers are ambitious enough to earn points to move towards the top half of the table. The signing of Sigurdsson last Wednesday boosts the confidence in the dressing room as Koeman will be hoping to start both his marquee signings for the first time together. Well, for Guardiola, we have no clue who will be starting and who will be benched. The coming weeks will give us a better idea of what is in progress.
Jurgen Klopp will be looking to rest some of his first-team players as they prepare for the final leg of the Champions League qualifier after winning the first leg 2-1 against Hoffenheim. Coutinho is also a big weakness for the club as it remains a mystery to us as to whether he will be lining up for Liverpool or Barcelona come September. On the contrary, Mamadou Sakho will be the man who will be missed the most by both the set of fans this week as Crystal Palace are still acclimatizing to the managerial change as De Boer brings his own philosophy to the club.
The exceptional debut performance from Nemanja Matic provided a huge boost for Mourinho as his preferred 4-2-3-1 balance gets a better credibility than the 4-3-3 he had been using last term. Well, the loser? Ander Herrera. The Spaniard had been one of the most pivotal players in the United side for the past couple of seasons but given the circumstances, it will be really hard to fit in Herrera into the starting line up unless Mata or Mkhitaryan fails to impress.
Mark Huges has that urge to start a season with a bang but then slowly fall out. The first week Stoke did put up an influential performance but thanks to a header by Rooney, he failed to collect any point. Next stop, a home game against Arsenal and with the availability of Jese Rodrigez whom they signed on loan this week. On the contrary, Wenger will be well aware of his defense and he will be knowing that it might take more than just an average performance if they wish to gather the full three points.
Predicted Scoreline for Premier League Gameweek 2:
Swansea 0-1 Man Utd
Bournemouth 3-1 Watford
Burnley 0-0 West Brom
Leicester 2-1 Brighton
Liverpool 2-1 Crystal Palace
Southampton 2-2 West Ham
Stoke 1-3 Arsenal
Huddersfield 1-1 Newcastle
Spurs 2-0 Chelsea
Man City 4-2 Everton
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