Gameweek 2 in the new season started with a stalemate between Cardiff City and Newcastle United. Then, Everton, Leicester City, Tottenham and Bournemouth won their respective fixtures while Chelsea finished Super Saturday with a hard-earned 3-2 win over Arsenal.
On Sunday, Watford and Manchester City produced magnificent attacking displays to win big against Burnley and Huddersfield, respectively. But the biggest shock of gameweek 2 came in the next match when Manchester United bowed out to Brighton & Hove Albion. Finally, on Monday night, Liverpool continued their free-flowing football and defeated Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Let us now take a look at the best players of gameweek 2.
Hands down, it has to be Neil Etheridge. Not only the Cardiff City custodian made six crucial saves for his team, he actually saved the day. In the dying moments, Newcastle got a penalty and Kennedy stepped up. But, Etheridge guessed it correct, and made a stunning save of the spotkick to keep it goalless. Incidentally, it was his second consecutive penalty save in two weeks, albeit previous time it came during a defeat.
Sol Bamba of Cardiff City provided able support to Etheridge. He recorded as many as 15 important clearances, and that helps him take a central spot in our gameweek 2 best eleven’s backline. He will be joined by Steve Cook, who played a pivotal part in Bournemouth’s comeback against West Ham. Defensively, he was very good, recording 11 clearances throughout the match. But, his contribution was even more on the attacking front. Cook had his part in both goals for the Cherries, as he got one goal and one assist. Virgil Van Dijk and Shane Duffy are two other centre-backs who impressed this week.
In the left flank, similar to gameweek 1, a hoard of wingbacks played brilliantly. Marcos Alonso was magnificent in transition, and recorded one goal and one assist against Arsenal. Benjamin Mendy was good, and provided three key passes to the forwards while took three shots on his own as well. Liverpool’s Andy Robertson continued his good show too. But, in our team, the spot goes to Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell, who was fantastic in both defense and attack. Alongside five tackles and four clearances, he completed four dribbles, sent e key pass and even took chances at the target himself. Chilwell’s partner in the other wing is Kieran Trippier who scored a belter and provided necessary support to the defense.
In the centre of the pitch, David Silva is our first choice. The Spaniard returned to the starting eleven against Huddersfield and he was on song the entire team. He bossed the midfield, sent as many as six key passes and scored a stunning freekick as well. As his partner, we choose Will Huges who played an effective role for Watford. Not only his passing and distribution was well, he also scored a stunner in the Hornets’ 3-1 win over Burnley. Some other central midfielders who played well are Wilfred Ndidi, Christian Eriksen, N’Golo Kante and Abdoulaye Doucoure.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan was Arsenal’s standout player in the defeat to Chelsea. Thanks to his attacking prowess which helped him get a goal and an assist, the Armenian finds a spot in our gameweek 2 best eleven. For the left winger’s role, we choose Sadio Mane who scored against Crystal Palace. His numbers (five dribbles, three key passes and two shots) earn him a place in the best eleven for the second week running. Theo Walcott, Richarlison and Pedro are the other wingers who made their presence felt during gameweek 2.
As attacking midfielders on a central role, Pascal Gross impressed against Manchester United. But, James Maddison was a more instrumental pawn in Leicester City’s 2-0 victory over Wolves. The new signing for the Foxes even helped with his defending skills as well.
Sergio Aguero was surely the best player of gameweek 2. The Argentine scored a hattrick, recorded one assist and destroyed Huddersfield’s hope of any surprise. He is deservedly the forward of our team of the week, which looks as follows.
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