Match Day 2
From Saturday, 19th August 2019 to Monday, 21st August 2019, we were blessed with the best football action courtesy of the English Premier League match day 2.
The first game which kicked off at 12:45 was the game between Swansea and Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium. The game ended 4-0 in favor of the Red Devils with goals from Bailly, Lukaku, Pogba and Martial. The win extended the lead at the top of the log for the Mancunian team as they have acquired maximum points available scoring a total of 8 goals without conceding one. After the performances in the opening two games, several pundits are backing them to finish the season as Champions but their manager; Jose Mourinho has played down their chances by reminding everyone that they won the first three games of last season but ended up 6th.
Swansea are yet to record a win this season as manager Paul Clement begins to feel a little pressure especially after selling Sigurdsson during the previous week. They would hope to replace the midfielder before the end of the transfer window and also find a way to start scoring goals. The game saw loanee Tammy Abraham from Chelsea start for the first time at the Liberty stadium alongside Jordan Ayew but both players could not unlock the Manchester United defence.
Liverpool took on Crystal Palace at Anfield for their first home game of the season but they had an eye for the return leg of their UEFA Champions League playoff against Hoffenheim on Wednesday as summer signing Mohammed Salah started the game from the bench. The game was not a particularly easy one as it took a defensive error from a Palace defender before the Reds could score the only goal of the game. A positive for them is the return of English striker Daniel Sturridge from injury to bolster their strike force.
Palace lost their second game in a row as they although they can take this result with their head held somewhat high. It was one thing to lose 3-0 to premier league debutants Huddersfield by three goals in front of your home fans and a completely different thing to lose to Liverpool at Anfield by a lone goal. They looked more compact and more organized especially in defence in this game and they can hope that they can do better against opposition that is weaker than the Liverpool team.
Arsenal played away at Stoke city and produced what was perhaps the shock of the weekend after losing that game by a lone goal. After their opening game where they scored four goals at home to Leicester on the opening night, the Gunners failed to get a goal at the Britannia stadium much to the anger and disappointment of their fans. They had several penalty shouts waved away by the referee and a goal from new signing Lacazette ruled off as offside at the dying minutes that might have salvaged a draw.
Stoke city new signing Jesse Rodriguez from Real Madrid got off the mark on his debut much to the delight of the home fans. After losing by the same score line away at Everton on the opening weekend, beating Arsenal would be registered as a major boost for the home team and they can hope to build on this.
Chelsea no doubt had the worst possible start on the opening weekend by conceding three goals and having their Captain sent off in the first 45 minutes of their season. The Champions however rallied and fought back to score two goals in that game but also had Fabregas sent off so facing Tottenham away from home was not the type of fixture that they needed. However, having players rise up for a club in a time of need is what makes a club great and in this dark time rose Marcos Alonso who got a brace to edge them 2-1 winners against last season’s runners up.
Alonso scored a stunning free kick early in the first half and got a winner in the dying moments just a few minutes after teammate Michy Batshuayi scored an own goal to level the scores. The Blues also saw new man Tiemoue Bakayoko and the return of Pedro to the team as the Spaniard managed to get a few minutes under his belt after spending the last few days of the preseason on the sidelines because of injury.
Tottenham would hope that the result does not bear any major significance as it is still very early in the season. Last season’s golden boot winner, Harry Kane has still not scored a goal in the season despite having played more shots than anybody else. His best effort came off the upright on Sunday and he knows that his goals have to start coming sooner rather than later as the Spurs rely on them so that they can at least go as far as they did last season.
The last game of the match day saw Manchester City play hosts to Everton at the Etihad stadium on Monday night. Wayne Rooney got his 200th league goal in the first half much to the anger of the Blue Citizens as the former Manchester United man celebrated right in front of them. The City team also saw new signing Kyle Walker sent off in the first half after receiving two quick yellow cards.
City got their equalizer late in the game with substitute Raheem Sterling getting a goal with 6 minutes to play. The game ended 1-1 with Everton also getting a man sent off after Schneiderlin got his second yellow card.
In other games, Huddersfield and West Brom continue their good start to the season as they bought picked up wins against Newcastle and Burnley respectively. Leicester, Watford also got their first points of the season by beating Brighton and West Ham respectively.
Matchday 2 Results
Swansea 0-4 Manchester United
Bournemouth 0-2 Watford
Burnley 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
Leicester City 2-0 Brighton
Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace
Southampton 3-2 West Ham United
Stoke City 1-0 Arsenal
Huddersfield Town 1-0 Newcastle United
Tottenham Hotspurs 1-2 Chelsea
Manchester City 1-1 Everton