premier league matchday 1 review 2017

Premier League Matchday 2 Review: Manchester United Continue Fine Form

Matchday 2 in the Premier League kicked off with Swansea City playing host to Manchester United.

Following their superb 4-0 win against West Ham last time out, United fans were expectant of their side going into the clash against Swansea. Their expectations came to fruition as they were treated to a swashbuckling display of attacking football.

Manchester United maintained a great spell of dominance in a first half that was largely uneventful, but right on the stroke of half time, Eric Bailly popped up with his first goal for Jose Mourinho’s men via a rebound from a corner kick.

The second 45 was similar to the first, up until United turned on the style in the final 10 minutes of the game courtesy of masterclasses from Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial.

The 80th-minute saw Lukaku bag the second goal of the game after latching onto a precise pass from Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

It didn’t take long for Mkhitaryan to set-up another goal as the Armenia international made a smart pass to Pogba who then dinked the ball over Lukasz Fabianski in the 82nd-minute.

Anthony Martial closed the scoring with a well-placed finish in the 84th-minute as Manchester United coasted to a second consecutive 4-0 win in the Premier League.

After snatching a draw in a thrilling contest against Liverpool last time out, Watford were able to grab three points on Saturday against a Bournemouth side that is yet to score a goal this term.

The Hornets left it late, but eventually came away with the win courtesy of goals from Richarlison and Etienne Capoue.

Capoue’s goal was more or less the goal of the afternoon as he volleyed the ball with pace and power to secure his side’s lead late in the game.

Hal Robson-Kanu went from Hero to Villain as West Brom took a trip to Turf Moor for a tough encounter with Burnley.

Burnley went into the game fresh off the back of a 3-2 win away at Stamford Bridge, hence another smash and grabbed job was keenly anticipated by the club’s supporters, but it never happened, though with Tony Pulis’ side proving resilient enough to keep a clean sheet and grab a 1-0 win.

The game remained tied up until the 73rd-minute when Robson-Kanu broke the deadlock. The Welshman later got sent off following an aerial challenge with Burnley defender Matt Lowton.

Newly promoted Brighton and Hove Albion are experiencing a tough start to life in the Premier League after succumbing to another 2-0 defeat this weekend.

They travelled away to Leicester where they were met with goals from Shinji Okazaki and Harry Maguire.

Liverpool played host to Crystal Palace in what was poised to be a game full of goals, but instead featured just one goal – the winner from Sadio Mane.

The Reds would’ve been delighted with the clean sheet considering all the stick they’ve been getting for their poor displays in defence.

Elsewhere, Southampton welcomed West Ham to the St. Mary’s stadium looking to secure a victory and better their place on the league table.

The game, though was quite difficult for both sides, but thanks to goals from Manolo Gabbiadini, Dusan Tadic and Charlie Austin, the Saints grabbed maximum points.

£16millon signing Javier Hernandez scored both of West Ham goals as he began his bid for the Premier League’s golden boot.

Arsenal were the same ‘Ol side as they were beaten away at Stoke City on Saturday despite dominating for most of the game.

The Gunners struggled to get off the mark with the Potters’ new signing scoring a superb debut goal. The game ended 1-0, but not without its fair share of controversy.

Sunday afternoon’s first fixture saw Huddersfield grab a win over former Championship rivals. The game was tight and looked bland for a while right before Aaron Mooy curled the ball past the goalie and into the back of the net.

Tottenham welcomed a hugely depleted Chelsea team to Wembley expecting to win quite comfortably. Unlike some have suggested, Spurs did not underestimate Chelsea, although there are quite a number of chances the Blues should simply have been prevented from scoring.

Marcos Alonso opened the scoring with a superb curling free-kick before Michy Batshuayi headed home an own goal to draw Spurs level in the 82nd-minute.

Amid what was meant to be a draw, Marcos Alonso came up with something special once again from a tight angle as he squeezed the ball past Hugo Lloris.

Monday night’s fixture saw Manchester City take on Everton in a game that ended in a 1-1 draw.

Wayne Rooney opened the scoring for the Toffees in the 35th-minute. 12 minutes later, Kyle Walker got sent off for persistent fouling, and despite being a man down, City equalised in the 82nd-minute courtesy of a deft finish from Raheem Sterling.

Morgan Schneiderlin got sent off in the 88th-minute, but the game ultimately resulted in a 1-1 draw.

About the Author Phillip Ekuwem

Phillip is a football writer with an immense love and passion for the beautiful game. He’s well versed in European football as he enjoys watching the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and the Serie A.

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