Premier League Passion – Week 2 Round Up
So the second (and third in Chelsea's case) week of fixtures is in the bag and yet more shock results! I said it could be an interesting season but I didn’t think it would be this early that we would see strange results occur. Villa beating Arsenal last week was a surprise but it was more of an eyebrow raiser than a jaw dropper. What happened in Wales on Sunday afternoon stopped me in my stride as I walked into the living room and saw on Sky Sports News Cardiff 3 – 2 Manchester City. Did NOT see that one coming, ever!
Anyway, I will get into that one a little more during my analysis, here were the full results from this weekends ties.
|Wednesday 21st August|
|Saturday 24th August|
|Hull City Tigers||1|
|West Bromwich Abion||0|
|Sunday 25th August|
|Monday 26th August|
So pretty much a weekend of expected results barring Cardiff’s excellent victory over a Manchester City squad without Vincent Kompany. And that to me was the key to the Bluebirds victory. Both of Frazier Campbell's goals were headers from corners which with the big Belgian in the mixer I can’t see him winning. They were both excellent headers don’t get me wrong but there was no one in there who was going to make sure he took the ball, the man, the keeper and basically anything in his way to make sure Campbell wouldn’t get his head on it. City will hope that his lay off isn’t a lengthy one because without him and to a lesser but still an important degree Nastasic, City looked vulnerable.
Saying that I think City just had one of those days but Cardiff played well, organised and tidy football and if they continue to play in the same manner they could have a decent term well away from the dangers of relegation.
Hull grabbed their first win back in the top flight with a fairly lucky 1-0 win over Norwich City. The penalty which turned out to be the winner was fortunate and even more so when at the other end Hull went unpunished from a penalty claim which was a mirror image of the one they were awarded. Even more astonishingly they managed to hold their 1-0 lead for over an hour when Yannick Sagbo lost his cool and aimed a very tame looking headbutt. I hate red cards like that. What is the point? If you are going to get sent off for something make it worthwhile! Don’t get yourself sent off for something half arsed, you may as well make full blooded contact if the punishment is the same, not that I condone it at all you understand.
Hull look a much better side than the one that graced the Premier League 4 years ago. The additions of Huddlestone and Livermore has given them a solid midfield engine in what has to be a pretty impressive double raid on Spurs from Steve Bruce. Excellent recruitment.
Liverpool continued their Luis Suarez-less 100% start in decent fashion against a very good Aston Villa. For the most part of the second half Villa were in the ascendency and looked likely to grab an equaliser but Liverpool held on well with Sturridge again grabbing the winner. I said last season when the former Man City man made the move to Anfield from Chelsea that it was a great bit of business for the Merseyside team and he seems to be flourishing with a run of games. Can only stand him, Liverpool and England in good stead.
Sadly the Manchester United and Chelsea encounter was a bit dull. United really should have had the win as Chelsea seemed to blow up after an hour with Welbeck missing the most clear cut chance of the game. As the presenters on Sky said last night Chelsea looked short of ideas in the final third and the fact Juan Mata was sat on the bench when Mourinho admitted post match they lacked any real cutting edge up front was astonishing to me. Juan Mata is one of the best attacking midfielders in the country and would be automatically one of the first names on any team sheet in the Premier League. Mourinho has this habit of trying to publically prove a point to the world by leaving out one of the star men in his squad. As it showed last season at Real Madrid this can backfire immensely and the dressing room can be lost. If Mata is available then I cannot imagine Chelsea struggling to find a buyer but on the flip side of his availability, why would he be??
Week 3 should bring about some exciting fixtures, Liverpool v Manchester United and Arsenal v Tottenham are exciting on paper but so was the United/Chelsea game and that didn’t quite pan out the way I expected, and hoped for.
Team of the Week: Cardiff City
Disappointment of the Week: Manchester City
Surprise of the Week: Cardiff Beating Man City
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