PREMIER LEAGUE 2
Hiee Guys, what a weekend we had on opening day premier league 2. Who would have imagined a maligned hull to beat the defending champions leicester. Unbelievable stuff!!!! Great goals and great games followed. Barkley struck in 5 minutes from a wonderful free kick. Just saw how sublime was the free kick of Xhedran shaqiri. Goals from negredo , capoue, fer, rondon and many more were the highlights. Golden Boot contenders Ibrahimovic and Aguero opened their accounts. Arsenal Liverpool game was a classic in a otherwise dull week. Coutinho free kick is my personal Goal of the week contender. The week was rounded off by a London derby which chelsea won in dying minutes against west ham.
So new week , new hopes!!! My take on all the action which will take place in Gameweek 2
1) MANCHESTER UNITED FC VS SOUTHAMPTON
12:30am OLD TRAFFORD
ref: ANTHONY TAYLOR
DE GEA FORSTER
SMALLING VAN DIJK
PREDICTION: Look Who is back. The abandoned son …PAUL POGBA!!!! Oh my…Puel couldn’t have asked for a stronger opponent.
A straight utd victory. Saints should be happy if they lose by 1 goal margin. Nevertheless my overconfidence pissed me
in last week’s opener. But still a man utd victory.
SCORE: UTD 2 – 0 SOT (ibra rooney pogba)
UTD 4 – 1 SOT (ibra rooney martial long)
2)STOKE CITY VS MANCHESTER CITY
5pm BET365 STADIUM
ref: MIKE DEAN
BOJAN DE BRUYNE
PREDICTION: This fixture has especially been tough for mancity. Still the way they thrashed steua 5-0.. i think they can sneak a win. Early kickoffs have involved goals. So it can be a goalfest. Look out for aguero and sterling …they can form a deadly pair. Stoke should be on defence and hit on counter. It might be a draw
SCORE: STK 1 – 1 MCI (aguero bojan)
STK 1 – 2 MCI (aguero nolito diouf)
3)SWANSEA CITY VS HULL CITY
7:30pm LIBERTY STADIUM
ref: STUART ATWELL
NAUGHTON EL MOHAMMADY
PREDICTION: Interesting match for two unexpected winners. I believe swans can win if they play well and if siggy and montero start the game. But they have to play well. Defensively both sides look weak on paper with hull forcefully fielding a makeshift defence. Hull can also win!!!
SCORE: SWA 1 – 0 HUL (siggy fer hernandez)
SWA 1 – 2 HUL (hernandez snodgrass llorente)
4)TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS CRYSTAL PALACE
7:30pm WHITE HART LANE
ref: MICHEAL OLIVER
PREDICTION: London derby no 2. Poor starts to both of them. Spurs are looking spiritless and tired. They seem to have lost that zing. Palace have lost big names Bolaise Jedinak and they dont have a striker. Townsend returns again to his former club. Expect a defensive display . A draw or spurs win.
SCORE: TOT 1 – 1 CPAL (kane townsend)
TOT 2 – 0 CPAL (alli wickham)
5)WATFORD VS CHELSEA
7:30pm VICARAGE ROAD
REF: JOHN MOSS
PREDICTION: A chelsea victory for sure. No second thoughts. Just look how Antonio Conte celebrated when costa scored that winning goal that night. It tells a lot about the man and his passion for the club. Surely he will take chelsea a long way ….maybe the title. Watford will be swept aside
SCORE: WAT 0 – 2 CHE (hazard costa willian)
WAT 1 – 3 CHE (deeney hazard)
6)WEST BROM VS EVERTON
7:30pm THE HAWTHORNS
ref: NEIL SWARBRICK
MCAULEY FUNES MORI
PREDICTION: Tough to call. Everton looked brilliant in their previous game. It was unfortunate they didnt win.
Even West Brom scuppered a victory. So It looks even. The team which can hold its nerves will win. Everton look
strong ever since Farhad Moshiri has invested . Debut for Bolaise . Can be a draw!!!!
SCORE: WBA 1 – 1 EVE (rondon barkley)
WBA 1 – 3 EVE (berahino deulofeu bolasie)
7)BURNLEY VS LIVERPOOL
7:30pm TURF MOOR
ref: LEE MASON
PREDICTION: Aaaaaaaaaahhh….LFC can rip apart burnley if they play to even 50% of the level that they showed against arsenal. Pace , power and lethal attack was how they managed to score 4 goals. Sadio mane will be missed . Sturridge can score. Coutinho was a magician that day and could be lethal at turf moor. Milner should come back. Drop Moreno!!!
Elsewhere expect debut for Steven Defour. Least Burnley can score from Andre Gray!!!!
SCORE: BUN 1 – 2 LIV (gray sturridge coutinho)
BUN 1 – 3 LIV (” wijnaldum)
8)LEICESTER CITY VS ARSENAL
10:30pm KING POWER STADIUM
ref: MARK CLATTENBURG
PREDICTION: Apparently the only big game of the week. As a matter of fact .. Leicester have never beaten arsenal
in premier league. All Big name gunners should return after their European exertions. Leicester will like a wounded
tiger..craving to hit back. This game for sure wont be a draw. I go with Arsenal!!!!!!!
SCORE: LEI 1 – 2 ARS (vardy sanchez walcott)
LEI 0 – 3 ARS (giroud)
9)SUNDERLAND VS MIDDLESBROUGH
6pm STADIUM OF LIGHT
ref: MARTIN ATKINSON
VAN AANHOLT FRIEND
JANUZAJ DE ROON
PREDICTION: Derby game. Newcastle gone Boro have taken their place. No idea what will happen as you know in derby games. They are full of passion and enthusiasm. Both teams want to win and earn the bragging rights. Predicting this game is like firing in the dark. I choose Boro over Sunderland!!!!
SCORE: SUN 1 – 2 MID (negredo downing defoe)
SUN 1 – 1 MID (“)
10)WEST HAM UNITED VS BOURNEMOUTH
8:30am OLYMPIC STADIUM
ref: CRAIG PAWSON
PAYET L. COOK
PREDICTION: West ham victory no doubt. If you have a doubt…believe me they are going to win
SCORE: WHU 2 – 0 BOU (carroll)
WHU 3 – 1 BOU (ibe)
So this is my verdict on the second weekend action from EPL.
Remember it is an early kickoff on friday night…a new tradition in PL. Excited to see Paul Pogba. Till then Bye Bye.
TABLE 1)COUTINHO 2 GOALS
1)MAN UTD 3pts (+2) 1)MARTIAL 2 ASSISTS
2)LIVERPOOL 3pts (+1) CAZORLA 2 ASSISTS
3)CHELSEA 3pts (+1)
4)HULL CITY 3pts (+1) 1)WEST BROM 1 CS
5)MAN CITY 3pts (+1) SWANSEA 1 CS
17)WEST HAM 0pts (-1)
18)BURNLEY 0pts (-1)
19)CRYSTAL PALACE 0pts (-1)
20)BOURNEMOUTH 0pts (-2)