ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP WEEK 2 REVIEW

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

STOKE CITY 1 V 4 MANCHESTER CITY

Manchester City are looking far better than they did last season and with Sergio Aguero and Nolito scoring twice Manchester City resisted Stoke’s second-half comeback to continue their winning start under Pep Guardiola.

City led when Aguero converted from the spot, with his second deftly nodded in from Kevin de Bruyne’s free-kick.

Bojan lifted the hosts with the game’s second penalty both awarded for tugging in the box.

But Nolito came on to score two late goals and seal City’s win.

The Spanish forward tucked in fellow sub Kelechi Iheanacho’s cut-back from close range with four minutes to play, before punishing Stoke again in the fifth minute of stoppage time when played through by Raheem Sterling.

It was a deserved victory for Guardiola’s side, who were totally dominant in the first half and had done enough to gain a convincing victory

BURNLEY 2 V 0 LIVERPOOL

Jurgen Klopp has his work cut out to turn this Liverpool side into a force in the league this season, elementary defensive errors are going to have to be eliminated if they have any chance of putting pressure at the top of the tsble. First-half goals from Sam Vokes and Andre Gray gave Burnley a surprise win over Liverpool, who could not recover after some disastrous defending.

Nathaniel Clyne gave the ball away for the Clarets’ first goal, with Gray finding Vokes to blast home.

Steven Defour, on his Burnley debut, was allowed to charge forward and set up Gray to roll home the second.

Liverpool had 81% of possession and 26 shots – but only tested Clarets keeper Tom Heaton with efforts from distance.

SWANSEA CITY 0 V 2 HULL CITY

Hull secured victory late on at Swansea City to maintain their unlikely winning start to the Premier League season.

Gylfi Sigurdsson hit the bar as the Swans shaded a first half in which the visitors were denied a penalty for an apparent foul on Robert Snodgrass.

The hosts dominated possession after the break but Hull substitute Shaun Maloney struck from close range.

Abel Hernandez added a second in injury time to take the Tigers, still without a permanent manager, up to third.

TOTTENHAM 1 V 0 CRYSTAL PALACE

Victor Wanyama’s first goal for Tottenham gave them all three points against Crystal Palace.

The Kenyan midfielder headed home from a corner with eight minutes to go.

Spurs had the better of the chances in a tight game with Vincent Janssen shooting wide after being played through by sub Dele Alli.

Palace’s best chance fell to Yohan Cabaye but the Frenchman blasted over from 12 yards. Alan Pardew’s side have now lost their opening two games.

The Eagles announced the £27m signing of Liverpool striker Christian Benteke before the match but he signed too late to feature at White Hart Lane.

WATFORD 1 V 2 CHELSEA

Diego Costa scored the winner for the second game in a row as Chelsea came from behind to beat Watford at Vicarage Road.

Etienne Capoue had put the Hornets ahead on 56 minutes as the hosts looked in control of the game.

But substitute Michy Batshuayi equalised with his first goal for Chelsea since his £33m move.

Then Costa ran on to substitute Cesc Fabregas’ pass and slid the ball under Heurelho Gomes with three minutes left.

The win gives Chelsea boss Antonio Conte a 100% start in the Premier League after Monday’s victory against West Ham.

WEST BROM 1 V 2 EVERTON

Gareth Barry’s close-range header secured Ronald Koeman’s first victory as Everton manager as they came from a goal down to win at West Brom.

The home side went in front inside 10 minutes as Gareth McAuley headed in a Craig Gardner corner at the far post.

Everton carried more threat once Romelu Lukaku came on as a first-half substitute, and Kevin Mirallas rolled in an equaliser just before the break.

Barry then forced the ball in after Mason Holgate’s touch from a corner.

LEICESTER CITY 0 V 0 ARSENAL

Premier League champions Leicester City and last season’s runners-up Arsenal are still waiting for their first win of the new campaign after a goalless stalemate at the King Power Stadium.

Both teams were aiming to bounce back from opening-weekend losses, to Hull City and Liverpool respectively, but could not find a breakthrough in a fiercely-contested game.

Referee Mark Clattenburg was the villain for Leicester fans after denying strong penalty claims in each half, first when Laurent Koscielny tangled with Danny Drinkwater then late on when Hector Bellerin appeared to upend Ahmed Musa.

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy failed to punish the club he turned down this summer when he shot wide from close range as Claudio Ranieri’s side started to exert a measure of control after the break.

Arsenal keeper Petr Cech saved crucially from Riyad Mahrez in the dying seconds while Arsenal had opportunities of their own as they enjoyed the better of the first half, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shooting narrowly wide.

MANCHESTER UNITED 2 V 0 SOUTHAMPTON

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice on his home debut as Manchester United claimed a comfortable Premier League win over Southampton at Old Trafford.

The Swedish striker headed home Wayne Rooney’s cross from the right, then he scored from the penalty spot after Jordy Clasie tripped Luke Shaw, his third goal in two league games since joining on a free transfer this summer.

Paul Pogba, United’s £89m world-record signing from Juventus, made an energetic full league debut.

The victory was United’s second in succession in the league this season after their opening-day win at Bournemouth.

SUNDERLAND 1 V 2 MIDDLESBROUGH

Cristhian Stuani scored twice on his Premier League debut as Middlesbrough beat Sunderland in the first Wear-Tees league derby in seven and a half years.

Alvaro Negredo assisted both goals, with Stuani’s opener a brilliant 25-yard effort into the top corner.

The Spaniard then unselfishly squared to Stuani for their second.

The Black Cats improved in the second half and Patrick van Aanholt gave them hope when he turned home after Brad Guzan parried Duncan Watmore’s shot, but it was too little too late and Middlesbrough were left to enjoy their deserved victory.

WEST HAM UNITED 1 V 0 BOURNEMOUTH

Michail Antonio scored five minutes from time to give West Ham victory over Bournemouth in the first Premier League match at the London Stadium.

Antonio rose highest at the back post to head in Gokhan Tore’s cross and decide a game of few chances.

The goal came eight minutes after Bournemouth’s Harry Arter was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Cherries goalkeeper Artur Boruc saved well from Enner Valencia in the first half, while Adrian denied Joshua King.

Not a bad week for my predictions and here are my predictions for week three.

Tottenham 2 v 1 Liverpool

Chelsea 3 v 1 Burnley

Crystal Palace 2 v 1 Bournemouth

Everton 2 v 1 Stoke

Leicester 2 v 1 Swansea

Southampton 2 v 1 Sunderland

Watford 1 v 2 Arsenal

Hull 1 v 2 Man Utd

West Brom 1 v 2 Middlesbrough

Man City 2 v 1 West Ham

Have a good week

Gary

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