EPL { ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE | – MATCHDAY 2 REVIEW

The EPL is well underway with top teams already vying for the top prize in England, so far only two teams have an 100 percent record with Manchester City and Arsenal the only teams who have won their two games thus far and perhaps the biggest headline would be that Manchester United would start Matchday 3 placed 20th on the log.

Match Day 2 began with a mouthwatering cracker as Aston Villa welcomed the visit of Everton to the Villa Park as Steven Gerrard looked to put away opening day defeat to AFC Bournemouth behind them. In a match that provided lots of suspense, it was Aston Villa who shot into the lead with a 31st minute strike courtesy Danny Ings to send the Villa crowd into ecstasy as they went into the break leading. The second half was more of the same and late drama was the order of the day as Aston Villa scored two more goals but one of them in the back of their own net with Emiliano Buendia doubling their lead and just a minute later, Lucas Digne scored an own goal in what proved to be a consolation to Frank Lampard and his Everton side as they slumped to their second successive defeat after opening day 1-0 loss to Chelsea.

High Flyers Arsenal continued their sublime form as they ran off 4-2 winners as Leicester City fell at The Emirates on the day with Gabriel Jesus double ensuring Arsenal went into the break 2-0 winners. The second half shot into life with 2 goals apiece from each team adding more excitement to the match , A William Saliba own goal restored hope to The Foxes but were soon pegged back a minute later thanks to a Granit Xhaka strike, James Maddison scored to make it 3-2 but just like before that hope didn’t last for long as soon enough Gabriel Martinelli scored for The Gunners to restore the two goal lead and finish the day 4-2 winners as winners in a hard fought match.

The American Express Community Stadium saw a drab 0-0 draw between Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle United on Saturday Afternoon in a match Graham Potter and his Brighton side should have won, Newcastle United were very poor on the day ad registered just 4 shots with only 1 being on target compared to The Seagulls who had 13 shots and 7 on target in what was an under par performance for both teams who ended the weekend with 4 points apiece.

Manchester City started off Match Day 2 in scintillating fashion as they swept aside Bournemouth at The Etihad in a routine 4-0 win over The Cherries. Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne ensured the defending champions entered the break 3-0 winners, the second half saw a decrease in tempo as the champions resorted to more possession but that didn’t stop them from getting a goal as in the 74th minute, Jefferson Lerma made it 4-0 after putting the ball in the back of his own net as the result ensured The Cityzens finished Matchday 2 top of the EPL summit albeit on goal difference.

Southampton and Leeds United started off the afternoon on a low intensity scale as the first half provided little or no major talking points as both teams headed into the break 0-0 on the scoreboard. The second half ensured the first half frivolities came into a halt as a Rodrigo Moreno double put Leeds United 2-0 up by the 60th minute and by then half the crowd at the Saint Mary Stadium felt the game was for The Peacocks but that was to be short-lived as new boy Joseph Aribo and Kyle Walter-Peters ensured The Saints finished the match in a 2-2 draw as they earned their first point of the season.

The Molineux Stadium welcomed Fulham as they sort to continue their impressive run against Wolverhampton Wanderers who lost their first game of the season to Leeds United on Matchday 1. The highlight of the match was Aleksandar Mitrovic penalty miss in the 81st minute as both teams didn’t really spring up a huge performance and had to settle for a draw on the day with The Wolves and The Cottagers both sharing the spoils to finish in A Goalless draw.

Arguably the match with the biggest headline of the EPL matchday 2 proceedings was Brentford 4-0 thrashing of Manchester United as a flurry of four first half goals by Josh DaSilva, Matthias Jensen, Ben Mee and Bryan Mbuemo ensured the Red Devils slumped to a major defeat on the day. It was Manchester United second successive loss as more questions were raised than answers as the Erik Ten Hag era began in poor fashion with back to back losses in the EPL as The Bees were the next major team to inflict defeat on them

The biggest match of the EPL matchday 2 was the London clash between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in what was a highly controversial match between the pair that even saw both managers clash after the final whistle. New boys Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella combined for the first goal as the Spanish International provided an assist for the Senegalese as Chelsea entered the break 1-0 winners, the second half provided more suspense and talking points as Pierre-Emile Hojberg equalized for The LilyWhites but just under 10 minutes later Defender Reece James restored the lead for The Blues in what sent Stamford Bridge to Ecstasy, and with virtually a minute left on the clock, England and Tottenham all time EPL goal scorer Harry Kane scored to ensure the score line ended in a 2-2 draw as both teams finished the Matchday 4 points apiece.

Nottingham Forest welcomed West Ham United to the City Ground as both teams looked to put open day losses behind them. It was a match that saw a tale of two halves as Nottingham Forest controlled the first half and were rewarded with a penalty which new signing from Union Berlin and former Liverpool player Taiwo Awoniyi duly converted. The second Half began with West Ham United taking control but failed to convert their chances and captain Declan Rice missed a penalty to ensure Nottingham Forest ran off 1-0 winners thus condemning The Hammers to their second successive defeat

The last match of Matchday 2 saw Liverpool welcome Crystal Palace to Anfield as both teams sort to get their first wins of the season. It was Ivorian International Wilfried Zaha who put The Eagles in front in a lightning quick counter after Eberechi Eze had sent him on his way and he coolly finished past the hapless Liverpool Keeper to ensure Crystal Palace were up 1-0 at Half Time. The second half began in almost the same fashion as Liverpool continued to press but that had a dent as Darwin Nunez got a red card in what was a nervy time for The Reds but it meant little or nothing as just 3 minutes later, Luis Diaz came up with a moment of individual brilliance beating 5 defenders to put his team 1-1 on the night. That proved to be the final score as both teams were yet again left to sort out their first win of the season.

Total Goals Scored – 28 Goals
Total Yellow Cards – 38
Total Red Cards – 1
Most Goals Scored by a Team – 4 Goals { Manchester City}
Most Goals Scored by a Player – 2 goals { Gabriel Jesus – ARSENAL, Rodrigo Moreno – Leeds United }

Matchday 3 resumes this weekend and we are sure to expect more thrilling scorelines in the EPL.

🖊️ – RIDDLER ZLATAN-HARDIZ 👽

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