The second weekend of Premier League action promises to be equally as entertaining and unpredictable as the first, with plenty of interesting encounters. Manchester City play on Sunday for the second consecutive time as they visit Liverpool in the live Sky game at 4pm.
Roberto Mancini’s side came from behind to beat newly-promoted Southampton 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium last week, once again showing the never-say-die attitude that helped them become champions, and will go to Anfield in confident mood. For Liverpool, the new season once again brought another false dawn as they were well and truly put in their place by West Brom, and although two of the three goals conceded were penalties, the fact is that once again the Reds have no one capable of converting chances.
The other Sunday match sees another goal-shy team in Arsenal visit Stoke who were just a 90th minute penalty equaliser away from taking all three points at Reading on day one. The Gunners, minus Robin van Persie, looked toothless at home to Sunderland, and with Alex Song gone as well now, may well struggle to gel as the three summer signings bed in. Another bore-draw beckons.
Speaking of Robin van Persie, his 20-minute cameo for Manchester United at Goodison Park on Monday evening did not produce the desired effect as the Red Devils were shot down in flames by Everton, who were deserved winners thanks to Fellaini’s powerfully headed second-half goal. United entertain a Fulham side that banged five in at home to Norwich last week, and who, even without want-away Clint Dempsey, will arrive full of confidence.
Aston Villa look set for a tough season after losing 1-0 at West Ham, and if Everton put in the same effort as in the aforementioned defeat of Manchester United, there can only be one outcome. QPR were slaughtered 5-0 by Swansea at Loftus Road, and manager Mark Hughes will be thankful that the fixture list has paired them with Norwich. Both sides will no doubt be concentrating on shoring up the defence, so do not be surprised if this ends up goalless.
Wigan actually bossed quite a bit of the game during the 2-0 defeat at home to Chelsea, and should not travel down to Southampton in pessimistic mood. Taking into account the host’s effort in Manchester as well, this could be one terrific tussle.
Sunderland defended well at the Emirates, but will need to inject some firepower to get back in the winning groove against Reading, while Spurs, who got nothing for their efforts away to Newcastle, will be wary of a West Brom side bristling with confidence after that drubbing of Liverpool.
The early kick-off on Saturday sees Swansea entertain West Ham. Michael Laudrup has slipped nicely into Brendan Rogers’ shoes, and if the 5-0 away win at QPR is anything to go by, the Welsh side have bought a gem in two-goal Michu. Home advantage gives them the nod.
Chelsea have also hit the ground running, with Eden Hazard showing just why he cost £32 million already, and he again gets the chance to impress against Newcastle in what should be the game of the weekend at 5.30pm.
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