The second round of Premier League fixtures gave teams the chance to right the wrongs of the opening weekend as they looked to further shake off the cobwebs, apart from Burnley who seem to have been back playing for about 3 months.

The weekend didn’t exactly get off to a flyer in South Wales with Cardiff and Newcastle earning their first points of the Premier League season with a 0-0 draw in the early kick off. There were only two real talking points from the match. The first was Isaac Hayden’s red card shortly after coming on off the bench, the other was Newcastle’s late penalty miss with the last kick of the game courtesy of a distraught Kenedy. Credit has to go to Bluebirds keeper Neil Etheridge though, who saved his second penalty of the season already. West Ham’s woeful start to the season continued, going down 2-1 at home to an impressive Bournemouth. Callum Wilson scored the pick of the goals with a superb individual effort, with summer signing David Brooks also impressing for the Cherries. Harry Kane ended his August hoodoo at Wembley as Spurs ran out 3-1 winners against Fulham. Lucas Moura and Kieran Trippier also chipped in with two fine strikes. Leicester gave us a flashback to their title winning season, securing a 2-0 win at home to Wolves from just 2 shots on goal and little more than 40% possession. The only blot on the coffee book was a red card for Jamie Vardy following a dangerous, studs-up challenge. Richarlison continued to prove the doubters wrong as he headed the goal that gave Everton a 2-1 win over Southampton. Theo Walcott also impressed with a goal and assist while Danny Ings netted his first for the Saints. Saturday saved the best till last as Chelsea came out on top 3-2 against Arsenal, who are still looking for their first point after a tough start to the season. The Blues stormed to an early 2-0 lead only for Arsenal to equalise before half time. Marcos Alonso stole the points late on, stroking home the winner.

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Man City got Sunday off with a bang, romping home 6-1 against a shell-shocked Huddersfield Town. Our player of the week Sergio Agüero took advantage of a poor Huddersfield defence who have conceded 9 goals in their opening 2 games, scoring a hat-trick. Burnley were forced to 120 minutes in Istanbul on Thursday and it showed against Watford. They looked like they were feeling the full force of a continental hangover, losing 3-1 at home.

The final game on Sunday provided the biggest headline. Man Utd looked leggy and bereft of ideas as they lost 3-2 against Brighton, who were nothing short of fantastic. Glenn Murray lost Lindelöf to open the scoring with a deftly executed flick from a Solly March cross. Just 2 minutes later, the home side had doubled their lead through Shane Duffy, who made the most of a dreadfully defended corner. Lukaku headed United back into the game but by half time Brighton had restored their 2 goal advantage. Pascal Groβ scored from the spot after being brought down by a typically rash challenge from Eric Bailly. United struggled to convert possession into chances against a stalwart Seagulls defence. They eventually reduced the deficit through an emphatic Paul Pogba penalty however, this proved to be virtually the last kick of the game.

Player of the Week – Sergio Agüero

This summer there was a lot of talk about whether this would be the year Gabriel Jesus takes the mantle from Sergio Agüero. The Argentine’s early season form suggests that he isn’t going to give his shirt up without a fight. In fact, they both played together against Huddersfield, with Jesus operating in a wide left role usually occupied by Leroy Sané. Both found the scoresheet but it was a sensational hat-trick from Agüero that earned him our player of the week award. For the opener, he latched onto a quarterback style long ball from Ederson before bringing it down superbly and lifting the ball over the onrushing Ben Hamer. His 2nd goal, resulting from another Hamer error, put City 3-0 up after Jesus had doubled their advantage. Huddersfield’s Stankovic netted just before halftime to give the Terriers a lifeline but City continued to run riot in the 2nd half. Shortly after the break David Silva bent a free-kick into the top corner before Agüero sealed his hat-trick, flicking home a cross from Benjamin Mendy who had caused problems all game. The rout was completed in the 84th minute when a Leroy Sane cross was turned into his own net by Terence Kongolo.

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Goal of the Week – Kieran Trippier

Undoubtedly one of the stars of the World Cup, the “Bury Beckham” continued his free-kick scoring exploits on his first Premier League start since Russia. Not only was the free-kick superbly executed and arguably even better than the Croatia one, it came at an important time in the game for Tottenham. The match was level following Aleksandar Mitrovic’s equaliser for a Fulham side who were more than holding their own. Heading into the final 15 minutes of the game Trippier stepped up and bent the ball past a helpless Fabri inside the left hand post. Kane made it 3-1 shortly after to give the scoreline a much more comfortable feel. The wing back is now proving himself to be one of the most important players for both Spurs and England and could be set for a big season if he continues in this vein.

Tonight we will see how challengers Liverpool will respond to City’s Huddersfield rout. The reds travel to Selhurst Park to meet Crystal Palace, who have been a bit of a bogey team for them in recent years. Moving on to next week’s Premier League action, Arsenal and West Ham, both pointless, do battle at the Emirates on Saturday. The pick of the fixtures will come on Monday night though, when Man Utd, off the back of their shock defeat to Brighton, host Spurs at Old Trafford.

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