EPL WEEK 2: Winners & Losers


WINNERS

Anfield & Goodison Park lie within a mile of each other. A good week for both Liverpool and Everton as both clubs won convincingly and are unbeaten so far after 2 matches. While Liverpool have gone from strength to strength in the last few years, Everton have languished but that could all change with the arrival of James Rodriguez on a free transfer from Real Madrid and the goal-scoring exploits of Dominic Calvert-Lewin. With serious capital outlay from billionaire owner Farhad Moshiri & a Premier League winning coach in Ancelotti, this could be the season that Everton deliver a top 6 finish and qualify for European football. Liverpool looked a much better side against Chelsea and were clearly a class apart with Thiago marshalling the midfield in the 2nd half. A good week for Merseyside fans of both teams.


Tottenham Hotspurs. What a week it has been for Spurs. Fans were delighted to see the return of prodigal son Gareth Bale, even if on a season's loan during the week. On the weekend, Spurs thrashed the Saints with Hueng-min Son grabbing 4 goals, Harry Kane had a hand in every goal (1 goal, 4 assists) and equalled Thierry Henry's record of having a hand in 5 goals twice in the Premier League. If Bale can stay injury free, this season could see a return of champagne football in North London.


Wilfried Zaha & Crystal Palace. The striker was on fire and helped himself to 2 goals against the Red Devils. Zaha was once a Man Utd player but never really got the opportunity to prove his worth and was a constant menace in a shock win. Deservedly man of the match and Palace sit in the top 6 after 2 games. Not something we would have predicted at the start of the season.


Losers

Frank Lampard. After outlaying close to £250million on the likes of Werner, Havertz, Ziyech and Chilwell, Chelsea were 2nd best against the defending champions at home. Last season, Lampard lost his cool with Klopp in another game that the Blues lost. Billionaire owner Roman Abramovic is not known for his patience and has fired managers before (Mourinho, Villas Boas, Ancelotti and Sarri. Werner is goalless after 2 games and keeper Arrizabalaga had another howler to gift Mané his 2nd goal. A Chelsea great he may be but Lampard needs to win to ensure he doesn't face Abramovich's wrath.


Manchester United. After a frustrating and largely underwhelming transfer period with the lone arrival of Donny van de Beek, United were largely listless and ineffective against Palace and manager Solksjaer must increasingly be running of ideas to find ways to get his team to gel and perform like a top Premier League team of the past. Lindelof, Shaw, James, Pogba, Fernandes, Greenwood etc. were largely passengers in a match that most pundits would have predicted Man Utd to win. Ed Woodward must find a way to get the Jadon Sancho transfer across the line in the least before the transfer window closes on the 5th October or face further revolt from the long suffering Manchester fanbase.


Relegation. The bottom 5 are currently West Ham, Sheffield United, Fulham, Southampton and West Brom. Sadly, there is a massive gulf between these teams and those above them. The season has only just started, but these teams must find a way to get points or they will be fighting relegation towards the end of the season.


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