2020/21 Premier League: Gameweek 2 Review

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Son Heung-min struck four goals as Tottenham came from behind to beat Southampton 5-2, with Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Brighton, Crystal Palace, Leeds, Leicester, and Aston Villa also taking three points in the gameweek 2 of the EPL 2020/21 campaign - No draw was recorded.

This is a simple review of week two of the Premier League 2020-2021 season. All the week's games were covered from Saturday to Monday.

Everton 5 - 2 West Brom

A first Premier League hat-trick from Dominic Calvert-Lewin helped Everton come from behind to earn a 5-2 victory over 10-man West Bromwich Albion - making it the first time in eight seasons that Everton have started a campaign with back-to-back wins.

Everton fell behind to Grady Diangana’s strike, but Calvert-Lewin and James Rodriquez put them ahead, with Gibbs seeing red for West Brom, along with manager Bilic. West Brom are yet to record a first point of the season.

Man of the Match: Dominic Calvert-Lewin

EVERTON (4-3-3): Jordan Pickford; Seamus Coleman, Yerry Mina, Michael Keane, Lucas Digne; Abdoulaye Doucoure, Allan, Andre Gomes; James Rodriguez, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.

WEST BROM (5-4-1): Sam Johnstone; Darnell Furlong, Semi Ajayi, Kyle Bartley, Dara O’Shea, Kieran Gibbs; Mattheus Pereira, Jake Livermore, Romaine Sawyers, Grady Diangana; Callum Robinson.

Next Match

Everton: 26 Sep v Crystal Palace (A)
West Brom: 26 Sep v Chelsea (H)

Leeds 4 - 3 Fulham

Helder Costa scored a brace and Patrick Bamford scored one and was involved in two more as Leeds United secure a win as they edge out Fulham 4-3 at Elland Road. Leeds' opening two EPL games have seen 14 goals this season, the most for a top-flight side's opening two matches since Wolves in 1962-63.

Man of the Match: Patrick Bamford

Starting Line-up

FULHAM (4-2-3-1): Alphonse Areola; Kenny Tete, Michael Hector, Denis Odoi, Joe Bryan; Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Harrison Reed; Ivan Cavaleiro, Josh Onomah, Aboubakar Kamara; Aleksandar Mitrovic (c).

LEEDS UNITED (4-1-4-1): Illan Meslier; Luke Ayling, Robin Koch, Liam Cooper (c), Stuart Dallas; Kalvin Phillips; Helder Costa, Pablo Hernandez, Mateusz Klich, Jack Harrison; Patrick Bamford.

Next Match

Leeds: 27 Sep v Sheff Utd (A)
Fulham: 28 Sep v Aston Villa (H)

Manchester United 1 - 3 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace have started the season with back-to-back wins for the first time in their history. Wilfried Zaha ended the match with a deadly double as Palace came out on top in a dramatic 3-1 win over Manchester United. 

Andros Townsend gave Palace the lead in the 7th minute as he fired Schlupp's cross into the far bottom corner from close range. In the second half, Palace were awarded a penalty for a handball by Lindelof with De Gea stopping Ayew's spot-kick. The VAR spotted him come off his line and the retaken penalty was converted by Zaha on 74 minutes. Van de Beek scored a debut goal to get United back into it but Zaha's low finish sealed the three points with five minutes remaining to continue Palace's winning start to the season. 

Man of the Match: Wilfried Zaha

Starting Line-up

MANCHESTER UNITED STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay; Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James; Anthony Martial.

CRYSTAL PALACE STARTING XI (4-4-2): Vicente Guaita; Joel Ward, Cheikhou Kouyate, Mamadou Sakho, Tyrick Mitchell; Andros Townsend, James McArthur, James McCarthy, Jeffrey Schlupp; Wilfried Zaha, Jordan Ayew.

Next Match

Man Utd: 26 Sep v Brighton (A)
Crystal Palace: 26 Sep v Everton (H)

Arsenal 2 - 1 West Ham

Arsenal stay perfect thanks to a late tap-in from substitute - Eddie Nketiah.

Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah both scored as Arsenal took maximum points again after last week's victory at Fulham by winning 2-1 at home to West Ham.

Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring in the 25th minute, heading in from a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's cross but West Ham leveled on the stroke of half-time after Ryan Fredericks' low cross was tucked in by Michail Antonio. 

The Gunners looked destined to labour to a draw in their first home game of the season but Nketiah won it, though, as he tapped in past Fabianski following a neat build-up play from Saka and Ceballos to secure a back-to-back win.

Man of the Match: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Starting Line-up

Arsenal XI (3-4-3): Bernd Leno; Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Sead Kolasinac; Hector Bellerin, Dani Ceballos, Granit Xhaka, Bukayo Saka; Willian, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

West Ham XI (5-4-1): Lukasz Fabianski; Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop, Angelo Obgbonna, Aaron Cresswell, Arthur Masuaku; Jarrod Bowen, Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice, Pablo Fornals; Michail Antonio.

Next Match

Arsenal: 28 Sep v Liverpool (A)
West Ham: 27 Sep v Wolves (H)

Southampton 2 - 5 Tottenham

The Saints kicked off their season with a defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace last week. Tottenham also began their campaign with a defeat, going down 1-0 at home against Everton.

Son Heung-min's four goals - all set up by Harry Kane, who also scored a goal ensured Tottenham came from behind to beat Southampton 5-2 in their first win in two openings of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign.

Man of the Match: Son Heung-min

Starting Line-up

SOUTHAMPTON (4-4-2): Alex McCarthy; Kyle Walker-Peters, Jack Stephens, Jan Bednarek, Ryan Bertrand; Moussa Djenepo, James Ward-Prowse, Oriol Romeu, Stuart Armstrong; Che Adams, Danny Ings.

TOTTENHAM (4-3-3): Hugo Lloris; Matt Doherty, Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez, Ben Davies; Harry Winks, Tanguy Ndombele, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg; Lucas Moura, Harry Kane, Son Heung-min.

Next Match

Southampton: 26 Sep v Burnley (A)
Spurs: 27 Sep v Newcastle (H)

Newcastle 0 - 3 Brighton

Neal Maupay scored twice and created the other as Brighton & Hove Albion secured the three points with a dominant 3 - 0 Victory over Newcastle United at St James' Park. Maupay gave Brighton the perfect start, scoring two goals in the first seven minutes before the Seagulls wrapped up their win in the 83rd minute when Aaron Connolly brilliantly curled in from Maupay's pass. a stunning strike from Connolly in the 83rd minute put the game to bed.

Brighton finished the match with 10 men after Yves Bissouma was sent off with one minute remaining for violent conduct late on. It was a fairly dismal display from Newcastle who failed to register a single shot on target.

Man of the Match: Neal Maupay

Starting Line-up

NEWCASTLE UNITED (4-4-2): Karl Darlow; Javier Manquillo, Jamal Lewis, Jamaal Lascelles, Federico Fernandez; Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden, Jeff Hendrick, Allan Saint-Maximin; Andy Carroll, Callum Wilson.

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION (3-4-3): Mat Ryan; Lewis Dunk, Adam Webster, Ben White; Yves Bissouma, Tariq Lamptey, Steven Alzate, Solly March; Leandro Trossard, Neal Maupay, Aaron Connolly.

Next Match

Newcastle: 27 Sep v Spurs (A)
Brighton: 26 Sep v Man Utd (H)

Chelsea 0 - 2 Liverpool

Andreas Christensen's dismissal, Kepa Arrizabalaga's error, and Allison's penalty save helped Liverpool secure their second win on the bounce with a 2-0 victory over Chelsea, with Sadio Mane scoring a double in the second half at Stamford Bridge.

 Andreas Christensen was dismissed at the end of a closely-contested first half for hauling down Sadio Mane. The reds capitalized in the second half with a double from Mane, and Jorginho had time to miss a penalty on a day to forget for the Blues.

Man of the Match: Sadio Mane

Starting Line-up

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalga; Reece James, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma, Marcos Alonso; Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, N'Golo Kante; Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Mason Mount

LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson; Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.

Next Match

Chelsea: 26 Sep v West Brom (A)
Liverpool: 28 Sep v Arsenal (H)

Leicester 4 - 2 Burnley

Leicester City came from behind to beat Burnley 4-2 to make it two wins in two.

Chris Wood scored in the 10th minute to give Burnley the lead before Harvey Barnes swept the ball past Nick Pope to equalize on 20 minutes. Second-half goals from James Justin and an own goal from Erik Pieters, put Leicester in front. Jimmy Dunne, on debut, seemed to have brought Burnley back into the game with a header on 73 minutes until Dennis Praet ensured Leicester would make it back to back victories at the start of the season with a remarkable finish from outside of the area 11 minutes from time.

Man of the Match: James Justin

Starting Line-up

LEICESTER CITY (4-1-4-1): Kasper Schmeichel; James Justin, Wilfred Ndidi, Caglar Soyuncu, Timothy Castagne; Nampalys Mendy; Dennis Praet, Youri Tielemans, Harvey Barnes, Ayoze Perez; Jamie Vardy.

BURNLEY (4-4-2): Nick Pope; Phil Bardsley, Kevin Long, Jimmy Dunne, Charlie Taylor; Josh Brownhill, Ashley Westwood, Robbie Brady, Dwight McNeil; Chris Wood, Jay Rodriguez.

Next Match

Leicester: 27 Sep v Manchester City (A)
Burnley: 26 Sep v Southampton (H)

Aston Villa 1 - Sheffield united

Ezri Konsa's second-half header and a debut heroic from goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to keep out John Lundstram's penalty handed Aston Villa a 1-0 victory over 10-man Sheffield United, who open the campaign with a two in two defeats. Konsa headed home what proved to be the winner in the 63rd minute after Sheffield had John Egan sent off early in the first half.

Man of the Match: Emiliano Martinez

Starting Line-up

ASTON VILLA (4-3-3): Emiliano Martinez; Matty Cash, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Matt Targett; Conor Hourihane, Douglas Luiz, John McGinn; Trezeguet, Ollie Watkins, Jack Grealish (captain).

SHEFFIELD UNITED (3-5-2): Aaron Ramsdale; Chris Basham, John Egan (captain), Jack O'Connell; George Baldock, John Lundstram, Sander Berge, John Fleck, Enda Stevens; David McGoldrick, Oliver Burke.

Next Match

Aston Villa: 28 Sep v Fulham (A)
Sheffield Utd: 27 Sep v Leeds United (H)

Wolverhampton 1 - 3 Manchester United

A penalty goal from De Bruyne and goals from Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus earned Manchester City a 3-1 victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers as they kick off their campaign with a winning start for the 10th Premier League season in a row. Jimenez deservedly pulled one back for Wolves 12 minutes from time.

Man of the Match: Kevin De Bruyne

Starting Line-up

WOLVES (3-4-2-1): Rui Patricio; Willy Boly, Conor Coady (c), Romain Saiss; Adama Traore, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Marcal; Daniel Podence, Pedro Neto; Raul Jimenez.

MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1): Ederson; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Nathan Ake, Benjamin Mendy; Fernandinho (c), Rodrigo; Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling; Gabriel Jesus.

Next Match

Wolves: 27 Sep v West Ham United (A)
Man City: 27 Sep v Leicester City(H)





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