Premier League Review: Newcastle United suffer defeat after Danny Ings scores acrobatic stunner at Villa Park
Football fans enjoyed another weekend of Premier League football as many returned to stadiums for the first time since before the pandemic.
Liverpool hosted Burnley in the opening fixture of the Premier League weekend and were on the hunt for their second win and another clean sheet to add to last week’s victory over Norwich City.
Similarly, Brentford, Everton and Brighton & Hove Albion were heading into Saturday’s matches hoping to make it two-in-two.
Meanwhile, Sunday’s fixtures saw Manchester United travel to Southampton following their 5-1 drubbing of Leeds United; Nuno Espírito Santo returned to the Molineux Stadium and Arsenal faced Chelsea in the London derby.
Finally, yesterday we saw the return of Monday Night Football, where West Ham United hosted Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City side.
We take a closer look at the weekend’s results below...
Liverpool 2-0 Burnley
Liverpool v Burnley was one of the easiest games to predict this weekend.
The home side started their season in perfect fashion against Norwich City and there was no doubt that they would replicate that against Burnley.
Sean Dyche’s side are yet to make any significant changes to their starting XI and there was no chance the likes of Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes were going to easily penetrate a back four that had seen the return of Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip.
Diogo Jota has had a brilliant start to the Premier League campaign and Mohamed Salah has been in fine form too, while Sadio Mane was able to get off the mark at Anfield.
It’s been two easy wins for Liverpool so far, however Burnley will want to step it up if they are to avoid relegation this season. A loss to Liverpool is somewhat forgiveable, but not straight after a disappointing opening day defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle United
Danny Ings’ superb acrobatic volley gave Villa the lead, before Anwar El Ghazi added another with a penalty in the second half - leaving Steve Bruce’s side with zero points from their opening two games.
Joe Willock returned to the starting XI following his permanent move to Tyneside, however the former Arsenal midfielder was unable to prevent the loss like he did on many occasions last season.
The Magpies host Southampton in this weekend’s fixture so will be hoping to pick up their first win of the season before they face Manchester United after the international break.
Crystal Palace 0-0 Brentford
While Crystal Palace would have been hoping for a home victory against Brentford at the weekend, they managed to do what Arsenal didn’t - take a point off Brentford.
The Eagles haven’t had the best of starts to the campaign, however their performances can give hope to the fans as Patrick Vieira tries to rebuild the Crystal Palace squad following Roy Hodgson’s departure.
Meanwhile, Brentford can be proud of themselves after picking up four points and two clean sheets from their opening two fixtures of their first Premier League campaign.
Thomas Frank stuck with a majority of the team that was promoted last season and they have repaid his faith so far.
Leeds 2-2 Everton
Leeds have given fans a very exciting start to the campaign, drawing 2-2 with Everton after their disappointing 5-1 defeat to Manchester United last week.
Supporters will have been hoping for a win in their first home game of the season, however given the Whites were behind twice at Elland Road, a point isn’t a terrible return.
An impressive performance from Raphinha - who scored their second - can also give them hope.
Everton are continuing a positive start under new boss Rafa Benitez, with Damarai Gray proving himself to be a bit of a coup so far.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has picked up where he left off last season with two goals in two games and will no doubt be a key player for the Toffees yet again.
Manchester City 5-0 Norwich City
Like Liverpool, a Manchester City win was very predictable in this tie.
Despite City’s loss to Spurs last week, they were likely to come out all guns blazing in Saturday’s match and that’s what they did.
Jack Grealish also got off the mark and kick-started his career at the Etihad Stadium.
Norwich City were unlikely to take anything from their first two matches, however will be disappointed that they went onto concede eight and score none.
Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 Watford
Brighton & Hove Albion haven’t had the most challenging of starts to the season, however six points from six is still impressive - especially given Watford’s performance against Aston Villa last weekend.
Neal Maupay was in the goals yet again and the Seagulls will be hoping he can continue his form throughout the season if they are to stay up.
Watford, meanwhile, will have to win this kind of fixtures if they are to prevent themselves dropping back down to the Championship.
Southampton 1-1 Manchester United
This result shows that perhaps Manchester United haven’t progressed as much as fans would have hoped.
Given their unbelievable performance against Leeds United last week, it looked like they could really challenge for the title this season, but will it just be another tale of inconsistency and disappointment?
Southampton will be very pleased with a point after losing Ings and Vestegaard this summer and will be hoping to pick up where they left off against Newcastle United next time out.
Wolverhampton Wanders 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Wolverhampton Wanderers welcomed old boss Nuno back to Molineux Stadium at the weekend, however were unable to stop him from returning back to the capital with all three points.
Wolves ended the match with 25 shots to Spurs’ eight, but couldn’t take the chances and failed to score for the second game in a row.
Bruno Lage is going to have to get his side back amongst the goals if they are to improve on last season.
Spurs, meanwhile, make it two wins from two in the Premier League and a goal for Dele Alli will hopefully set him up for the rest of the campaign following his disappointing stint under Jose Mourinho.
Harry Kane returned to the matchday squad and made a second half appearance which was met by various different chants by both the home and away fans.
Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea
Arsenal made history as they made it two losses in their two opening fixtures with no goals scored.
The pressure is well and truly on for Mikel Arteta, whose side has failed to impress so far.
Romelu Lukaku enjoyed a stellar debut and proved difficult to deal with for the Gunners’ defence.
There is no doubt the Belgian will shine for Chelsea this season, while Arsenal fans are likely to spend the upcoming matches cheering for Arteta’s inevitable sacking.
West Ham United 4-1 Leicester City
West Ham United were on fire in Monday night’s clash with Leicester City, scoring four goals twice in two games.
Michail Antonio became the Hammers’ outright top scorer in the Premier League with two late goals to help the home side move to the top of the table.
Leicester’s trip to London will be one to forgot for Brendan Rodgers’ side - a loss that definitely wasn’t helped by Ayoze Perez’s red card just before half-time.