Following Arsenal’s 1 – 0 Monday Night Football win over Crystal Palace, matchweek 2 of the Premier League is complete.
The Premier League table has yet to take shape earnestly as many teams are still a work in progress. Big wins for Spurs, Brighton and Aston Villa caught the eye. Meanwhile, Manchester United and Chelsea still have work to do to play themselves into some form.
Below we examine the winners and losers from Premier League matchweek 2.
Brighton equalled their first result of the season with another 4 – 1 win, this time over Wolves. Somehow, the Brighton train keeps rolling on in spite of the fact they’ve sold their best players. With exciting, innovative football and great goals, they will be everyone’s second team this season. They sit top of the Premier League table as one of only three teams with six points after two games.
In their first home game of the season in the wake of Harry Kane’s departure, Spurs showed some defiance. They certainly rode their luck against Manchester United, and could have conceded. However, after two of the most negative managers in world football, the fact they took the game to United will be encouraging. The squad is still incomplete, but they have gained some confidence.
Villa endured a torrid start to the season. ACL injuries to Emi Buendia and Tryone Mings came sandwiched in between an opening day thrashing away at Newcastle. It served to deflate some of the anticipation that had built around them over the summer. Their 4 – 0 win over Everton on Saturday demonstrated just how exciting they could be this season.
United’s unconvincing win over Wolves on the opening day was compounded by a naive loss to Spurs on Saturday. If Erik ten Hag is the manager to return them to glory, he needs to show it this season. So far the new midfield of Mount, Casimero and Fernandes has failed to click. They need to start winning soon, or they will be playing catch up all season.
The Chelsea project under Todd Boehly continues to delight rival fans. Moises Caicedo, the most expensive Premier League transfer ever, conceded a penalty on his debut. The 3 – 1 defeat to West Ham leaves them already three points behind their Champions League rivals.
There is no shame in losing to Brentford. Plus, Fulham did win their first game of the season, so they are not in crisis. However, over the first two games, they are the worst-performing defensive team in the Premier League. Their next game? Arsenal away. The objective next weekend must surely be to avoid a humbling at the Emirates.