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How did your team do this weekend? Grading Premier League teams performances of week 1.

In week one of the Premier League we’ve witnessed some great team performances and some abysmal team performances but how did your team do this weekend?

Huddersfield Town – A*

If Huddersfield are going to stay in the Premier League they’ll need performances like this, where they’re not necessarily the better team but are organized at the back and clinical up-front. A 3-0 away win over Crystal Palace probably doesn’t tell the whole story but it tells you how good David Wagners men are and that they’re not just here to make up the numbers!

Burnley – A

You’ve been told by many pundits that your favorites for relegation, you’ve just sold your star striker to one of your rivals. How do you react? You beat the champions at their own ground for your first away win in 21 games, that’s right! I’m not sure what the Burnley boys were told before the match but boy were they ready!

Manchester United – B+

There were a lot of great performances this weekend and it looks like Jose Mourinho’s team are going to have a great season. A dominating performance against a West Ham side they were expected to struggle against, Bailly and Jones were dominant, Pogba and Matic looked great. Rashford looked hungry and Lukaku did what Lukaku does best, score goals. Excited to see what happens next for Man United.

Watford – B+

Another team who are expected to have a difficult season, they struggled against a pacy Liverpool side but honestly, caused more problems than what they received. It was unfortunate to see Janmaat go off so early but strangely for a team that conceded three, they looked pretty solid defensively. On the attack, they’re quick, strong and were clinical. Happy days for Watford fans.

Manchester City – B

A potential Banana skin avoided, Brighton were expected to be tough opposition for City who steamrolled past them. It was a solid performance for City, Aguero & Kompany looked fantastic but we’ll have to see how they cope against a more attacking opposition.

West Brom – B

Clean sheet (Check) an organized back line (check) a win (Check) and a dominating performance from new signings (check). It was a perfect day for West Brom with Jay Rodriguez looking to be one of the signings of the season and Ahmed Hegazi rising to meet everything that came to him. The Baggies restricted Bournemouth to one shot on target and it was tame at best. Good day at the office.

Everton – B

A solid performance from the Toffees which I think we were all expecting, Stoke never looked like troubling Pickford. Idrissa Gueye might just be the most underrated player on the planet and the local hero scored for his boyhood club. Very happy day for the Evertonians.

Arsenal – B-

Defensively Arsene Wenger needs to sort things out, that is clear. However, in an attacking retrospect, can anyone stop Arsenal? Lacazette looks like he’ll be a key man for the Gunners this season and if they can get Sanchez firing as well. I think we’ll enjoy watching the Gunners this season and we might even go a couple months without seeing #WengerOUT. Okay, maybe not.

Spurs – C+

In my opinion, Spurs looked competent but unremarkable.  Newcastle weren’t troubled up until the sending off and will count themselves perhaps unlucky. However, Spurs put in a thoroughly professional peformance and in the end deserved the three points.

Southampton – C+

29 shots, two on target and no goals. 60% possession and 13 corners. That’s all I have to say.

Leicester City – C

They looked good. They played with the same pace and precision that won them the title under Ranieri. Top ten finish for them this season I think.

Liverpool – C

Probably unlucky not to take all three points but they’re desperate for some work on the defence. However, Mane, Salah and Firmino look a formidable partnership. Liverpool will be your both teams to score bet this season.

Brighton – C-

Chris Hughton sent them out to get a point, his players played their hearts out and nearly delivered. Unlucky against a tough City side. Perhaps still need a little something in attack, is Anthony Knockaert the answer?

Swansea City – D

They somehow picked up a point on the first day. They were thoroughly dominated by Southampton and were lucky to get a point. I doubt Swans fans were happy with the performance and if Clement wants Swansea to stay-up they’ll need to play better than that.

Newcastle United – D

Looked solid defensively until stupidity from Jonjo Shelvey, offensively Newcastle need work. However, Benitez needs to sort his captain’s attitude out first. Plus two injuries to key defenders makes it an awful day for the Geordies.

Bournemouth – D

It’s never easy to play at the Hawthorns and Bournemouth found that out the hard way. They struggled to match West Broms physicality and lost because of it. They’ll bounce back though.

Chelsea – D-

What happened? No one was expecting that, poor all over the pitch for 60 minutes and reckless challenges everywhere. Not the champions we saw last season. Morata scored though.

Stoke City – D-

Felt underwhelmed by Stoke, they’re going to have to rely on Shaqiri a lot this season and I really don’t think he’s good enough to carry them offensively.

West Ham United – D-

Came up against a very good Man United side but looked toothless, Hernandez barely had a sniff and he isn’t the kind of player to create for himself. Not worrying signs for the Hammers just a bad day at the office.

Crystal Palace – E

I feel bad for putting them so low because in honesty, they had the better of the game. However, they were poor in the final third and dreadful in defense. A day to forget and a lot of work to do.

So there are my ratings, what did you think of your teams performance on week one of the Premier League?

About Michael Grahamslaw

I'm a second year Sports Journalism student at Sunderland University. Massive Newcastle United fan. Favourite player ever is Laurent Robert. Some may find my views are controversial but I enjoy a good debate so if you think differently to me, come share your views on my Twitter.

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