In week two of the Premier League, we saw more of the highs and lows that we’ve been missing for the last three months. So there’s one thing left to do, it’s grading time!
Manchester United – A
Top of the league and top of this list. Swansea City have been a thorn in the side of United for years and this Mourinho side disposed of them like they were nothing. Mkhitaryan looks incredible this year and the substitutions were perfect. United look like they’re the team to beat this year.
Watford – A
Another great performance by Watford who look to have really jelled this year. Marco Silva’s side racked up 19 shots against a Bournemouth side who were slightly improved from last week. However, the Hornets really performed in the second half and really tore the Cherries apart.
West Brom – B
Another week and another 1-0 victory in favour of a Tony Pulis team. This time around they traveled to Turf Moor to take on a Burnley side who are impressive at home. Burnley also took three points from Stamford Bridge last week, meaning this was always going to be tough for the Baggies. However, Burnley didn’t manage a shot on target, so that tells you all you need to know about the Broms defensive display.
Stoke City – B
Last week I said that Stoke would have to rely on Shaqiri and I didn’t think he could carry them on his own. This week, a great defensive display, a goal from a new loanee Jese and I was impressed. Another good attacking signing and Stoke will be fine. I think this result made up for last weeks underwhelming display.
Manchester City – B
After Walker got sent off for City. I thought Everton would go on to take control and win the game. However, the effort and determination they put in earned them the point and nearly all three. City showed more heart today than i’ve seen from them in a while.
Liverpool – B-
After conceding three against Watford in week one. Liverpool needed a clean sheet and they delivered. They looked reasonable defensively and that’s not something we say about Liverpool often.
Leicester City – B-
Another good performance by a Leicester side who were unlucky against Arsenal. After leaking four last week it was important they looked strong and stable. Which they did.
Everton – C+
A great point but Koeman will wonder why City were able to dominate the game with fewer men. They rode their luck in the second half but still gained a point where most would fail.
Southampton – C+
They’ve scored more goals this week than they had shots on target last week. Much better from them this week. Maybe a little lucky due to referee decisions and stupidity from some West Ham players.
Huddersfield Town – C+
Not the best performance by Huddersfield and the game was painfully drab. However, a moment of brilliance from Aaron Mooy secured all three points. They also looked very solid defensively again. Did anyone start the season with Huddersfield defenders in their fantasy team?
Chelsea – C
Champions can be average and still pick up crucial wins. That’s what Chelsea are, they’re still nothing like the team they were last year. However, the table looks slightly better.
Tottenham Hotspur – C
Their Wembley woes continue although, I thought Spurs played well and deserved at least a point. Much improved performance than last week. While Kane continues to struggle, Eriksen looked top notch again.
Brighton – D+
Another tough game for Chris Hughton’s boys. However, that’s four/five league games they’ve failed to score and they’d rather not mention the one they did. They looked better than they did last week. However, Leicester were a lot sharper and that was key in their victory.
West Ham – D+
A stupid red card and a controversial decision cost West Ham this week. But at 2-0 down, West Ham did their fans proud, they showed determination to get back into the match and nearly stole a point from Southampton. Positive signs despite the result.
Crystal Palace – D
Defensively they looked more organized but were run ragged by a pacy Liverpool side but positive signs were there for Crystal Palace. Massive game for them against Swansea City next week.
Bournemouth – D
They improved on last week but only a little… They again looked clueless in attack and spend too much time on the ball without purpose or intent. A lot to think about for Eddie Howe.
Arsenal – D
Typical Arsenal. So much possession, 18 shots. 732 passes. Complete domination but they lose. I feel sorry for some Arsenal fans simply because this seems to happen 4-5 times a season. So… WengerOut?
Burnley – D-
A very tough defeat for Burnley this week and they’ve let themselves down after a great result in week one. No shots on target at home to ten-man West Brom isn’t good enough.
Swansea City – D-
180 minutes played. 9 shots, 0 on target. The Swans looked solid defensively for 75 minutes against United but it doesn’t take a genius to see where Swansea need to improve. Swansea need to sign attacking quality and they need it quick. Otherwise, they’re in trouble.
Newcastle United – D-
Defensively they looked reasonably solid. Offensively, they were abysmal. Benitez has a lot of work to do and his decision to only have one striker on the pitch throughout the game left fans confused. Newcastle don’t seem to have a plan B, which they’re going to need because plan A, isn’t a good plan.