Remember everything you thought you knew about the Premier League after Matchweek 1? Well, some of that did not carry over to MW2. It’s really tough to evaluate teams after just two weeks of play, so I’m going to continue to reserve judgment until at least the end of the month and probably longer than that.
Arsenal 2 - West Ham 1
The Gunners were sloppy but found a way to win.
Everton 5 - West Bromwich Albion 2
If you can believe it, this one went into halftime even at 2 goals apiece. But it was only a matter of time before Everton took over, aided significantly by Kieran Gibbs getting a straight red for smacking James Rodriguez in the face after the latter had bumped him. Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored a hat trick.
Leeds United 4 - Fulham 3
Until further notice, Leeds are appointment TV. 2 matches, 7 goals for, 7 goals against. They are wild. Helder Costa hit a double for Marcelo Bielsa’s men, Mateusz Klick scored a penalty, and Patrick Bamford got one as well. Aleksander Mitrovic scored a brace for a Fulham side that looked much better than they did against Arsenal.
Manchester United 1 - Crystal Palace 3
United put in an uninspired performance, and a late Wilfried Zaha double made them pay for it. Zaha is now 75% of the way to his goal total for last year. Not much more to this one — United just looked flat.
Southampton 2 - Tottenham Hotspur 5
Son Hueng-Min scored 4 goals on four assists from Harry Kane, who added a late goal of his own. It felt like the Saints completely mailed it in once they went behind, which was surprising to see. Danny Ings got both goals in the losing performance.
Newcastle United 0 - Brighton & Hove Albion 3
The Seagulls went up 2-0 inside 7 minutes and that was about that. Newcastle didn’t have the horses or the desire, it seemed, to get back into the match. Not taking much away from this one; I’m chalking it up to score effects. Neal Maupay hit a double.
Chelsea 0 - Liverpool 2
Sadio Mane scored a brace to lift the Reds over the 10-man Blues. The match turned right before halftime when Andres Christensen inexplicably wrested Mane to the ground from behind on a breakaway. No idea what he was thinking. It was a pretty even match until that point.
Leicester 4 - Burnley 2
That scoreline flatters the Foxes a bit. Burnley actually scored first and had a chance to pull within one towards the end of the match but hit the woodwork.