Another interesting week in the Premier League saw a rather strange performance from Burnley at West Brom. Sean Dyche’s side managed a very impressive total of 20 shots, but what was more impressive was that not one of those 20 were on target.
Opposition manager Tony Pulis, whose players recorded a measly 32% possession, continues his habit of pulling off statistically unlikely victories.
Elsewhere newcomers Huddersfield made it two wins out of two. David Wagner’s side top the tackle count from the opening games as he imposes his pressing style on the Premier League.
Tottenham vs Chelsea
Wembley hoodoo or not, Spurs look unlucky to have lost their opening Premier League game at the iconic stadium. Totttenham started to dominate the chances once Chelsea had taken the lead (on 24 minutes) as they searched for an equaliser and Conte’s players settled in to defend.
Stoke vs Arsenal
Rather like in their game against Leicester last week, Arsenal were matched by Stoke until the last 20 minutes, then dominated the closing stages. Unlike in the game against Leicester, Stoke held out.
In a tribute to ex-boss Tony Pulis, Mark Hughes side took home the points despite an incredibly low 23% possession.
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace
Although Liverpool only won by a solitary goal, they could have had more in a game where Palace offered very little going forwards. Last weeks humiliation at the hands of Premier League new boys Huddersfield seems to have had a profound effect on de Boer. Almost a third of his sides passes were long balls (90 from 285), hardly the Ajax way.
Manchester City vs Everton
City were perhaps a tad unlucky to draw this one. Especially considering that they were a man down from the 44th minute as Kyle Walker saw red on his home debut. This doesn’t seem to have materially helped raise Everton’s shooting opportunities, even with the introduction of £40 million man Sigurdsson after 61 minutes.
Swansea vs Manchester United
This was another impressive win by Mourinho’s side, who are the only title contenders with a 100% record even at this early stage in the campaign.
For the second week running, Swansea hardly put up a fight. They prop up the division with 9 shots so far from their two matches, while they have allowed opposing team’s a league high 46. It looks like they’re in for a long season.
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