Premiership Review – 24th-26th August 2013

The second weekend of the 2013/14 Premiership Season saw a few surprises and clash of two of the favourites – so how did it pan out ?

On Saturday at a damp at gloomy Craven Cottage Arsenal soon established their superiority with a goal from Giroud followed by a brace from Podolski . Fulham’s sole response was a goal from new signing Darren Bent giving the Gunners a relatively straightforward 3-1 away win and silencing some of the critics that were vocal after the defeat at the Emirates to Aston Villa.

Premiership new boys Hull City registered their first win with a Robbie Brady penalty giving the “Tigers” a 1-0 home win over Norwich . The win was marred by the dismissal of Sagbo for a headbutt but Hull manager Steve Bruce will be pleased with their performance.

Premiership newcomers Crystal Palace did not fare as well – despite going 1-0 up at Stoke with a goal from Chamakh they surrendered their lead and Stoke ran out 2-1 winners with goals from Adam and Shawcross.

Liverpool maintained their early season form with a 1-0 win at Aston Villa with Sturridge netting a great goal for the visitors – new Liverpool ‘keeper Mignolet was again in good form and Liverpool look like they mean business even without Suarez.

Paolo Di Canio’s Sunderland went 1-0 up after three minutes with a goal from Giaccerini but were pegged back to 1-1 when Fonte equalised for Southampton .

In the other Saturday games Everton drew 0-0 with West Brom and Newcastle drew 0-0 with West Ham .

The games played on Sunday provided one predictable win and one totally unpredictable !

At White Hart Lane Tottenham defeated Swansea 1-0 with a converted penalty from Soldado who clearly knows where the goal is and should prove to be a useful acquisition for Tottenham . Swansea  looked as if they had not fully recovered from their Europa League exploits on Thursday night and no doubt this will be a worry for Swansea fans as they may not have a big enough squad to cope with Thursday night Europa League games followed by tough Premiership games a day or two later.

The shock of the weekend took place at Cardiff where the Bluebirds ( are you still allowed to call them that ? ) ran out 3-2 winners over title chasers Manchester City . Cardiff were well organised and effective and highlighted some defensive frailties in the City team who continue to look impressive going forward but vulnerable at the back .

In the final game of the weekend on Bank Holiday Monday Manchester United took on Chelsea at Old Trafford in a game that promised much but ended in a wholly predictable 0-0 draw . Pundits were puzzled by Mourinho’s team set up as Chelsea were playing without an out and out striker but clearly the “Special One” knew what he was doing as Chelsea’s hard working midfield gave United little space to play .

 

Another weekend of unpredictable action – don’t forget to follow next weekend’s action on the Live Football Scores site !