How did the Premier League fare on the opening weekend? Find out in our Round 1 Review!
Arsenal finally have a world class striker
It’s not that the Round 1 Review doesn’t love Olivier Giroud, but seriously, Arsenal needed some world class talent. Lacazette seems to fit the bill. Some lovely touches capped off with a goal on his competitive debut – we can’t see Giroud starting again anytime soon.
Pulis season ahead for West Brom
West Brom’s defensive masterclass against Bournemouth was devastatingly effective – if not entirely thrilling. They had a mere 30% of possession, but created far more chances than Bournemouth, mostly from set pieces. Expect to see the Tony Pulis special on repeat this season.
Trouble brewing already at Palace
After a 3-0 loss to a Huddersfield side most expect to be sucked into a relegation battle, Crystal Palace have started the season in bad shape. While de Boer was expected to instil a new level of defensive prowess, there remains a lot of work still to be done.
Chelsea in need of ring-ins
Any free for a game against Spurs next weekend? With both Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas suspended for next week derby, Chelsea are desperate need of some reinforcements, especially in midfield. Then again, who needs a midfield when Morata has started the season in such fine form?
Can Swansea avoid the drop?
After a snore draw in an otherwise exciting weekend of football, Swansea fans will probably be content with a point against Southampton. Some promising movement and touches from Tammy Abraham would also have given them some hope, but things don’t look in tip top shape for the Welsh side.
Don’t get too excited, Everton
A goal on debut for the prodigal son, Wayne Rooney, and Everton fans and commentators alike are in raptures! However, the hype appears to have papered over some serious cracks – namely, how much Everton will struggle having failed to have adequately replaced Romelu Lukaku.
Someone, please teach Liverpool how to defend
Does Tony Pulis need a job? Don’t get us wrong, Top Tiers loves Jurgen Klopp as much as the next German, but it has gone too long without fixing Liverpool’s defence. Two goals conceded from set plays and two points dropped – and that just in one game. Do something, and do it quickly.
Will Manchester City go the whole way?
Brighton and Hove, the Premier League’s new boys, made it difficult for Manchester City, without offering too much of a threat themselves. So what did we learn from City? Honestly not much – they created plenty, with Jesus putting two disallowed goals away, but it wasn’t really a routine win against a newly promoted side.
No signings, no worries
Tottenham, on the other hand, couldn’t have been more routine if they’d tried. A comfortable 2-0 over Newcastle had Spurs moving slowly through the gears, winding up to hopefully another year in the Champions League. Who said they needed new signings?
Lukaku worth every penny
And Pogba too! Manchester United looked a side reborn as they went top of the table with a convincing 4-0 win over a good West Ham side. But with Pogba given more freedom and Lukaku’s mobility and power up front, United are guaranteed goals. Exciting times indeed!
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