One thing that can’t be leveled at the Premier League so far this season is that it’s been dull.
Match Day 2 proved to be a record-breaking weekend in terms of goals scored across the round, with 44 netted in 10 games, the most ever in single round of games for a 20-team league.
Of the 18 games across the two rounds so far, there has not been a single draw, which bodes well going forward as sides look to make a strong start in this the most peculiar of seasons.
Premier League Match of the Round: Manchester City vs Leicester City
One of two standout games across the round, but having focused on Liverpool the past two weeks, Leicester City’s trip to the Etihad represents the chance to look at two sides with aspirations of at least finishing in the top four – while for Manchester City, only the title will do.
Both sides have made perfect starts to the season, albeit Man City playing just once so far, with goals coming pretty easy for both sides. Pep Guardiola’s side put last season’s Molineux nightmare behind them with an impressive 3-1 victory, while Leicester City followed up their opening round 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion with a 4-2 home win over Burnley.
For Manchester City, Kevin De Bruyne picked up where he left off last season, as last season’s PFA Player of the Year marked his return to action will a goal and assist. Since the start of last season, he has been directly involved in more Premier League goals (35 – 14 goals, 21 assists) than any other player, three ahead of Mohamed Salah who is second (32) and will likely be at the heart of anything good the hosts do.
The Foxes meanwhile will be without key player Wilfred Ndidi, who is set to miss the next 12 weeks with an abductor injury. Despite that setback, one major plus has been the form of new signing Timothy Castagne, who has been perpetual motion down the right-hand side so far.
They will also have a rested Jamie Vardy to call on, who has a very decent record of five goals and an assist in his last eight league appearances against City.
Rest of the Round
The weekend action commences from the south coast when Brighton & Hove Albion host a Manchester United looking to bounce back from their defeat to Crystal Palace last week.
Two sides with perfect records so far meet at Selhurt Park when Crystal Palace face Everton, while Edouard Mendy could make his Chelsea debut in goal when they travel to face West Brom.
Saturday’s action concludes with Burnley against Southampton.
Sunday begins at Bramall Lane as a winless Sheffield United host Leeds United in a Yorkshire derby.
Tottenham Hotspur face Newcastle United, while Wolverhampton Wanderers travel to the capital to play West Ham United.
There are two games on Monday once again, beginning with Fulham against Aston Villa, before the always-entertaining clash between Liverpool and Arsenal.
Premier League Player to Watch: Son Heung-min – Tottenham Hotspur – £2.29
No surprise with this one, but Son Heung-min is likely to be entering this week’s game with a heightened level of confidence following his four-goal haul against Southampton last weekend.
It was a clinical display from the South Korean international, with his link-up play with Harry Kane on full display, who assisted all his goals that afternoon.
With 5x In-Play Dividends still available, it could be the perfect time to add an in-form Son to your Portfolio.