We have completed two weeks of the 38 that make up the Premier League season and already we’ve seen some things that we may have not thought we would at this point. Let’s take a look at them:
Burnley gets a 2-0 win over Liverpool. nobody saw that one coming. Especially not after Liverpool scored four goals in their opener to beat Arsenal. But Burnley shut them out in their second match since being promoted to the Premier League. Fans had barely had time to settle in when Sam Vokes rocketed one in to put Burnley up 1-0 in the second minute. In the 37th minute they scored again on a goal from Andre Gray to take a 2-0 lead into the halftime locker room.
Speaking of newly promoted clubs, Hull city has six points already in their two matches. In their first match they beat defending champion Leicester City 2-1 and in their second they beat Swansea 2-0. Could they be this year’s Leicester City? Perhaps it is too soon to make that claim, but a great start for Hull nonetheless.
Arsenal has only one point after two matches. Granted, their schedule has not been easy for the first two weeks with Liverpool and Leicester City, but Arsenal was the second place finisher a year ago and much is expected from them this season. Not off to a flying start after scoring three times yet still losing to Liverpool and then getting a clean sheet with Leicester yet only coming away with a draw.
Here are some other takeaways from the first two weeks that probably are not too surprising to most Premier League fans.
Manchester United and Chelsea are back. Both of them have six points after two matches. Both are coming off of disappointing seasons last year, and in Man U’s case it has been two of the last three that did not go well. But they look like title contenders so far. Man U already has won two games by two goals each.
Pep Guardiola has Manchester City roaring out of the gates. City has six points after two weeks of play. Sandwiched in between they had a 5-0 Champion League win as well. They followed up their five goal performance on Tuesday over Steau with four more on Saturday at Stoke. Both of those rod results were very impressive and City still doesn’t have Vincent Kompany back yet.
We are only two weeks in, but already we have to like Man U, Chelsea and City to take three of the four Champions League spots. Of course, at this point last season everyone had City walking away with the top spot and they barely got back into the Champions League, so…a lot of soccer still to be played.