The 2020/2021 English Premier League season began last week and as always there were a lot of talking points from the opening day of the Premier League campaign.
Leeds United back in the Premier League after their 16 years of absence gave defending champions, Liverpool, a good run for their money in an entertaining fixture. There were, as well, impressive performances from Everton and Newcastle who secured victories over Tottenham and West Ham respectively.
So what will Matchday two of the 2020/2021 Premier League season offer? We take a look at the mouth-watering fixtures involving Frank Lampard’s Chelsea and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp at Stamford Bridge as well as the clash of the new boys, with Leeds United taking on Fulham at Ellan road on Saturday.
Lampard’s army vs Klopp’s Incredibles
Chelsea have made a clear statement of intent in this summer’s transfer window. The club is eager to return to the top of the Premier League table and have thus assembled an army for Frank Lampard.
While there is a huge possibility of some of the new signings being unable to feature against Klopp’s Incredibles, it will be a good time to see how the likes of Timo Werner, who had a good game against Brighton, perform against the top teams in the Premier League.
Klopp’s side opened their season account on a winning note with Salah getting an opening day hat trick. Although hard-fought, the victory over Leeds United served as a reminder of how strong the Liverpool team are and how difficult of a fixture it will be for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
It easily passes as the fixture of the weekend and with a lot of quality players, nothing short of an action-packed fixture is expected. But will Frank’s new army defeat Klopp’s Incredibles? Sunday has the answer to that.
Manchester clubs back in action
Both Manchester City and Manchester United will be back in action this week after missing out on the opening day of the season. The two teams were excused from Matchday one duties as a result of their prolonged involvement in last season’s European competitions.
Manchester United will welcome Crystal Palace at Old Trafford and the latter after securing a win last weekend will love to make it two consecutive wins in the season. But it will be a difficult task as United will look to get off to a flying start in the new campaign.
There will be the opportunity to have a glimpse at new boy Donny van de Beek who joined the club from Ajax on a five-year deal. Bruno Fernades will also be in the spotlight as many will expect him to continue his blistering form that helped Manchester United to secure a Champions League place last season.
It will be a difficult task for Pep Guardiola’s side who visit Wolves on Monday night. Nuno’s men defeated Sheffield United last Monday and will give Manchester City a very challenging game.
Battle of the new boys
The opening day of the 2020/2021 Premier League season was no good to the newly promoted side as all three teams lost in their respective fixture. Leeds United succumbed to a 4-3 defeat to Liverpool while Fulham and West Brom suffered 3-0 defeats to Arsenal and Leicester City respectively.
It was Leeds United who came close to changing that narrative as they scored three times to peg back the defending champions at their home ground. And it is a performance that did not go unnoticed by Jurgen Klopp who labelled the team as unbelievable.
Bielsa’s men will be looking to build on that performance and avoid a second consecutive defeat this weekend when they welcome Fulham to the Ellan Road.
Patrick Bamford was on the score sheet the last time the two teams met, with Leeds United securing a 3-0 victory and a place at the top of the table. This weekend’s fixture thus presents a perfect opportunity for Fulham to enact their revenge and ensure that they avoid a second consecutive defeat. Watch out for this one.
The West Brom concern
It is early days yet, but West Brom after just a game played have relegation written all over them. Their return to the Premier League saw them defeated by an impressive Leicester side and they meet a side as good as last week’s opponent in Everton this weekend.
The Merseyside team last week defeated Tottenham by a lone goal with new boys, James Rodriguez, Allan and Doucoure all making debuts for the club. Ancelloti and his men would want to make it two out of two and in the process make things very difficult for Bilic’s side.
Unfortunately for West Brom, they welcome Chelsea next to the Hawthorns and things could get messier by the end of the third week of the 2020/2021 Premier League season.
The fixtures have been cruel for the newly-promoted side but they will be hoping to upset the odds and gain some points from their next two tough games.
Premier League Matchday 2 fixtures
Saturday 19th September
Everton 12:30 West Bromwich Albion
Leeds United 15:00 Fulham
Manchester United 17:30 Crystal Palace
Arsenal 20:00 West Ham United
Sunday 20th September
Southampton 12:00 Tottenham Hotspur
Newcastle United 14:00 Brighton and Hove Albion
Chelsea 16:30 Liverpool
Leicester City 19:00 Burnley
Monday 21st September
Aston Villa 18:00 Sheffield United
Wolves 20:15 Manchester City