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Pitch-Side Review: Goals and Red Cards Galore

Our Week 2 Premier League Pitch-Side Review looks at the crazy number of goals and red cards, as well as some internal competition.

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Pitch-Side Review: Goals and Red Cards Galore

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Week two of the Premier League was so unbelievably wild that I don’t really know where to begin. I’ve heard the beginning is a very good place to start, though. Let’s get into it.

The ones with seven goals

The early matches on both Saturday and Sunday had a couple things in common. Both saw hat tricks and seven goals. And though not early, two recently promoted clubs traded punches for seven as well.

Everton strikes again and again

On Saturday, Dominic Calvert-Lewin led a potent Everton attack that looks like it’ll give fits to even the best teams. The Merseyside Derby may actually be legit this year. James Rodriguez is slotting perfectly into the Toffees’ midfield. They look to have that much more bite. Sure, West Brom were able to get a couple, but they never really looked good enough to compete for points.

But man, this Everton team can compete for the Top 4. They’ve made the right moves in the transfer window and have back to back wins to begin the season. They may not fall far from the top, where they currently sit.

Son Shines thanks to ‘arry

On Sunday, Harry Kane set a Premier League record for an Englishman with four assists. The Tottenham talisman was pure class, setting up Heung-min Son for four goals as well as knocking in one of his own late in the game. This was truly a tale of two halves for the North London club. Southampton were the much better team in the first half, striking first and dominating possession.

Spurs got a bit of luck when Ndombele showed why he was brought in last season, making an impressive turn and playing the ball through to Kane. After bringing in Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilón, competition will be tough. However, if the second half of this match gives a view of anything, it’s that on their day Spurs can be deadly.

Leeds part of another seven goal affair

Make no mistake, Leeds are going to be exciting to watch all season. I’m longing to see them match up with Wolves, as I expect it will be free flowing football that will draw neutrals and maybe even change the minds of those who think soccer is “boring”. Patrick Bamford has risen to the occasion, and the wing play of Jack Harrison is going to become a sight to behold.

It looked as though The Whites were going to run away with the match, but Fulham were able to stop the feast and get a couple for themselves. It’s encouraging for The Cottagers despite the loss, but they need to start taking points in their next few matches to prevent an immediate relegation. Leeds have been eliminated from the League Cup, which for them will be a shot of adrenaline for their Premier League campaign. It all but ensures that Marcelo Bielsa’s rigorous training and style won’t get the best of his club too early.

Wait, how many red cards?

Brighton & Hove Albion surprised us all. In our season previews, we all expected The Seagulls to live at the bottom of the table and be playing Championship football next season. But they came out swinging at St. James’ Park. However, a big win is marred by the boneheaded play of Yves Bissouma, who was shown red for an absolutely stupid kick in the face.

Speaking of boneheaded play, Kieran Gibbs was sent to the locker room right on the cusp of halftime at Everton. The West Brom defender took a hard push from James Rodriguez and reacted by hitting him in the face. While it wasn’t completely egregious, any purposeful hand to the face will result in a red card, no questions asked.

And then there’s Andreas Christensen. The Chelsea defender seemed to forget what kind of football he was playing as he chased down Liverpool’s Sadio Mané. A sending off against the Premier League Champions is not something anyone would want to face, let alone for an entire half. Mané struck twice to give Liverpool a 2-0 win. However, this well could have been a different game if Chelsea had played the second half with 11 men. Well, that and if Kepa knew what he was doing…

John Egan somehow managed to out-do the especially early exits of Gibbs and Christensen by denying a goal-scoring opportunity in the 12th minute of Sheffield United’s clash with Aston Villa. While the decision felt a bit harsh, it was a denial, and VAR confirmed the red card.

Wait, what week is it?

Despite it being game week 2, there are four teams who didn’t play in week 1 for scheduling reasons. They split the spoils. Manchester City (3-1) and Aston Villa (1-0) were able to come out victorious, while Manchester United (3-1) and Burnley (4-2) were downed.

This whole scheduling thing is actually crazy to me. It happened due to the Manchester clubs being involved with the Champions League, allowing them a bit of a break. But as I say that, I’m looking at the Tottenham schedule in which they play at least seven, possibly eight matches between September 13th and October 3rd. Where’s their rest?

Turf-Wars update

Chelsea fell 2-0 to Liverpool, giving Christian Heilman an edge over Andrew Mark Wilhelm and Katie Pierce.

My Spurs ran all over Ryan Kelly’s Southampton in the second half, taking that match 5-2.

Manchester United looked flat in a 3-1 thumping from Crystal Palace. This puts Justin over Joe, and has our internal table looking real interesting.

TeamTurf Writer(s)PointsGoal Difference
LiverpoolChristian Heilman6+3
Crystal PalaceJustin Colombo6+3
Tottenham HotspurKevin Morin3+2
ChelseaAndrew Mark Wilhelm/Katie Pierce30
Manchester UnitedJoe Danbusky0-2
Southampton FCRyan Kelly0-4

Kevin is an actor, director, playwright, and musician who works in tech. He is die hard New England sports and an avid Tottenham supporter. His qualifications include scoring 1 point in his elementary school basketball career, 4 years of mixed little league results, and breaking his arm with a skip-it days before pre-season workouts started for Freshman football.

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