2020-21 Premier League: Week Two Roundup

Leicester City climbed to the Premier League summit on an eventful weekend which featured 44 goals across ten matches, as Aston Villa, Burnley, Manchester City and Manchester United finally began their league campaigns.

Leicester fell behind early on to Burnley when Chris Wood struck from close range but Harvey Barnes fired in an equaliser ten minutes later in a tightly fought opening half.

Erik Pieters would however put the Foxes ahead when he deflected Timothy Castagne’s shot into his own net, which was soon followed up by James Justin’s first Premier League goal to send Leicester 3-1 up with 29 minutes left of the match.

Jimmy Dunne however nodded in a 76th minute header from a free-kick to offer Burnley hope of a late fightback, only for Dennis Praet to smash in a stunner from just outside the box to snatch a 4-2 win which sent the Foxes top on goal difference from Everton and Arsenal.

Everton however sit second by virtue of scoring six goals to Arsenal’s five after thrashing West Brom in a seven goal epic at Goodison Park.

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Grady Diangana initially fired the Baggies ahead before Dominic Calvert-Lewin flicked in the Toffees’ level just after the half hour mark, prior to Kieran Gibbs’ sending off on stroke of half-time for a foul on James Rodriguez who had fired Everton ahead just moments earlier for his first Premier League goal.

West Brom’s manager, Slaven Bilic soon found himself sent off at half-time for complaining to referee, Mike Dean, although Matheus Pereira then pulled the Baggies level from a 47th minute stunning free-kick into top right corner

Keane however poked Everton back in front just seven minutes later from Sam Johnstone’s fumble of Richarlison’s header, before Calvert-Lewin completed his hat-trick to clinch a 5-2 home win for Everton as West Brom stays rock-bottom.

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Arsenal scraped a dramatic 2-1 victory over West Ham through Eddie Nketiah’s late tap-in after Michail Antonio had cancelled out Alexandre Lacazette’s opening header, although they slid from top spot to third position.

Liverpool round out the top four after Sadio Mane’s brace within four second-half minutes proved enough to edge past ten-man Chelsea, after Andreas Christiansen was sent off for the Blues on stroke of half-time for denying Mane a goal scoring opportunity.

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Down in relegation zone, Fulham moved to third-bottom after falling to a narrow 4-3 loss to fellow promoted club, Leeds United at Elland Road despite falling 4-1 down after 57 minutes.

Southampton slid to second bottom despite Danny Ings’ brace after losing 5-2 at home to Tottenham, in which Son-Heung Min scored four of Spurs’ goals via Harry Kane assists, before Kane himself netted their fifth on rebound from Erik Lamela’s blocked shot.

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Elsewhere, Wilfried Zaha scored twice as Crystal Palace stunned Manchester United 3-1 at Old Trafford for their second consecutive away Premier League win over the Red Devils, who were playing their first game of the 2020-21 season.

Manchester City recorded a tenth consecutive opening victory to a new season after defeating Wolves 3-1 at Molineux, despite Raul Jimenez netting a consolation goal for Wolves after first-half goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden had City in control before Gabriel Jesus capped off the victory in injury time.

Brighton bounced back from an opening defeat last weekend to thrash Newcastle United in a dominant three goal display at St James’ Park, as Neal Maupay put the Seagulls two goals ahead in the opening seven minutes before setting up Aaron Connolly for their third goal in 84th minute.

Finally, Ezri Konsa’s header proved enough for Aston Villa to begin their Premier League campaign with victory over Sheffield United, who had John Egan sent off for denying Ollie Watkins a goal scoring opportunity on his Premier League debut.

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