Premier League Grades: Matchday 2

All 20 Premier League sides feature this gameweek as some sides stuttered, others rose to the challenge. Here are the results:

Premier League Matchday 2 Results

Everton vs West Brom 5-2
Leeds United vs Fulham 4-3
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace 1-3
Arsenal vs West Ham 2-1
Southampton vs Tottenham 2-5
Newcastle vs Brighton 0-3
Chelsea vs Liverpool 0-2
Leicester City vs Burnley 4-2
Aston Villa vs Sheffield United 1-0
Wolves vs Manchester City 1-3

Premier League Matchday 2 Grades:

EVERTON – 9.5/10

An outstanding performance in attack as Everton swept aside West Brom despite being behind and losing the lead in the first 50 minutes of the game. Carlo Ancelotti has revolutionised Everton and his signings have been exceptional. He has also improved Calvert-Lewin to a such a degree that he has to be called up to the England squad next month. Still a worry defensively but I think with time, they will solve their problems.

WEST BROM – 4/10

While they played much better than the opening day, they are still on a -6 GD two games into their Premier League campaign. Diangana and Pereira played excellently and West Brom caused problems. The red card obviously changed the game and no Slaven Bilic cannot have helped. It doesn’t get easier with Chelsea up next and this could be a rough start this season.

LEEDS UNITED 7.5/10

Ding-dong battle but came out as the winners in this one. Bamford and Costa stole the show but the midfield remained dominant and has a lot of talent. A relegation six-pointer and while the defending is certainly questionable, this is a big step forward.

FULHAM 4/10

Just not enough quality to get points against Leeds. The defending was once again awful and they need to shore up their backline or it will be a quick stay in the Premier League for Scott Parker’s side.

MANCHESTER UNITED 2/10

Awful. A lacklustre and sluggish performance as United were cut apart on the counter and struggled to break Palace down. United need signings but first and foremost, the team needs to be fit. They aren’t and they were punished for it.

CRYSTAL PALACE 9/10

A much-deserved win as they got their tactics right as they bullied United’s back four all game long. Zaha was electric, Sakho and Kouyate were walls at the back and the midfield pairing bossed the game. Two big wins and a big challenge against Everton will show how much they have in the tank.

ARSENAL 7/10

An important win as they certainly were not dominant in the game. Antonio caused a lot of problems for Arsenal and they are lucky that they did not get a penalty against them. Defensively there remians a question mark over this side but it is a big win ahead of a trip to Anfield next Monday. Unbeaten in two against Liverpool and the Gunners will feel confident going into this game.

WEST HAM 5/10

Missed a lot of chances and could easily have won the game. A far better performance than the game against Newcastle for sure. They need to get off the mark quickly as West Ham routinely start slowly and against Wolves they may struggle.

SOUTHAMPTON 3/10

Outclassed in the end and very open at the back, especially on the counter. Ings scored a great opening goal but Spurs blew them away for the rest of the game. They have a tough trip to Burnley next and I expect a draw.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 10/10

An almost flawless performance. The goals they conceded were almost unstoppable but realistically the penalty given isn’t one. Kane and Son were dynamic, clinical and everything they weren’t against Everton as they combined for the first four goals. Adding Bale and Reguilon into the squad can only improve this team and with Newcastle and Manchester United to come, big days are ahead for Spurs.

NEWCASTLE UNITED 3/10

On the back of an excellent win against West Ham, they sunk so low against Brighton. The quicky flurry from Brighton at the beginning cost them dearly and they chased the game from that point. I can see them causing Tottenham problems on the counter but I cannot see them winning the game.

BRIGHTON 9/10

Another impressive performance but with the points to show it! Brighton swept Newcastle aside and a lot of credit has to go to young Tariq Lamptey who’s dynamic runs and incisive play got Brighton going and got them the lead too. Bissouma dominated the midfield and so his dismissal will only be a bigger loss when the Seagulls play United next. Lamptey could be injured too so a lot of pressure is on Maupay and Trossard to perform.

CHELSEA 5/10

Many pundits claim this result was a reality check for Lampard and Chelsea and I do agree to an extent. While Chelsea still need to solve some issues in their side, these will be solved with the new signings, it is just whether they can be fit all season. The goalkeeper remains a massive concern as he was found out again. Mendy should solve some of Lampard’s problems but I haven’t seen enough of him to judge him yet. I expect West Brom to drop deep and counter and Chelsea will have problems without Ziyech and playing Havertz on the wing.

LIVERPOOL 8/10

Solid but not too convincing. They struggled to deal with the counter at times and if not for Fabinho, Werner could have scored a hattrick. Mane was the difference on Sunday but they suffered a massive loss with Henderson coming off injured. They need to beat Arsenal next Monday but I am not sure whether they can.

LEICESTER CITY 8.5/10

A fluid and attacking performance from Leicester. They’ll be pleased to have Maddison back and they will have Evans after the City game as well. Barnes has demonstrated his value to the side since Mahrez left and Castagne has been excellent since coming in. A massive task at the Etihand awaits but I think they can cause City a lot of problems on the counter.

BURNLEY 4/10

Outclassed by the attacking prowess Leicester demonstrated and deservedly lost in the end. They are behind early in the campaign but a game against Southampton next and I expect a draw.

ASTON VILLA 7.5/10

A big win for Villa as they could have gone behind from the penalty but the debutee had an instant impact. After that point, Villa dominated and could have scored more with Watkins and Grealish coming close. A big six-pointer against Fulham next and if they win, it will be a big statement for the Villans.

SHEFFIELD UNITED 4/10

Not the start they wanted. Two lossess out of two and Egan with a red card have set the Blades up for a bad beginning. Have they been found out? Too early to tell but they, like Villa, have a massive game against Leeds and if they lose at home, they are in big trouble.

WOLVES 5/10

Worked hard all game but outclassed by Manchester City in the end. They created a lot of chances but, uncharacteristically failed to put them away. Away to West Ham next and I do expect Wolves to win.

MANCHESTER CITY 9/10

Outclassed their opponents in a fully dominant display. Unlike their red neighbours, City were sharp, clinical and destructive in attack. They still have a few issues dealing with counter-attacks and could have conceded a few more goals than they did but I think Koulibaly is still on the cards and would solve that issue. If they cannot secure him before the Leicester game, things could be very difficult against Leicester.

TEAM OF THE MATCHDAY: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Author: Arjun Handa