Premier League Review: Matchweek Two

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: The big screen shows the VAR decision of No Goal for Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City third goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Another week of Premier League action has been and gone. It provided plenty of drama as always. This article provides you a review of the action from Premier League matchweek two.

Premier League Review: Matchweek Two

VAR the Talk of the Town at The Etihad

It seems that every week we will be talking about VAR. It is Manchester City, whom for the second week running, centred around the debate.

The game had been dominated by Manchester City. Tottenham Hotspur were clinging on to a point after providing an impressive defensive performance. In the last seconds of the game, Manchester City thought they won it through a Gabriel Jesus strike, only for it to be disallowed through VAR. Replays showed that the ball had brushed Aymeric Laporte‘s hand, and any contact with the hand or arm is now considered to be a handball.

City took the lead twice in the first half thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero. However, Tottenham fought back and made it 2-2 in the 56th minute through Lucas Moura. Neither side could grab the decisive goal and it remained equal.

Norwich City and Teemu Pukki Dominate Newcastle

Norwich City bounced back from their opening day defeat with a dominant win over Newcastle United. Teemu Pukki was the shining light for the Canaries, as he registered his first Premier League hat-trick.

The Finnish forward looked an accomplished Premier league forward, not someone who was playing his second top-flight game. He opened the scoring when he blasted a volley past Martin Dubravka from inside the area.

Daniel Farke’s side were patient for their second goal. It came just after the hour mark, as Pukki placed his effort in the bottom right corner of the Newcastle net. The 29-year-old then rounded off his hat-trick by taking advantage of poor defending and delicately placed it past the helpless Dubravka.

How Did We Do?

Each week we take a crack at predicting the results of each match. How did we get on this weekend? Actual results are shown in bold, whereas our predictions are shown in italics.

Arsenal 2-1 Burnley – Arsenal 3-1 Burnley

Aston Villa 1-2 Bournemouth Aston Villa 2-0 Bournemouth

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 West Ham Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 West Ham

Everton 1-0 Watford – Everton 1-0 Watford

Norwich 3-1 Newcastle – Norwich 1-2 Newcastle

Southampton 1-2 Liverpool Southampton 1-1 Liverpool

Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur – Manchester City 3-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Sheffield United 1-0 Crystal Palace – Sheffield United 2-2 Crystal Palace

Chelsea 1-1 Leicester Chelsea 1-2 Leicester City

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Manchester UnitedWolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Manchester United

Two correct calls and one correct score for us this week.

Up Next

Premier League matchweek three begins on Friday 23 August. 15:00 kick-offs unless stated otherwise

Aston Villa v Everton – 20:00 kick-off

Norwich City v Chelsea – 12:30 kick-off

Brighton & Hove Albion v Southampton

Manchester United v Crystal Palace

Sheffield United v Leicester City

Watford v West Ham

Liverpool v Arsenal – 17:30 kick-off

Bournemouth v Manchester City – 14:00, Sunday 25

Tottenham v Newcastle – 16:30, Sunday 25

Wolves v Burnley – 16:30, Sunday 25

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