Goals, Goals, Goals, in the Premier League!

23rd Sept 2020

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The Premier League is raining goals, this past weekend there were 44, the week before it was 23 despite their being just 8 games. Records could be broken and the goal average which is usually between 2.5 to 2.7 a game is up to 3.6. Goals equals entertainment, especially so if you are tuning into a game as a neutral and you certainly got your money's worth at the weekend.

Both Everton and Tottenham won their games 5-2 and both matches were closer than the scores show. Carlo Ancelotti's team have got off to a superb start beating Tottenham away from home and then putting West Browich Albion to the sword, Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored a hat trick and new signing James Rodriguez thundered in a trademark goal. However WBA gave their all and kept coming back into the game. New signing Grady Diangana remained a threat and put Slaven Bilic's team 1-0 up but it showed the measure of Ancelotti's new signings and their impact that Everton not only got back into the game but ended up scoring 5 goals.

As for Tottenham who were indifferent against Everton in their first game, which led to defeat, they were like a different team here. Heung-Min Son scored 4 goals and Harry Kane set up all of them and then scored himself as they beat Southampton 5-2. The club have obviously been buoyed on by the return of Gareth Bale on loan for a season from Real Madrid. 

The champions Liverpool got a huge result away to Chelsea winning 2-0 with both goals scored by Sadio Mane. The two teams had threatened to cancel each other out but in the 2nd half Chelsea's Andreas Christensten was adjudged to have committed a professional foul and off he went. Frank Lampard bemoaned a mistake by Kepa which let in Mane but Liverpool were overall the better side and it was another game where big time signings Timo Werner an Kai Havertz failed to stamp their name on the game.

The goals kept coming in the Premier League with Leeds win over Fulham, they won 4-3 meaning that their first two games have seen 7 goals each. Whilst Leeds are exciting coming forward manager Marcelo Bielsa will have a headache trying to work out his defence, because not every team will afford them the luxury of scoring 4 goals against them. Arsenal beat West Ham 2-1 in a game where the Gunners looked off and the encounter could have ended in a draw. For West Ham their bad start continues and they will have to play the likes of Wolves, Leicester, Manchester City and Liverpool in the coming weeks.

Manchester City finally played this season on Monday night and even without Sergio Aguero up front they overwhelmed Wolves and won the game 3-1. City started on fire but the home side came back into the game, overall though Pep Guardiola will be happy that his side saw out the game against tough opponents.

The big news in Italy as the season kicked off was all about Andrea Pirlo, the new manager at Juventus and how he would handle having the biggest job in Italian football. He passed the test well as the champions eased past Sampdoria 3-0. In France PSG won again beating Nice 3-0 and the club look well on their way to recovery.

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