BPL Review: Man City Thump Chelsea, Arsenal, Leicester Win

It may be early days but Manchester City fans will be happy at the sight of their team sitting on top of the Premier League table, and especially after claiming a dominant win over defending champions Chelsea this past weekend.

The Citizens emerged tops in the first big match of the new season, beating Chelsea 3-0 at Etihad Stadium. An opener from Sergio Aguero and two David Silva assisted goals from captain Vincent Kompany and midfielder Fernandinho delivered the points home for Manuel Pellegerini’s side, leaving Jose Mourinho red faced and his Chelsea side 16th on the log.

City were joined on top of the log after two wins from two with rivals Manchester United who played last Friday, beating Aston Villa 1-0 courtesy of Adnan Januzaj’s goal just before the half hour mark.  

Leicester City have picked up from where they stopped last season as they also won their second game beating West Ham 2-1 at Upton Park. Japanese Shinji Okazaki put the Foxes ahead after 27 minutes and Algerian Riyad Mahrez scored his third goal in two matches after turning in a Marc Albrighton pass into the back of the net 11 minutes later. The Hammers pulled one back through new acquisition Dimitri Payet but the visitors hang on for the win.

Swansea City followed up their 2-2 draw against Chelsea in the opener with a 2-0 defeat of Newcastle United at the Liberty Stadium. Coincidentally, Batefimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew, the twin scores against Chelsea, scored the goals that downed the Magpies, leaving the Welsh outfit 5th on the log with 4 points.

Premier League newcomers Norwich City sent Sunderland to the bottom of the log with a 3-1 win at the Stadium of Light. Two first half goals from Russell Martin and Steven Whittaker and a second half strike from Nathan Redmond secured the Canaries the full points with Sunderland scoring their consolation goal in the 88th minute through Duncan Watmore.

Arsenal got their season up and running with a fortunate 2-1 win away to Crystal Palace. The Gunners took the lead at the quarter hour mark through a stunning Oliver Giroud strike but Joel Ward drilled home the equalizer 12 minutes later. Damien Delaney turned into his own net an Alexis Sanchez header to give the Gunners their first victory having lost 2-0 to West Ham in their opening game.

Romelu Lukaku scored two first half goals for Everton who claimed a comprehensive 3-0 victory against Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium. The Toffees who had never won away to Southampton since April 2002 were simply unplayable against their hosts who conceded the third goal to Ross Barkley late in the game.

Stoke City came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Tottenham. Spurs took a 2-0 lead into the second half, Eric Dier and Nacer Chadli with the goals but a Marko Arnautovic penalty and a Mame Diouf header in the 83rd minute ensured both sides settled for a point.

New boys Watford played to a barren draw against West Brom in the only goalless game of the weekend.

Liverpool host promoted side Bournemouth at Anfield, Monday night, in the last game of matchday 2.

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