This weekend had everything; from red cards, to shocking results and upsets, to El Clasico, Neymar’s debut and much much more. Let’s dive into how my predictions fared and a recap on the games from the weekend.
Games of Note:
Chelsea went down to 10 men just 14 minutes in and fell behind 3-0 at halftime. They fought back to make it 3-2 but a second red card held them back from getting a result. Their depth got exposed as they couldn’t properly replace Gary Cahill (CB) and subsequentially let in 3 goals before halftime. (See my preview blog about their depth issues).
Liverpool squandered a 3-2 lead in the last second of their game off of a corner kick, giving the hosts Watford a much-needed home point. New season, same Liverpool!
Huddersfield got off to a FLYING start with a 3-0 victory away at Crystal Palace, proving they’re ready to cause some trouble this season (their first Premier League season ever).
Spurs won by a commanding 2-0 scoreline after a red card from Newcastle in the 48th minute. Two-time reigning Young Player of the Year Dele Ali was back on the score sheet guiding them to the 3 points (Tottenham have NEVER lost when he scores).
Finally, Man United and Man City both had very convincing wins to start off their campaign. City held close to 80% possession for their entire game at Brighton with Aguero scoring his 6th goal in 7 matches to start the season. United utterly dominated West Ham, with Lukaku scoring 2 goals in his debut. Matic, Lukaku, Mata and Pogba played outstanding matches, proving why this team is a whole different animal than last year’s squad.
I reviewed Arsenal’s thriller on Friday before the weekend, but since you probably didn’t read it: Arsenal won 4-3. Gunners took a 1-0 lead in the 1st (Lacazette) until Leicester tied it in the 4th minute (Okazaki). Leceister then went up 2-1 (Vardy) only for Arsenal to tie it 2-2 (Welbeck) before the break. Leicester came out in the 2nd half with a goal to make it 3-2 (Vardy) but blew the lead in a wild finish with goals from Arsenal in the 83rd (Ramsey) and the 85th minute (Giroud), giving Arsenal three points to start the season. Already up for match of the season.
My Record this week:
- Man City
- Spurs (Tottenham)
- Man U
- Houston Dynamo (MLS)
- New York Red Bulls (MLS)
- Toronto FC (MLS)
- Crystal Palace
- FC Dallas (MLS)
- Parlay (Chelsea, Man City, Man U) (LOSS)
8-6, 0-1 parlay in the first week wasn’t what I was looking for, but I’m above .500 nonetheless. If Chelsea didn’t get any red cards that record could easily be 9-5, 1-0. Damn you, Chelsea. If you’re interested in seeing the highlights/goals from the weekend:
El Clasico went from the most boring first half in Clasico history to one of the more memorable second half’s in recent memory. Here is how the Spanish Super Cup went down:
In the 50th minute, Gerard Pique scored an own goal to get Madrid up 1-0. In the 77th Messi responded with a PK to even the scoreline at 1-1. Ronaldo then put the visitors up 2-1 in the 80th after coming on as a sub, with an absolute freaking beauty. He then takes his shirt off receiving a yellow, only to receive another yellow 1 minute later for diving. 1+1=2, and 2 equals a red card. (Ronaldo received a 5 game suspension on Monday for the red card as well as for shoving the referee). With a man down, Madrid counters and score another beautiful strike by Asensio to give them a 3-1 aggregate lead going back home to Madrid (without Ronaldo) for the second leg.
Lastly, Neymar had his debut in the French League 1 where he provided PSG with a goal and an assist to lead them to a dominant 3-0 victory at Guingamp. Get used to seeing that, as there is no doubt in my mind he will run through that league like Khalessi and Drogon did against the Lannisters.
I’ll be posting a blog before the weekend previewing next weekend’s games.
Stay kickin’ it. Peace