The Premier League match day 2 is upon us and this match day could potentially highlight a few elements that might decide the league’s outcome.
With the new Premier League season already in full swing, there are tons of storylines that will be developed as things progress. While the top 5 teams have already showcased their title and top 4 credentials, a few teams have shown that they might survive the drop while some might be relegated based on their form.
Brighton and West Ham to play a high-octane encounter
While they might have been absolutely walloped at home by the reigning champions, West Ham United have enough talent in their squad to recover. The likes of Fornals and Sebastien Haller are going to prove crucial to the team’s aspirations in the coming weeks.
However, the game against Brighton isn’t going to be an easy one given that the Seagulls registered a comprehensive 3-0 win over Watford. New manager, Graham Potter is a forward thinking man and his team is going to cause quite a few problems.
But as evidenced by the way these two teams are setup by their respective managers, there could be a lot of goals in this game.
Saints to tumble down further
After barely making it out alive last season, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side lost 3-0 to Burnley. The game was a pretty one-sided affair and based on that, this team could be set for another relegation fight.
With the visit of Liverpool on the horizon, Southampton’s many issues could potentially be laid bare. The Reds are an unforgiving offensive unit and are going to punish the defense for any lapses in concentration.
A Premier League mauling is on the cards and alarm bells should already be ringing around St. Mary’s as the team gears for another season of fighting for survival.
Everton to finally come good
The Toffees have invested heavily and shrewdly in the transfer market this summer. Securing Andre Gomes to a permanent contract and bringing a richly talented Moise Kean to the Goodison Park, Marcos Silva has assembled quite a squad.
And after being held to a 0-0 draw to Crystal Palace, the Merseysiders would be eager to register their first win of the Premier League campaign when they host Watford on Saturday. The Toffees have a great side and once they click, there’s no telling how far this team can go.
The Ndombele test
Tottenham paid a lot of money to secure the services of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon. The club’s record buy has made a very good start to life in England but the real test comes this Saturday when Spurs play against reigning Premier League champions Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola’s side are built to win the title while doing so in style. A lot of onus would fall on Ndombele who would be expected to muscle his way around the midfield while also nullifying the excellent Rodri. If he can do that, the French midfielder would prove to be the man who could bring the Londoners closer to lifting some silverware this season.
Red Devils with their tails up
While winning against Chelsea was a great way to kick off the new Premier League campaign, the game at the Molineux against Wolverhampton Wanderers would be the real test. Nuno Espirito Santo’s outfit are a tough nut to crack at home.
While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side is loaded with pace and talent, it remains to be seen if they can hold their own away from home against an opponent that has been their bane in recent times.