The Premier League headed into week 2 with some delicious games and some surprising results. But most importantly we had several great games to watch within the league, as well as around Europe including this…..
Christian Pulisic Baby Jesus Watch:
In the absence of Ousmane Dembele and Marco Reus (two world superstars) Christian Pulisic stepped in and played one of the games of his career to lead Dortmund to a 3-0 victory against Wolfsburg.
He opened up the scoring to make it 1-0 with this freaking piece of American beauty:
For people who don’t know who this man is (take a lap if you don’t), he’s the 18-year old Hershey, PA native wonderkid who is starring on one of the best teams in the world. He’s not just turning heads in the United States, he’s turning heads around the world and is now regarded as one of the top young players, if not the top 18-year old in the world. This goal made him the youngest player in the German league to score 6 goals in their career.
He didn’t stop there. In the second half he produced one of the best passes and/or plays of the entire weekend:
His efforts earned him the honor of Player of the Week in the Bundesliga. This kid is for real and is changing the stigma of American soccer players abroad.
Games of Note:
Manchester United started the week off right Saturday morning when they opened a can of whoop-ass on Swansea, winning by a comfortable scoreline of 4-0. That’s two games, two 4-0 victories for the Red Devils.
Liverpool were held scoreless for 71 minutes at home to Crystal Palace until Sadio Mane scored a long-awaited goal at Anfield to get the Reds a 1-0 victory.
Yikes alert: Arsenal after taking 77% possession and outshooting the opponent 18-11 still lost away at Stoke. It was very obvious how much the Gunners need Alexis Sanchez, and the longer he stays out with a ‘back injury’ (transfer rumors) the more trouble Arsenal will face especially in tough road games.
Huddersfield is now tied on top of the table with Manchester United, which are words nobody expected to say in the 21st century. But two good results and two clean sheets have them atop the table with the Premier League giants. They fought off fellow newly-promoted side Newcastle for a 1-0 victory.
The game of the weekend included Chelsea and Tottenham in the first ever Premier League game at Wembley Stadium. Tottenham coming in with a curse of only 1 win in 9 matches at the iconic London stadium, knew how much a result would mean to the supporters and the club. But after dominating the opening 20 minutes, Marcos Alonso of Chelsea whipped in one of the goals of the season already off of a free kick to put the visitors up 1-0. Chelsea seemed confident in getting a result as they sat back and parked the bus, but let in a crushing own goal in the 82nd. Until the hero from earlier, Marcos Alonso, charged forward after a defensive miscue from Spurs and stuck one near post under Hugo Lloris to give Chelsea the 2-1 win late.
Manchester City went down 1-0 early on Monday to a familiar foe in Wayne Rooney, as he put Everton up in the first half. To make matters worse, Kyle Walker received two yellows (second one was questionable) in the span of 2 minutes and was sent off, leaving City with close to no chance. City though fought back to snag a goal in the 82nd with a man down. Everton then also received a red card (very questionable call again) which gave City a lifeline, but they couldn’t capitalize and the scoreline ended at 1-1 (told you there was value on the draw at +450).
- Man U (England) and Liverpool (England) = (-130)
- Monaco (France), Juventus (Italy), Napoli (Italy) = (+110)
- PSG (France), Man U (England), FC Barcelona (Spain), Juventus (Italy) = (-110)
That brings my record to 13-11 total and 3-1 in parlays. Keep an eye out for my next preview blog before the weekend, but until then;
Stay kickin’ it. Peace.