English Premier League Round-up – Match Day 1

Michael Chapman begins his weekly review of the English Premier League.

As Louis Van Gaal takes his first steps on his journey as the Red Devils manager, we didn’t really know what to expect. We could assume, as most have, and we even can use the pre-season matches as a guide book. But would we really know what to expect? What we got was more of the same; a club that lacks a quality consistent finisher when RVP is missing, and a mature, level-headed boss at the back. Meanwhile, Swansea City are some folks favorite to at least face relegation danger, yet they looked to be well prepared for anything that will come their way. The Welsh club turned away, either by goalkeeper or outfield player, 9 shots from Manchester United, and of course that pesky post on new captain Wayne Rooney‘s free kick. MOTM: Gylfi Sigurdsson

***Stats courtesy of WhoScored.com

***Stats courtesy of WhoScored.com

Joey Barton made 6 key passes in his first match back as a Premier League player. That is more then anyone else in any of Saturday’s matches, but it wasn’t enough as QPR lost 0-1 to Hull City FC

Goal Of The Weekend: Everton (and former Celtic) winger Aiden McGeady with a wicked curler against Leicester City making their return to the Premier League.

Manchester City 2-0 Newcastle United The champions return to action against the Magpies and looked just good enough, as it always is difficult to visit St. James’ Park. The first fifteen minutes was all Manchester City as they chirped in the first three shots of the match, two on target and one blocked. Conversely Newcastle had zero shots on target, thats right 0, yet they weren’t horrible going forward. Just horrible with their final choices. It was in the end the quality in the final third that lifted Manchester City to the win. MOTM: David Silva

Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling had more successful take-ons, seven (7), than illegitimate children… barely

Yes indeed, it was The Joy Of Cesc on Monday as Chelsea beat Burnley 3-1 and the former Arsenal man’s fingerprints where all over the match. The midfield maestro had 2 assists, 3 key passes and 87% passing. While Burnley did get off to a flying start with the quick goal from Scott Arfiel it was all Chelsea besides that, scoring just three minutes after conceding and adding another seven minutes later. The Blues adding a third goal in the thirty forth minute and it was a closed book at that point.

Andre Schurrle scored a masterful goal.

Andre Schurrle scored a masterful goal.

What were your highlights of the weekend in the EPL? Comment below or tweet us @90minutecynic

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Michael is a cat enthusiast and a talented beard cultivator from middle America. To supplement the dull ache that comes with being a Newcastle United FC supporter he not-so-secretly roots for Celtic, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund. Besides football his other hobby is being the living embodiment of the Korean word Han. Follow Michael on twitter @NUFC_monkey

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