What an opening weekend it was to the new Premier League Season; starting form the Friday’ 7 goals thriller at the Emirates stadium between Arsenal and Leicester City, amidst the hugely entertaining 3-3 scoreline involving Watford vs Liverpool, Rooney’ dream match winning return to the Goodison, defending Champions Chelsea losing at home to Burnley, Huddersfield’ 3 nil shellacking of Crystal Palace, and then the Man Utd’ complete trouncing of the Hammers culminated it all at the end of round one matches of the 2017/2018 Premier League Season.
Here below i bring to you the 5 distinct observations across the grounds in England and Wales.
- It is gonna be the strikers season. One notable takeaway from the opening weekend is that the strikers, from Lacazette, to Morata, Lukaku, Aguero, Vokes, and many others are finding the net with ease. Defenders are in for a tough season this term.
- Chelsea, the defending Champions are complacent again. Just as it was 2 seasons ago, coming off from winning the title Chelsea are yet again enduring a difficult start to their title defense with Saturday’ humiliating loss to Burnley a pointer to the aforementioned.
- Fight for the top 6 places is going to be a lot tougher this season with possibly new entrants joining the frame.
- If their defense frailties continues Arsenal and Liverpool may be ejected from the top six. Although Arsenal won their game coming from two goals down and eventually conceding 3 at the end of the game. That said, they won’t that lucky again against a more compact team. Liverpool on the other hand are yet again threading on the path of consistent inconsistency with their leaky back line, the earlier they put their acts together and also resolve quickly the Coutinho saga the better for them.
- Manchester United, judging by their near faultless performance against the Hammers, the balance, and the depth of their squad, may emerge Champions come May 2018. It is beyond me that Chelsea sold Matic to them and he commanded a man of the match display while his former team were humbled in defeat. Man City may yet provide stiff competition for their neighbors but be that as it may, don’t bet against Jose Mourinho in his second season at any club. He has won the League everywhere he’s been in his second Season.