The Premier League proved it’s worth at the weekend with a couple of ‘shock’ results.
As has been mentioned on this page before, there will be plenty of surprise outcomes throughout the season, which is one of the main reasons that it is the most popular league in the world. For regular viewers, Newcastle beating Tottenham, and Crystal Palace beating Man Utd wouldn’t have been seen as hugely unlikely, although the double returned odds at around 100/1. The fact that both winners were away made it more impressive. In fact, 7 of the 10 matches altogether were away wins and only a last-gasp penalty from Wolves at home to Burnley stopped it being 8 out of 10.
While the teams that fail to win when they are expected to, always get criticised, there is quality throughout the division, and every team is capable of delivering a performance to trouble anyone. Newcastle were already coming under a bit of pressure after just two games. They lost them both, and new manager Steve Bruce was feeling the heat, as their fans didn’t take to him to well from the moment he took over from the popular Rafa Benitez.
Newcastle set out well and kept a good shape throughout. New £40 million-pound striker Joelinton netted the winning goal with a good control and finish. Spurs couldn’t find a way back despite all the money they had spent in the summer on new players.
Crystal Palace have a different style to Newcastle. They can defend well too, but their real threat is the pace they have on the counter-attack, especially with Wilfried Zaha who is always a danger. Jordan Ayew and van Aanholt got the goals at Old Trafford, and Man Utd suffered more penalty misery, this time it was Rashford to miss from the spot, but Palace deserved the win.
There is another big weekend coming up. There is a big North London derby at Arsenal. Liverpool could be in for a tough test at Burnley, and the one fixture that catches the eye in Scotland takes place in Glasgow. Rangers play host to Celtic which is always worth a watch.
Written by Matthew Drew