Ledley's Talking Points: Debut Goals, False Starts and Remarkable Runs
7 Talking Points
Wayne Rooney made his first Premier League start for Everton in 13 years on Saturday, bagging the only goal of the game to give Everton all three points. He may not be the explosive player he was when he first emerged at Goodison Park, but his intelligence and experience could be hugely valuable to the Toffees this season. “I could have gone to another team and taken my foot off the gas and seen the last few years out. But coming back here? I have got to be the best I can be. It is the club I grew up supporting, it’s the club I want to play for. I want to do well." he said.
Man Utd top the table after their 4-0 win over West Ham on Sunday. Lukaku opened up his Premier League account with a brace while Matic showed Chelsea that they may have made a grave error in selling the Serbian to their title rivals. His presence in midfield may be what United have been missing since Roy Keane departed in 2005. Powerful, gritty and a master in midfield, Matic could be key for Mourinho this season, while Lukaku may continue to grab the headlines.
Chelsea crumbled at Stamford Bridge, making a nightmare to their title defence. It would be easy to say Gary Cahill's red card in the 14th minute was to blame, but that would deprive Burnley their due credit for an energetic and ruthless performance. The claret led 3-0 at half time and managed to hold off Chelsea's frantic comeback attempt as it finished 3-2. It was Morata's first taste of defeat in 52 games - a record that stretches back to October 2015 while at Juventus.
Huddersfield made a dream start in the Premier League in what turned out to be a miserable afternoon for Frank De Boer. The Terriers were playing in the English top flight for the first time since 1972, and led Palace 3-0 when the final whistle blew thanks to two goals from Steve Mounie and a Joel Ward own-goal. Many have predicted Huddersfield to finish rock bottom this season, but if they keep believing and working hard there's a chance they might just stick around.
Aston Villa's false start continued in Cardiff with a 3-0 defeat to the Bluebirds. "It was on the edge of embarrassment if I'm being brutally honest," said Steve Bruce after the game. His side were totally outplayed by Cardiff for most of the 90 minutes and were booed off at half-time by some of their travelling supporters. Cardiff sit pretty at the top of the table after their perfect start.
Blackburn Rovers fans just can't seem to catch a break at the moment. Following their relegation from the Championship last season, Rovers have failed to earn a point in their opening two games this season. With less than half the attendance of 95/96, Blackburn were left deflated after falling 3 goals behind to newly promoted Doncaster. Dominic Samuel bagged a late consolation with many fans too sad to care and already heading for the exits.
Coventry have not finished in the top six of any division for 47 years, but the early signs are that the run might well come to an end this season. Theskyblues are the only side to earn 6 points from their first two games in League Two after claiming a hard-earned 2-0 victory over Grimsby. Goals from Marc McNulty and Jack Grimmer were enough to hand City a valuable three points, their first win on the road since victory over Port Vale in October.
£250 heads to London again this week, this time to Billyrocks who finished top with 23 points. Nobody managed to get a full-house this week, no thanks to Chelsea.
Billyrocks also claimed top spot in the team competition with the aptly named Magnificent 7. A great weekend all round.
Ledley's Legends missed out on top spot by just 6 points, finishing 2nd overall in the team competition. Robbie Keane more than made up for last week's disappointing start with 20 points, along with Peter Crouch. But it was respectable scores all round in a tough week.
Ledley's Challengers scored 70 points, coming in at 34th in the country.
Man City (won 2-0)
Chelsea (lost 2-3)
Everton (won 1-0)
Hull (won 4-1)
Man Utd (won 4-0)
Spurs (won 2-0)
Top 6 picked draws
Cardiff 3-0 Aston Villa
Palace 0-3 Huddersfield
Derby 0-2 Wolves
Millwall 1-1 Bolton
Reading 1-1 Fulham
Southampton 0-0 Swansea
Aldershot (6 goal margin) = 2 bonus points
Man Utd (4 goal margin) = 1 bonus point
Rotherham (5 goal margin) = 1 bonus point
Dunfermline (4 goal margin) = 1 bonus point
The game is now open for matchweek 3!