Two weeks down, two big upsets so far. Last week saw Arsenal lose to lowly Aston Villa as the Gunners were odds on favorites to at least get points from the match. This week provided a thrilling 3-2 upset victory for Cardiff City over Manchester City. In case you missed the highlights, check them out here:
Last seasons Championship winners made a massive statement to the rest of the Premier League with this win. Down 1-0 after Dzeko’s masterful strike, Cardiff showed great resiliency as they kept attacking the Man City defense. Aron Gunnarsson cleaned up a rebound off Joe Hart to level the scoring at 1-1. Two corner kicks subsequently found the head of Frazier Campbell as the Man City defenders looked rather unconvincing to say the least. Clearly Man City misses their rock at center back with Vincent Kompany sidelined for at least a month. Lescott and Javi Garcia looked rather lost out there at times, especially on the two set piece goals by Campbell. With Kompany out for a somewhat lengthy spell, Man City may be in the market for a center half to sure up the defense in Kompany’s absence.
Manchester City will try to right the ship next weekend against another Championship promoted club, Hull City who downed Norwich this past weekend. Losses to two newly promoted clubs in a row would be a disastrous start for the Premier League runner-ups from last season. Meanwhile, Cardiff will try to continue their momentum from their unlikely victory next weekend when they face Everton. Should their confidence continue to grow, Cardiff could be a team to reckon with this season and will hardly be an easy 3 points for the top clubs – just ask Man City.
Liverpool and Tottenham continued their winning ways with each earning consecutive 1-0 victories in the first two matches. Liverpool have looked comfortable in their wins over Stoke and Villa, but will be tested next weekend as they welcome Manchester United to Anfield, which will provide a good barometer for where the club stands against the top of the table clubs.
On the other side, Tottenham are set up for an early season Derby with rivals Arsenal next weekend. The two clubs may be distracted for different reasons. Arsenal look to bring in quality players before deadline day to provide some relief for their oft-injured squad. Tottenham will be focusing on either the sale or retaining of their highly-coveted winger, Gareth Bale. At the moment, Tottenham look like the better squad even without Bale, but Arsenal have 5 days to do some business before Saturdays match if they would like to bring in some players before deadline day. A victory or draw tomorrow will provide a chance for Arsenal to recruit some players wanting Champion’s League action this season. However, Arsene Wenger’s transfer ambitions seem to be lacking, so the Arsenal faithful shouldn’t be holding their breath.