We're only two match days into the 2017-18 Premier League season, and it's already becoming clear that the title chase is going to run clear through Manchester.
Jose Mourinho's Red Devils have a long way to go yet for sure, and not every match is going to end 4-0. That said, Romelu Lukaku has now scored in consecutive matches in the EPL to kick off the campaign and now has three goals to his ledger already. Manchester United's offense has poured it on late against both West Ham and Swansea City, scoring five goals in the last 10 minutes of action between the two duels.
As a result, the Red Devils will enter next week on top, and there will be just a couple teams there with them. Manchester City still has to play against Everton on Monday as of the publication of this article, but even if one of those teams does walk away with three points from the first match of the year at the Etihad, there will still only be four teams on six points through two matches.
Credit to both West Brom and Huddersfield Town, both teams of which could be facing relegation battles this year. Huddersfield kicked off its home schedule with a nice 1-0 win over Newcastle in Match Day 2, while the Baggies went on the road and beat Burnley 1-0, even with just 10 men on the pitch.
Perhaps the biggest shock of the weekend in England was that Chelsea was able to beat Tottenham 2-1. The Spurs were the better of the two teams for sure, but those were three points Chelsea badly needed after dropping all three at home against Burnley to kick off the campaign. The fact of the matter though, is that both teams feel miles behind the two Manchester teams. There's plenty of soccer left to be played, but the early going isn't giving off great returns for either championship challenger.
It'll be interesting to see how Match Day 3 pans out over the weekend. Huddersfield could legitimately be a threat to open at 3-0-0 with Southampton coming to town for a Saturday afternoon soiree. Manchester United figures to have no problems at home against Leicester City, and even West Brom could come out three points heavier from the weekend with Stoke City coming calling.
The two biggest matches of the weekend will both be on Sunday.
Chelsea will face off with Wayne Rooney and his Everton side at Stamford Bridge in what will surely be a pressure-packed match. It's almost unfair for the Toffees to be stuck with City and Chelsea in a span of just six days, but this is life in England's top flight. Everton is going to need some more offense for sure against this stout Chelsea defense. That said, the Blues have conceded four times in two matches and will be in dire desire of a clean sheet for Thibaut Courtois.
Arsenal is also in a world of trouble right now. The Gunners were beaten by Stoke, albeit in a match they were rightfully robbed of a point in at Bet365 Stadium. Now, they have to travel to Anfield to take on a Liverpool team that has been scoring at will thus far.
Should the Gunners taste defeat as is expected to be the case in this one, that will only further encourage the North Londoners to perhaps pack it in for the season. Will that mean the sale of Alexis Sanchez or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain right before the end of the transfer window? This match could have far more implications than just three points for either big boy side.
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