Premier League 21-22 Round 2 is a review of the second weekend of matches in the 30th edition of the Premier League, season 2021 – 2022. A feature where Power of Pop returns to a sports focus – viz. football – in our musings on pop culture. This weekly review will feature our observations of the various encounters amongst the twenty English clubs that make up the Premier League.
Premier League 21-22 Round 2 provided no surprises for football fans. The majority of the big 4 all won except for Man Utd (dropping points at Southampton). Liverpool – our favourites for the Premier League title this season – overcame tough nuts Burnley with goals from Jota and Mané, as debutant midfielder Elliot and Greek left back Tsimikas filled in well when required. Man City ran riot against promoted Norwich, running out 5-0 winners without breaking sweat – with Jack Grealish, the most expensive Englishman, getting his first for his new club. Over in North London, the other big money newcomer Lukaku had a successful second debut for Chelsea, as the Blues easily defeated Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates, with Lukaku and James grabbing the goals.
Only Brighton (2-0 winners over Watford) and Spurs (1-0 over Wolves) keep pace with perfect records after two games. Elsewhere, Villa earned their first three points against Newcastle while Leeds, Everton, Crystal Palace and Brentford had to be content with a point apiece.
It’s early days, of course, but it is clear already that the big 4 will dominate the Premier League in the 36 matches to play. It’s difficult to see how even the 2nd tier clubs (viz. Arsenal, Spurs, Aston Villa, Leicester, West Ham, Everton) will be able to challenge this dominance – considering the expenditure being invested by the big 4 into their squads.
Thus, the table at the end of Premier League 21-22 Round 2 provides a familiarity with the usual names in the top spots. Apart from Arsenal – now languishing second bottom – a position their fans would not be accustomed to by any means but we are sure that this state of affairs is only temporary.
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