Premier League gameweek 2: Unhappy return for Redknapp

Harry Redknapp’s return to White Hart Lane was a disaster for QPR, as they were demolished 4-0. Nacer Chadli bagged two goals, whilst Eric Dier grabbed his second goal of the season and Emmanuel Adebayor completed the rout. Louis Van Gaal’s reign at Manchester United continues to be unimpressive, as they were held to a draw at Sunderland. Juan Mata opened the scoring, but ex-Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell equalised with a header. In the final game on Sunday, a late Ryan Shawcross goal saved Stoke’s blushes against 10 man Hull City. James Chester saw red early on for the Tigers, but Nikica Jelavic managed to give them the lead from close range. However Shawcross’ scrappy finish gave Stoke the draw.

Chelsea maintained their perfect start to the season as they overcame a tricky game against Leicester. Diego Costa netted on his home debut and Edin Hazard made sure of the points. Swansea are another team with a perfect start, as the edged past Burnley 1-0, with Nathan Dyer breaking clear to score the winner.

Arsenal came from two goals down to draw 2-2 away at Everton. Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith scored in the first half, but late goals from Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud maintained the Gunners unbeaten start. West Ham demolished managerless Crystal Palace 3-1 at Selhurst Park. Débutante Mauro Zarate and Stewart Downing scored two quick first half goals. Marouane Chamakh brought Palace back into the game, but Carlton Cole wrapped up the win for the Hammers.

Aston Villa drew 0-0 with Newcastle in this season’s first goalless draw. Newcastle were reduced to ten men late in the game as Mike Williamson earned two yellow cards. It didn’t take long for a second goalless draw, as Southampton drew with West Brom. James Ward-Prowse came closest for the Saints as his free kick struck the post, whilst summer signing Brown Ideye came closest for the Baggies, with Fraser Forster denying the striker after a clever turn.

On Monday, last season’s top two face off at the Etihad Stadium, as Manchester City play Liverpool.


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