The Premier League season is back with a bang thanks a cracking round of opening games (with Manchester United and Everton still to come). A couple of 5-0 routs made the opening Match of the Day an enjoyable experience, while Liverpool’s woes continue even under Brendan Rodgers. We recommence our ten things we’ve learnt to bring you the most important parts of this week’s action:
1. Different manager, same result. If you thought Liverpool were bad last season under Kenny Dalglish, then watch Brendan Rodgers’s first game in charge. It’s only early doors, but Kenny must be sat somewhere wondering what on earth he did wrong…
2. QPR’s defence looks less watertight than the Titanic’s hull with a great ruddy hole in it. Mark Hughes has some serious work to do, shipping five goals at home.
3. So Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski will replace Robin Van Persie adequately with their goals will they? Not on this evidence. It was same old Arsenal, 70% possession with no finishing touch. How RVP will be missed.
4. Michael Laudrup could have pulled out the best bargain of the summer in paying £2 million quid for Michu. Two fantastic goals added to a classy performance. Just shows you don’t have to spend big to find the right man.
5. Who needs Clint Dempsey? Fulham leave out their top scorer and manage to bag five anyway! Let him leave if he’s going to be a disruptive influence.
6. Alan Pardew, temper, temper! If that was a player, the whole world would be in uproar. In fact, Paolo Di Canio almost got shot for something similar years and years ago.
7. Expect to see plenty of 1-0 wins for West Ham this season. Nitty, gritty is exactly how Sam Allardyce likes it.
8. There’s going to be goals watching Manchester City. Defensively, they don’t look with it, but that frontline has an astonishing array of talents. And the whole club breathed a sigh of relief after learning Sergio Aguero is OK.
9. Eden Hazard made the perfect start to his Premier League career. Can’t ask for any more than two assists in six minutes. Need plenty more of them to justify that price tag.
10. Reading fans better hope Adam Federici has got his Premier League blunder out of the way for the year. Goalkeeping like that will definitely ruin the Royals’ chances of staying up this season.