A classic on Friday night saw the Premier League open up with a thrilling seven goal game between Arsenal and Leicester.
Easy to watch as I have no expectation of Newcastle being anywhere close to either team, unless Mike Ashley gets a bang on the head, accidentally or not…
Saturday afternoon has been a different matter, I fully expect Brighton to now put six past Manchester City.
It is not that I think Newcastle’s chances of a decent season are impossible, even despite Ashley’s ridiculous transfer ‘strategy’, it is just that the very last thing we need is Newcastle to get off to a stinker of a start and our ‘rivals’ to do the exact opposite.
Huddersfield were supposed to be the clown team this season, the successors to Sunderland, well they have started off by taking Crystal Palace apart away from home. Two goals from their star summer signing striker Mounie, helping to give a 3-0 win at Selhurst Park and three points.
Then we have Burnley, rated as no-hopers by some after star players Keane and Gray left this summer for some £40m+, they have only just gone and beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Aided by a Cahill sending off they were 3-0 up at half-time, only for a late fightback to almost grab a point for Chelsea despite Fabregas also getting a late red.
Every goal and every decision elsewhere is like a stab to the heart, making it look an even bigger uphill task for Newcastle.
Obviously we all hope for a result tomorrow against Tottenham but I really dread being turned over by Spurs and then having to go to Huddersfield next weekend where it will be jumping. The pessimist in me thinks six points behind Huddersfield after only two games would somehow be fate, sent to punish us for daring to side with Rafa Benitez against Mike Ashley.
Today’s earlier game saw Watford snatch an unlikely injury time point at home to Liverpool. Most pundits predicting the Hornets to go down and yet they managed to score three against the scousers and that was despite leaving £18.5m new striker Andre Gray on the bench for most of the 90 minutes.
A decent draw for another relegation candidate Swansea, away at Southampton.
West Brom predicted to struggle but they edge it 1-0 against a Bournemouth side who have massive outspent Newcastle in their net spend.
Stoke’s predictable defeat to Rooney and big spending Everton the only positive apparently.
I had envisaged certain defeats for the likes of Huddersfield, Swansea, Watford, Brighton and Burnley, up against the likes of Palace, Southampton, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.
If the Seagulls do indeed beat Man City then we will really know the forces of darkness are against us.
I hope for the best but today just makes me fear the very worst…!
Premier League results so far:
Arsenal 4 Leicester 3
Watford 3 Liverpool 3
Chelsea 2 Burnley 3
Crystal Palace 0 Huddersfield 3
Everton 1 Stoke 0
Southampton 0 Swansea 0
West Brom 1 Bournemouth 0
Still to come:
Sat 12 August 5.30pm
Brighton v Man City
Sun 13 August
1.30pm Newcastle v Spurs
4pm Man Utd v West Ham
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