Friday 20/08/2021 19:11(GMT+7)
The focus of this weekend on the English pitch will be the London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea. Let’s take a look at the preparation of the teams before the second round of the Premier League 2021/22.
Lukaku’s return day
This Sunday, Chelsea’s £97.5m rookie is expected to make his debut, 10 years after joining the Blues for the first time. During that time, Romelu Lukaku became the top scorer in the Premier League and the world. Two years at Inter Milan also improved Lukaku’s skill set, making him the missing addition to the defending Champions League squad.
After the first round, Chelsea are temporarily ranked 2nd in the rankings with a 3-0 victory over Palace, and they will continue to face another London opponent, Arsenal. This is also an obsession and a difficult challenge for Lukaku, when he has only scored 2 goals against the Gunners after 15 encounters. In terms of force, coach Thomas Tuchel only lacks Hakim Ziyech and N’Golo Kante.
On the other side of the line, Arsenal are leading the list of the most expensive clubs this summer in the Premier League, with £129 million added to all lines. Martin Odegaard has arrived but the possibility of not registering to compete. In addition, Mikel Arteta is facing a crisis of force with injuries (Partey, Nketiah, Gabriel) and Covid (Aubameyang, Lacazette, Willian and Runarsson).
|Romelu Lukaku is the most notable player in the second round of the Premier League 2021/22|
The power of the big man
The earliest to start this round is Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, the team also has a 3-0 victory on the opening day. They will continue to face another gentle opponent, Burnley. The Red Brigade is in high form with the last 6 victories in the Premier League (from last season), scoring at least 2 goals / game and the ability to keep a very high clean sheet.
Meanwhile, Burnley lost 4/6 of the last confrontation with Liverpool, won 1 and drew 1 – both times at Anfield Stadium. They just lost to Brighton in the opening round in the lead, but still have the potential to surprise.
|Liverpool just beat Norwich in the first round with Salah inspiration|
Also playing on Saturday is the defending champion Man City, the club is in need of a victory to ‘wash face’ after the defeat on the opening day against Spurs. It was a match where Pep Guardiola’s teachers and students clearly showed their incompetence in attack, with Kevin De Bruyne not physically able to start, Jack Grealish did not integrate and did not have a real striker.
Regarding their opponents, Norwich will be without Byram, Placheta and Omobamidele, while Hugill and Hernandez have just contracted Covid. Unlucky for the Canaries when they just met Liverpool on the opening day, they now have to face Man City – the opponent they lost 4/6 times in the last time.
|Man City and the goal of finding victory again|
On Sunday, the remaining giants will come out. Man United have a trip to Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium, the place they sucked to death last season if it weren’t for Edinson Cavani to rescue (won 3-2). Currently, the Red Devils are excited after a devastating 5-1 victory in the opening round, and now is the time for rookies like Jadon Sancho or Raphael Varane to prove their worth. MU’s fulcrum is also the ability to kick very well away with 26 unbeaten matches.
On the Soton side, Smallbone and McQueen could not participate, but free-kick specialist Ward-Prowse has fully recovered and is excited after a new contract. According to head-to-head statistics, Southampton cannot beat MU in the last 13 receptions at home.
|MU temporarily takes the lead after the first round of the Premier League 2021/22 with a strong victory 5-1 on the opening day|
Finally, the epic game Wolves vs Tottenham took place right before the main party Arsenal vs Chelsea. This is also a remarkable encounter in this round, when coach Nuno Santo once returned to the old roof of Molineaux. Spurs are euphoric after knocking out City in the opening round, but a midweek defeat in the first leg of the Champions League playoffs could affect them.
The wolves welcomed the return of striker Raul Jimenez from the previous round, after 9 months of treatment for a traumatic brain injury. Wolves’ difficulty is confronting their former captain and knowing all the lessons. Therefore, the challenge of new coach Bruno Lage will be extremely heavy if he wants to keep 3 points at home.
|Raul Jimenez is back and will have a confrontation with his old teacher Nuno Santo|
|Schedule for the second round of the Premier League 2021/22|
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