EPL: Five talking points as Premier League enters Game Week 2
The second matchday of the 2023/24 English Premier League (EPL) season promises more excitement and drama. Here are some of the key talking points for the upcoming fixtures:
Tottenham vs Manchester United: The clash between Tottenham and Manchester United is the standout fixture of the weekend. Both teams are aiming for points after mixed results in the opening match. Tottenham drew 2-2 with Brentford, while Manchester United secured a 1-0 win. The absence of Harry Kane, who has joined Bayern Munich, will be a significant factor for Spurs.
Rescheduled Arsenal Fixtures: Arsenal’s upcoming fixtures against Manchester City and Chelsea have been rescheduled. The Gunners will face Manchester City on October 8 and Chelsea on October 21. This follows Arsenal’s win against Manchester City in the Community Shield. It’s a top-of-the-table clash between the last season’s top two teams.
Manchester City Coping Without Kevin de Bruyne: Manchester City will have to navigate a significant portion of the season without playmaker Kevin de Bruyne due to a hamstring injury. Pep Guardiola acknowledges that De Bruyne is irreplaceable, but other players need to step up. The team will need to adjust its strategy to compensate for his absence.
PFA Player of the Year Nominations: PFA Players’ Player of the Year nominations have been dominated by Manchester City and Arsenal players. Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne, and John Stones from Manchester City, and Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard from Arsenal are on the shortlist. The winner will be announced on August 29.
Mason Greenwood’s Future at Manchester United: Mason Greenwood’s future at Manchester United is uncertain as the club is conducting an internal investigation following his dropped criminal charges earlier this year. The 21-year-old England star awaits a final decision from the club, and his teammates are reportedly supportive of his return.
The second matchday promises intriguing clashes and storylines that will continue to shape the 2023/24 Premier League season.