The second gameweek of the 2022/23 Premier League campaign features Tottenham’s trip to Chelsea as its centerpiece.
After crushing Southampton last time out, Tottenham enters the weekend atop the table. However, they will face their first true test of their newly found tenacity when they play Antonio Conte’s former team.
Aston Villa and Everton, managed by Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard respectively, lost their opening matches and could really use a victory over a potential relegation opponent.
On Saturday at 3 p.m., two of five games see Arsenal and Manchester City hosting Leicester and Bournemouth, respectively. In the evening, Manchester United visits Brentford.
The first Sunday game before the London derby at Stamford Bridge has Nottingham Forest hosting West Ham. The first Monday Night Football game of the year has Liverpool hosting Crystal Palace.
In this thread, we shall be covering all Matchweek 2 fixtures. Join the discussion and share your views on the various matches.
Arsenal ensured they did not repeat their start to the 2021/22 season, as they secured a well-deserved victory over Crystal Palace away from home. The result was a testament to Mikel Arteta’s preparation of his squad from the pre-season campaign, and the Arsenal manager will hope to continue this run.
It has been over 50 years since Arsenal recorded back-to-back victories while keeping clean sheets in the opening two games of the Premier League, and Arteta will be eager to set the record straight. While the Gunners already have a strong squad, the manager has hinted at further arrivals before the summer transfer window shuts down.
Leicester City has been in the news for a lack of signings this summer. Due to their inactivity in the market, Brendan Rodgers will have an identical squad to play with, except for veteran goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who has joined OGC Nice. Last weekend, Rodgers was hopeful of starting the campaign with a morale-boosting win, and for a while, the Foxes were heading towards three points.
Castagne and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall gave Leicester a 2-0 lead, only to see Brentford hold them to a 2-2 draw. The result may have dented their confidence, but Rodgers still has the players in his squad to put in a challenging display against Arsenal. But the Leicester boss is hopeful of keeping some of his critical stars beyond this summer, which could provide him with a base to compete.
This will be the 149th meeting between the two clubs with Arsenal picking up 70 wins, 46 draws and 32 defeats in all competitions against Leicester. In the league, this will be the 133rd clash between the sides with the Gunners picking up 63 wins, 46 wins and 32 losses against the Foxes.
Last season, the Arteta’s side done the league double over their opponents for the first time in six years with two 2-0 wins - which is 13/2 to happen a third time.
Brentford began the 2022/23 season with a come-from-behind 2-2 draw against Leicester City. The Foxes had taken a two-goal lead thanks to goals from Timothy Castagne and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall before Ivan Toney and Joshua Dasilva earned the Bees a point. But while it was not quite the start of the 2021/22 campaign, Thomas Frank will be satisfied with last week’s performance.
On the other hand, the optimism surrounding the onset of the Erik ten Hag era disappeared in no time as Manchester United went down 2-1 at home against Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend. The Red Devils did not have their own player finding the back of the net, and the game showed the enormity of ten Hag’s task at Manchester United.
The corresponding fixture last season ended in a 3-1 win for Manchester United, with Ivan Toney scoring a late consolation goal for Brentford.
Brentford are winless in six top-flight meetings with Manchester United (D1 L5) since beating them twice in the 1936/37 season. The Red Devils scored six Premier League goals against Brentford last season, only netting more against Leeds (nine). The Bees did not concede more versus any other team than they did against Manchester United (also six vs Liverpool).
Brentford have not lost their first home game in any of their six previous top-flight seasons, winning five and drawing one. The Bees have scored at least twice each time, beating Arsenal 2-0 in their maiden Premier League campaign.
Manchester United ended the 2021/22 season on a six-match away losing run, their worst away run of defeats since March 1981 (also six in a row). The Red Devils have not lost seven consecutive away league games since a run of ten between September and December 1936.
Since the start of the 2021/22 season, only Liverpool (21) and Tottenham (17) have picked up more points from losing positions in the Premier League than Brentford (16), with their 2-2 draw at Leicester City the first time the Bees have recovered from a two-goal deficit.
Ivan Toney has had a hand in 18 Premier League goals for Brentford (13 goals, five assists), seven more than any other player has registered for the Bees in the competition. He has netted all 13 of his top-flight strikes inside the penalty area.
1 - This will be the first managerial meeting between Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, who started 59 matches alongside one another for England, and were on opposite sides for 20 Premier League games as players; Lampard winning 10 and Gerrard seven (D3). Reacquainted.