Hull continue to show other Premier League sides what can be achieved with a small group of players and a good team spirit, while Burnley pulled off the shock of the weekend. Elsewhere, there were good results for title favourites Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea. Here’s our Team of the Weekend…
Tom Heaton (Burnley)
Burnley picked up their first points of the season at the weekend thanks in part to some good saves from keeper Tom Heaton. It was the Clarets first league victory over Liverpool since 1974 and the man between the sticks needed to be on top form. Heaton had his hands full all afternoon as the Reds had 26 shots and five on target.
Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
The Chelsea left-back was superb going forward on Saturday and contributed to the Blues’ equalising goal at Watford. Azpilicueta’s delightful first-time pass to Cesc Fabregas set Chelsea on their way to scoring their first before they sealed victory in the closing stages. The Spaniard will be central to Antonio Conte’s plans this season.
Curtis Davies (Hull)
Considering Curtis Davies has had to play alongside a makeshift centre-half in Jake Livermore in the first two games of the season, it makes his performances even more special. The Hull defender was a rock at the back against Swansea and posed a threat aerially from set pieces, claiming an assist for the opening goal.
John Stones (Manchester City)
The England international really looks the part under new Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Not only did he defend well against Stoke, Stones looked to embrace the new style of football under the Spaniard and carried out his instructions perfectly.
Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)
Antonio Valencia could be one of United’s unsung heroes this season if his performance on Friday night was anything to go by. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba may get the limelight but Valencia’s darting runs up the right caused Southampton all sorts of problems.
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea)
The Spain international has started both of Chelsea’s first two games of the season on the bench but his impact against Watford could earn him a place in the starting XI next weekend. Fabregas had a hand in both of the Blues’ late goals at Vicarage Road, playing a key part in the build-up to Michy Batshuayi’s strike and grabbing a stunning assist for Diego Costa’s winner.
George Boyd (Burnley)
George Boyd worked his socks off in Burnley’s victory over Liverpool on Saturday. The Clarets out-ran the Reds 115.3km to 113km and Boyd’s non-stop running and effort played a key part in securing the win. Boyd won possession back ten times – more than any other Burnley player – covered 12.46km and ended the game on 90 sprints.
Robert Snodgrass (Hull)
The former Leeds United player covered every blade of grass for Hull against Swansea, while providing the Tigers with the creativity they needed to break down Francesco Guidolin’s side. Snodgrass carved open the Swans defence on a few occasions and will be essential if Hull are to maintain their great start and avoid relegation this season.
Cristhian Stuani (Middlesbrough)
Stuani scored two fantastic goals for Middlesbrough in the Wear-Tees derby, handing Boro their first win of the campaign. Stuani opened the scoring with a thunderbolt into Vito Mannone’s top-right corner, before some neat build-up play from his team-mates laid it on a plate for him to provide a cool finish in the area. His partnership with Negredo up front could be lethal for the Teesiders this season.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
The Argentinian continued his exploits in front of goal against Stoke, scoring his fifth and sixth goals in three games as City went top of the Premier League table. An early penalty conversion put to bed doubts over his ability from the spot after he missed two in City’s 5-0 Champions League victory over Steaua Bucharest in midweek. He was a constant menace to Stoke’s backline all game and showed incredible finishing again with a deft header near the end of the first-half.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)
Too old? Past it? No chance. His swagger on the pitch seems to be rubbing off on his team-mates so far this season. In truth, he didn’t touch the ball many times in the match; however he had the two most important touches against Southampton. One a powerful header from a Wayne Rooney cross and the other a clinical penalty.