Manchester United: United boss Erik Ten Haag made his debut in the Old Trafford dugout on Sunday, with the former Ajax boss lining up with a fluid front four that doesn’t involve Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese superstar started on the bench.

GK: David De Gea

RB: Diogo Dalot

RCB: Harry Maguire

LCB: Lisandro Martinez

LB: Luke Shaw (90′)

RDM: Fred (53′)

LDM: Scott McTominay (78′)

RM: Jadon Sancho (90′)

CAM: Bruno Fernandes (90′)

LM: Marcus Rashford

CF: Christian Eriksen

Substitutes: Tom Heaton, Tyrell Malacia (90′), Raphael Varane, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, James Garner, Donny van de Beek (78′), Anthony Elanga (90′), Alejandro Garnacho (90′), Cristiano Ronaldo (53′)

Brighton: Graham Potter opted for a 5-3-2 system at Old Trafford, with Leandro Trossard occupying the Left Wing-Back role after the departure of Marc Cucurella. New signing Levi Colwill also wasn’t named in the first 11.

GK: Robert Sanchez

RWB: Solly March (90+1′)

RCB: Joel Veltman

CB: Lewis Dunk

LCB: Adam Webster

LWB: Leandro Trossard (75′)

RCM: Alexis Mac-Allister

CM: Moises Caicedo

LCM: Pascal Gross

RST: Danny Welbeck (90+5′)

LST: Adam Lallana (75′)

Substitutes: Jason Steele, Tariq Lamptey (75′), Levi Colwill (90+1′), Enock Mwepu (75′), Denis Undav (90+5′), Neal Maupay, Jan Paul Van Hecke, Jeremy Sariemento, Kaoru Mitoma

United started the game brightly against Brighton, with the only real clear-cut Manchester United chance in the first half came to Bruno Fernandes who blazed over from around 15 yards out after superb work down the right hand side. However, despite the home side looking positive early on, it was Brighton who opened the scoring. Leandro Trossard picked out Danny Welbeck’s run in-behind which was deemed onside by VAR, he fired it across the face of the goal and Pascal Gross was there at the back post to tap home. The second goal didn’t come long after, and it was that man Pascal Gross again. A simply sublime move from the Seagulls starting at their own corner flag ending up in a Pascal Gross tap-in after Welbeck was originally denied.

United were on the comeback road in the second half , an own goal from Alexis Mac-Allister after a double mistake from goalkeeper Robert Sanchez from the United corner injected belief into Old Trafford. Question marks were raised by Brighton about a challenge on the goalkeeper by Diogo Dalot but they were waved away by VAR. The Red Devils just couldn’t find that second goal though, even after bringing on Cristiano Ronaldo early in the second half. United weren’t good enough and Brighton were superb and resolute throughout the 90 minutes.

LEICESTER VS BRENTFORD – Written by Max Robertson

It’s been a long summer for Leicester fans, with no incomings and top players being linked away, but a 2pm kick off vs Brentford could change this, with a new enforced singing section and the clappers gone, it was set to be a good day for the Foxes. 

LEICESTER : With the amount of injuries sustained by Leicester last season, (31 players injured), fans thought it couldn’t get worse, but Leicester were left without Harvey Barnes and Ricardo Pereira, who picked up injuries in their final pre season game vs Sevilla. 

GK : Daniel Ward 

CB : Wesley Fofana 

CB : Jonny Evans 

CB : Daniel Amartey 

RWB : Timothy Castagne 

LWB : James Justin 

CDM : Wilfred Ndidi 

CM : Youri Tielemans 

CM : Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (73′)

CAM : James Maddison 

ST : Jamie Vardy

SUBS : Daniel Iversen, Luke Thomas, Çaglar Söyüncü, Nampalys Mendy, Dennis Praet, Marc Albrighton, Kelechi Iheanacho, Patson Daka (73′)

BRENTFORD : After surviving comfortably last year, Brentford came to Leicester hoping for a win, and with a pretty much full strength lineup, it left Brentford fans confident.

GK : David Raya 

RB : Aaron Hickey (84′)

CB : Pontus Jansson 

CB : Ben Mee (59′)

LB : Rico Henry 

CM : Vitaly Janelt

CM : Christian Nørgaard (73′)

CM : Mathis Jensen (59′)

LW : Yoanne Wissa

RW : Bryan Mbeumo (84′)

ST : Ivan Toney

SUBS : Thomas Strakosha, Finley Stevens, Mads Bech Sørensen (84′), Frank Onyenka, Mads Roerslev Rasmussen, Joshua Dasilva (59′), Keane Lewis-Potter (59′), Shandon Baptise (73′), Halil Dervisoglu (84′)

FULL TIME : Leicester 2-2 Brentford 

A performance which left Leicester fans angered, the season didn’t get off to a good start, 5 minutes before kick off 2,000 Leicester fans were stuck outside in queues, due to the new mobile tickets system. After the iconic ‘When You’re Smiling’ was played, the Leicester faithful really came to life, despite being at home, they out sung Brentford who took 2,700 fans to the King Power, despite the 3,200 allocation given. The deadlock was broken in the 33rd minute, James Maddison’s corner was whipped in onto the head of Timothy Castagne, who fired it home passed David Raya, Leicester fans absolute jubilant in the stands, some sort of unexpected, due to the Foxes problem in converting and defending corners. Into Half Time, Leicester were 1 up and in control of the game, the action resumed and straight away Academy graduate Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall fired one in to the bottom corner, right infront of the Kop with fans even falling 2 rows down celebrating. With Leicester in control, the system working perfectly, manager Brendan Rodgers decided to sub on Zambian international Patson Daka, for Dewsbury-Hall, a change which Leicester fans didn’t understand. Brentford hit back with just over 30 minutes to go, Daniel Amartey got the wrong side of Ivan Toney, who smashed it in passed Daniel Ward. With Leicester under pressure, Joshua Da Silva levelled the scoring in the 86th minute, after Daniel Amartey’s error once again lead to a goal, after he failed to close him down. Absolute pandemonium in the away end, despite being quiet all game. Boos were heard at full time, after another underwhelming performance. Leicester fans were promised a rebuild after a 4-1 loss away to Nottingham Forest, which fans presumed as signings, but when going into the opening pre season game vs Nottingham County, Brendan Rodgers claimed it was a mentality rebuild, such as seeing out games, but this wasn’t on show today, once again and not for the first time this season. 

Looking at the 2 teams, Leicester look to have an other underwhelming season, despite a great first half, there is no consistency in the team. The changing room doesn’t look a good place to be in right now, with star players Wesley Fofana, James Maddison and Youri Tielemans being linked away. Leicester fans were left angered with Wesley Fofana who’s been linked with Chelsea in recent weeks, after he headed straight down the tunnel at full time, unlike the rest of the players who stayed out and clapped the fans. 

For Brentford, it looks like another mid table season for them, with the likes of Ivan Toney being able to score goals, they shouldn’t be pulled into a relegation battle, but you never know… it’s the Premier League at the end of the day. 

Controversial comments were made by Brendan Rodgers at full time, speaking to BBC Leicester, he claimed players were fatigued. If this was the case, he wouldn’t have only made 1 substitution, we could see lots of these excuses from him this season, but that may not be the case, he’s the favourite to be sacked first by the Bookies, and isn’t a popular figure around Leicester fans at the moment. 

WEST HAM VS MANCHESTER CITY – Written by Ryan Knight

This afternoon saw the return of the premier league champions Manchester City as they travel to Europa Conference league playoff qualifiers West Ham United. Both displayed impressive seasons respectively last time round and with new incomings during the transfer window, the final match of Gameweek 1 was set to be a good clash.

MANCHESTER CITY: City lined up in a usual Guardiola 4-3-3 fresh off the back of a 3-1 loss to Liverpool in the FA Community Shield.

GK: Ederson

LB: Joao Cancelo 

CB: Nathan Aké

CB: Rúben Dias

RB: Kyle Walker

CM: Ilkay Gundogan (77’)

CM : Rodri (87’)

CM: Kevin De Bruyne (87’)

LW: Jack Grealish

ST: Erling Haaland (77’)

RW: Phil Foden (87’)

Subs: Ortega, Stones, Phillips (87’), Álvarez (77’), Bernardo Silva (77’), Mahrez (87’), Palmer (87’), Lewis, Wilson-Esbrand

WEST HAM UNITED: After crashing out in the semi finals of the Europa League and finishing 7th last season, the objective for David Moyes’ side was to build even further on some already impressive credentials. 

GK: Lukasz Fabianski (28’)

LB: Aaron Cresswell

CB: Kurt Zouma 

CB: Ben Johnson

RB: Vladimír Coufal

CM Declan Rice

CM: Tomas Soucek 

LM: Pablo Fornals (90+1)

CAM: Manuel Lanzini (57’)

RM: Jarrod Bowen (90+1)

ST: Michail Antonio (57’)

Subs: Areola (28’), Vlasic, Scamacca (57’), Downes (90+1), Benrahma (57’), Coventry (90+1), Randolph, Oko-Flex, Ashby. 

The game was played under the strong London afternoon sun, and West Ham started equally as brightly earning early corners and crosses, amounting in a dangerous Antonio header that just flew over the bar. As the first half developed, City began to show their class with as much as 84% possession by the 25 minute mark. A well worked goal from a lovely Gundogan pass to De Bruyne was ruled out for offside just after the first drinks break. On the 34th minute, Substitute Keeper Alphonse Areola took down debutant Erling Haaland in the box for a penalty in which the Norwegian would claim for himself. Coolly, he opened the scoring from the spot. City in their neon yellow 3rd strip maintained their dominance through to the half time whistle. 

Going into the second half, Man City are simply relentless, and the West Ham fans begging their team on to commit a tad more than they already are. After not allowing the Hammers any time on the ball, a sharp move from Declan Rice in the 54th minute comes close, but nothing doing for the team in maroon. Soon after, Gianluca Scamaca comes onto make his premier league debut, taking over from a passenger-ish Antonio. With the atrillary of City a second was bound to come and who else than Erling Haaland; from a signature De Bruyne through pass he puts away his second of the afternoon. In doing so, Haaland mimics Sergio Aguero in 2011 to become the second Man City player to score a brace on their debut. With the odd chance for the new and lively Scamacca, West ham try to grab onto a consolation but the champions were simply too dominant, with possessions of 75% in favour of City, it was difficult to see any other outcome that a win for Peps side


Written by Kieran Miller

Tonight was the opening game of the new Premier League season, and it did not disappoint. Patrick Viera’s men would face Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal at a sold-out Selhurst Park.

ARSENAL: The Gunners would use the same line-up that was used in their 6-0 win against Sevilla who they faced last week. Arteta used a 4-2-3-1 which undoubtedly helped utilise the midfielders Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka.

GK: Aaron Ramsdale

LB: Oleksandr Zinchenko (83′)

LCB: Gabriel

RCB: William Saliba

RB: Ben White

RDM: Thomas Partey

LDM: Granit Xhaka

LM: Gabriel Martinelli

AM: Martin Odegaard (90+3′)

RM: Bukayo Saka

ST: Gabriel Jesus (83′)

Subs: Matt Turner, Cedric Soares, Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney (83′ Zinchenko), Reiss Nelson, Sambi Lokonga (90+3 Martin Odegaard), Mohamed Elneny, Nicolas Pepe, Eddie Nketiah (83′ Gabriel Jesus).

CRYSTAL PALACE: The Eagles made 1 change from their 4-2 win against Montpellier. Only one of Palace’s recent signings played that being midfielder, Cheick Doucoure who arrived from RC Lens. Unlike Arsenal, Patrick Viera set up in a 4-3-3.

GK: Vicente Guaita

LB: Tyrick Mitchell

LCB: Marc Guehi

RCB: Joachim Andersen

RB: Nathaniel Clyne

RCM: Eberechi Eze (86′)

CM: Cheick Doucoure (75′)

LCM: Jeffrey Schlupp (86′)

LW: Wilfried Zaha

ST: Odsonne Edouard (58′)

RW: Jordan Ayew

Subs: Sam Johnstone, Chris Richards, Joel Ward, Luka Milivojevic (75′ Doucoure), Malcolm Ebiowei (86′ Eze), Jairo Riedewald, Will Hughes (86′ Schlupp), Jean-Philippe Mateta (58′ Edouard), Luka Plange.

Throughout the opening 25 minutes, Arsenal were clearly the better side, with Gabriel Martinelli squandering a golden opportunity. Fortunately, he made up for his extraordinary mistake by scoring from a set piece that came straight from the training ground. Several of Crystal Palace’s excellent chances were prevented magnificently by Aaron Ramsdale and William Saliba. Both of Arsenal’s recent signings Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus started and for many long time Arsenal fans, it was a calming breath of fresh air. Jesus made runs that former striker Lacazette wouldn’t have been able to do because of his pace. During Arsenal’s pressing system, he won the ball high upfield, but Martin Odegaard failed to efficiently convert the unique opportunity. Ben White started on the right side over the injured Takehiro Tomiyasu and it wasn’t the best performance from the Englishman. He made many errors and was lucky to see one of his errors didn’t lead to a Crystal Palace goal. Zinchenko’s arrival has introduced many questions as to where he would play, and today gave insight into where he would play. The Ukraine international played left-back but did typically rotate with Granit Xhaka many times during direct attacks and when Zinchenko would go upfield. The 25-year-old was overwhelmingly dominated in the air which was reasonably expected as he is only 5’7.

Crystal Palace started on the back foot and they managed to keep their defence strong throughout the game. Many fans were interested into how the season would go as they recognized their most reliable player last season, Conor Gallagher returning to Chelsea. Gallagher would generate chances out of nothing, and they had to rely on Eze making those chances tonight so he was relaxed in a roaming position. They struggled to convert great chances, and they had the same number of chances as Arsenal did. The project at Palace is great, and the way they are advancing is steering them to a prosperous future under Patrick Viera

EFL Championship game week 1 action has come to a close and it brought shocks and thrills in a good welcome back to the EFL.
It all kicked off on Friday night in a Yorkshire night as last years Play Off finalists Huddersfield hosted recently relegated Burnley. Burnley matched expectations and defeated Huddersfield in a one sided encounter 1-0 with debutant Left Back ,Ian Maatsen, with the only goal of the game. Burnley took 70% possession and dictated play with Josh Cullen at the heart of it. Huddersfield didn’t register a shot on target and the win was expected for Burnley. Blackburn and Blackpool were both 1-0 winners at home with Blackburn defeating QPR with Midfielder Lewis Travis getting the only goal of the game. Blackpool were winners over last seasons strugglers Reading. Right Back ,Callum Connolly, early goal getting the win for Blackpool.
The Saturday games also produced 4 draws. Rotherham/Swansea and Middlesbrough/West Brom both drew 1-1 with Luton/Birmingham and Wigan/Preston drawing 0-0. There was a further 3 big wins as Millwall defeated Stoke City 2-0 thanks to a brace from loanee Centre back Charlie Cresswell. There was exciting action in Yorkshire as Hull defeated Bristol City 2-1. Bristol City went 1-0 up thanks to last seasons talisman Andreas Weimann. Hull dragged the game back to 1-1 due to an Ozan Tufan penalty on the 70th minute mark before a 94th minute winner from debutant Jean Michael Seri. The biggest shock of the weekend was recently relegated Norwich City being defeated 1-0 due to a long range effort from Midfielder Romaine Sawyers. The game also saw 2 red cards as Perry Ng and Grant Hanley saw second yellow cards. There was also a bust up in the centre circle with both teams receiving punishment from the FA due to misconduct.
Sunday action also brought late drama as recently promoted Sunderland took on Coventry in a tight encounter. Jack Clarke opened the scoring for Sunderland on the 12th minute and it stayed like that until a 86th minute equaliser from Viktor Gyokeres to end the match in a draw. Mondays match featured the final recently relegated side as Watford took on last seasons play off semi-finalists Sheffield United. It started rough with 5 yellow cards before half time until Brazilian Joao Pedro scored the only goal of the game to seal it for Watford. That wrapped up the opening action of the season with some interesting results flying in but nothing major at this stage as it is still early on in the season. Let’s see what match week 2 can bring…

Ivan Perisic to Tottenham and why it is a very good deal for Contes Tottenham.

Ivan Perisic recently joined Tottenham Hotspur on a free signing a two-year contract with the London club after his contract ran out with Inter Milan

Ivan Perisic has been one of the best wingbacks in the recent years winning many major trophies. He brings class and composure despite the Croatian being thirty-three years old. This signing is a very ‘un-Tottenham like’ as it goes against the signing young players idea at Tottenham showing the change Conte has bought to the club as the Italian is trying to bring long lost trophies to Spurs.

During the 2020/21 Serie A campaign which Conte’s Inter Milan won, Perisic was a pivotal player for the Italian supplying nine goals/assists. Even though that sounds a small number, Perisic provides you with pace, energy, the ability to help the team out at the back and forming strong connections on the left as he did with Bastoni at Inter. It is still unclear who will be Tottenham’s left-centre-back next season but the Croatian will certainly be on the left with the formidable Heung-Min Son.

Perisic brings years of experience after playing in many cup finals including World Cup Final, Champions League Final and The Coppa Italia which he scored two goals in added time to win the cup for Inter Milan last season. This experience will help this Tottenham squad who so desperately want to win trophies which they so deserve after coming close on numerous occasions during the past years. Perisic also played a huge role in Croatia’s amazing 2018 World Cup run which saw them lose at the final hurdle to France. The Croatian scored vital goals including a goal in the final despite losing. He punched a sucker blow to England as he scored in extra-time to take Croatia to the final breaking England fans hearts, but all this experience will be extremely helpful not just for Tottenham but potentially other players at Tottenham.

Ryan Sessegnon the young English wing-back he provided many superb performances since Conte’s arrival after being put in the cold and hardly kicking a football under Nuno. Due to Ivan Perisic’s arrival Sessegnon will most likely be the Croatians understudy but that may not be a bad thing. As Sessegnon is a young aspiring wing-back and he can learn from one of the very best in Ivan Perisic, a man who has everything in a wing-back; back post headers, crossing abilities, good footwork, explosiveness, and the list goes on. Despite Perisic only signing for two years this could have a big affect on the future full backs at the club (even Djed Spence that could become one of Tottenham’s many signings this summer) as these young full backs have a perfect prime example to look up at which will help them to blossom over the many years they spend at the club.

The signing of Perisic is a statement signing, it is a signing teams like Chelsea, Liverpool or Man City would make showing the direction Spurs are looking to go under Conte. A man who has won it all and provided massive moments for club and country ready to explode in the Premier League under his old boss Antonio Conte. Ivan Perisic Ladies and Gentlemen.