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The Guts Awards - Premier League Week 2

The Premier League is now well and truly underway and we have reached the second week already. Not long now until the boring international break comes along and ruins everything you have been getting into the previous three or four weeks.

 

Well, Manchester United are still without a competitive win under new manager Louis van Gaal and have claimed only 1 point out of a possible 6. Sunderland gave as good as they got (and in some cases better) but ultimately the game petered out and the 1-1 draw was a somewhat inevitable outcome. Do better with a Guts sport bonus why don't you?

 

Manchester City claimed the first ‘big’ win of the season with their 3-1 win over possible title rivals Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium and continued their strong start to the season with 6 points from 6. Tottenham also continued their strong start to the season with the 4-0 thrashing of promoted side Queens Park Rangers complete with former boss Harry Redknapp.

 

Up there with City and Spurs are Chelsea and Swansea who defeated Leicester City and Burnley 2-0 and 1-0 respectively while also continuing their 100% starts to the season. Arsenal also salvaged what seemed to be a very unlikely point at Goodison Park where Everton let slip a 2-0 lead heading into the final 10 minutes and Aaron Ramsay and Olivier Giroud banged in the goals to ensure Arsenal remained undefeated after 2 games.

 

Guts Awards

 

Hero Award: Mauricio Pochettino

 

Pochettino is surely deserving of this award as (I know it’s only 2 games but…) after the second week he has Spurs top of the table.  An opening London derby win over West Ham United at Upton Park was followed by another London derby win over Queens Park Rangers and Spurs are now beginning to look like a team that saw over £100m spent on it within the last year.

 

Villain Award: Roberto Martinez

 

Roberto Martinez claims this award as with only 10 minutes remaining of his sides’ home game against Arsenal, they proceeded to lose 2 goals and throw away the 3 points as Arsenal claimed a 2-2 draw. Watching him on the touchline for those last 10 minutes it seemed he didn’t quite know what to do to stem the tide that was building against his team.

 

Team Award: Manchester City

 

Manchester City produced a very good team performance to defeat a lively Liverpool side featuring Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho. City weren’t at their best but again they showed that they have what it takes to win ugly and defeat their rivals.

 

Goal Award: Olivier Giroud

 

A powerful header from the Frenchman ensured Arsenal’s unbeaten start to the new season remained intact and salvaged a point for the Gunners at Everton’s Goodison Park after falling 2-0 behind and drawing 2-2.

 

Getting in front of someone as powerful as Sylvain Distin to direct a header with panache and direction as much as he did is a difficult skill but Giroud made it look easy. Will be a major miss if rumours are true he is to miss a significant part of the season through injury.

 

Guts Gripe of the Weekend: Transfer Window

 

The transfer window brings out the worst in football as we approach the summer transfer window deadline. Money is splashed around and agents to players to the media get their faces in the limelight. It just makes a mockery of what football is supposed to be – a working mans game. Agents and the media in particular have a lot to answer for while they continue feeding the ever-present greed monster that is the football transfer window. 

 

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