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Monday Night Football Review of the Premier League

Gameweek 2 of Premier League drew to a close with Monday night football. Villa played their first match of the season against Sheffield United. Villa captain Jack Grealish has just signed a 5-year contract extension following rumours of his impending departure. This was a big boost to the club, who had just about managed to avoid relegation last season and could not afford to lose their captain and best player.

Sheffield on the other hand was coming off the back of a historic season for the club recording an 8th place finish in the Premier League. Chris Wilder’s men had proven to be a resilient force and showed the Premier League that they were here to stay.

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The Blades were dealt an early blow as John Egan was sent off rather harshly for denying Watkins a goal-scoring opportunity. Sheffield however, has always shown great fight. They maintained their defensive shape and soaked up the pressure. Their patience and resilience finally paid off as Basham went down in the box to win them a penalty.

John Lundstram stepped up to take the first penalty of his professional career. Emiliano Martinez on his Aston Villa debut dived to his right and made a strong two-handed save. This was the turning point in the game. After this Sheffield were forced to sit deep and struggled to break from the defense.

Villa finally converted all the pressure into a goal at the start of the second half. Tyrone Mings flicked on a corner and Konsa rose high at the back post to head home. Villa saw out the game on this one-goal lead to start their campaign with a win.

The feature game of the night saw Manchester City return to action against familiar foes. Wolves had beaten City twice last season and Pep had a score to settle at the Molineux. City started strong as Wolves struggled to find their rhythm. Recently crowned Player of the Year Kevin De Bruyne burst into the box and drew a challenge from Saiss. The referee immediately pointed to the penalty spot.

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De Bruyne stepped up himself and absolutely buried the penalty giving the keeper no chance. Not long after the Belgian slipped a beautiful pass through to Raheem Sterling who pulled it back for Foden to pocket it into an empty net.

Wolves are a team that refuses to give up. Adama Traore stepped up and started beating his man and putting dangerous crosses into the box. After a flurry of missed chances, Podence nutmegged Mendy and put an inviting ball into the box. The Mexican Raul Jimenez jumped high and smashed the header into the net once again showcasing his phenomenal aerial ability.

Wolves Pushed for an equalizer but City managed to hold on. With the clock running down Gabriel Jesus scored his first goal of the season thanks to a deflection in the final minute of the game. The game ended 3-1 in favor of City. The score did not reflect the nature of the game. But that is so often the case in football.

This Premier League Weekend has gone down in history. The record for most goals scored in a 10 match game week was broken. A total of 44 goals were scored over the course of this weekend. This shows the quality of attacking talent that has developed and been brought into the Premier League. It is a promising sign for the future. The Premier League is back among the European elites after a few years on the sidelines.

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