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Twitter reacts to Premier League shocks in second matchweek

| 22.08.2016

Holly Thackeray | August 21, 2016

Twitter reacts to Premier League shocks in second matchweek

It’s like it has never been away! Matchweek two of the 2016/17 Premier League season has certainly delivered with goals, drama and shocks galore.

Coral sum the spectacle up for punters by the magic of social media, compiling the best comments, jokes and insights from Twitter, as users across the globe add their two pennies’ worth on the action from the English top-flight.

So, enjoy our stupendous selections below, and who knows – perhaps next week your Tweet could be featured!

Man Utd 2-0 Southampton

As Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his mark with a brilliant brace to give Jose Mourinho his first home victory at Old Trafford, Bleacher Report found an Olympics-themed way to honour the Super Swede’s striking exploits, as well as have a dig at those who thought he might be getting too old. Here’s looking at you Arsene Wenger.

Ibrahimovic wasn’t going to get away from the godly comparisons anytime soon either…

While, others picked up on second-time debutant Paul Pogba’s secret code handshake with Eric Bailly. Any guesses?

But there was also a touch of class from the former Juventus man, as Pogba picked a fan of his old club to be his Man Utd mascot.

Not to be outdone on his Old Trafford bow, however, Mourinho showcased a first touch Wayne Rooney would be envious of…

To be fair, Pogba’s opening touch against Southampton didn’t flatter him either.

Stoke City 1-4 Manchester City

While, as for the Sky Blue half of Manchester, a Saturday lunchtime trip to wet and windy Stoke ended in a rout for the Citizens, as Pep Guardiola’s guys continue to go from strength to strength.

The Catalan coach’s new Spanish signing Nolito certainly made an impact.

And the forward’s stats did compatriot Jesus Navas no favours…

Sergio Aguero also continued his cracking form with a deadly double himself. Hands up if you had him in your fantasy team?

The Argentine will certainly be pleased with himself after going level on Premier League goals with Chelsea legend Didier Drogba.

But not everyone agreed with the comparison…

Burnley 2-0 Liverpool

Many a Liverpool fan will have been glad this match was not televised, as Premier League new boys Burnley stunned the Reds with two goals at Turf Moor, less than a week after the Merseysiders thumped Arsenal 4-3.

It was a peculiar performance from Liverpool, and coach Jurgen Klopp’s facial expressions, soaked raincoat and all, seemed to sum up his team’s afternoon.

Goals from Clarets forwards Sam Vokes and Andre Gray did the damage, though the Reds rearguard helped make the pair look potent. Giving some cause to bring out comparisons to a certain Coral ambassador.

Klopp will certainly want to contemplate his back four after the trip to Turf Moor.

Burnley’s giant killing was proof again that possession doesn’t always win you games. Ouch at those stats.

While Liverpool’s bad day out was compounded as even Lord Sugar decided to have his say…

Watford 2-1 Chelsea

Further south, Watford looked as though they would spring a surprise of their own after taking an early lead at Vicarage Road against Chelsea, but the Blues fought back to steal three points at the death.

Cesc Fabregas was the hero of the hour, as he set up Diego Costa’s winner after coming off the bench to deliver an inch-perfect assist. Although, we’re not sure he could pull off the impossible as the Tweet below suggests…

Having been out of favour, the ex-Arsenal schemer now has fans clamoring for his inclusion in Antonio Conte’s XI.

Here is Fabregas’ awesome assist if you missed it:

Swansea City 0-2 Hull City

It’s only early days, but many pundits expected promoted, depleted and rudderless Hull to be rock bottom of the league by now. Instead they made it two wins from two by sinking Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. Spirit.

Some Twitter comments even suggested the Tigers, led by caretaker coach Mike Phelan, had a little something of Leicester City about them.

And, Coral were happy to oblige with the odds…

Leicester City 0-0 Arsenal

This encounter between last season’s Premier League top two was expected to be a scorcher. But, although there was plenty of controversy as Leicester saw two penalty appeals dismissed, the match was disappointingly light on goals…

So much so that BT Sport host Jake Humphrey’s post match Tweets were centered around Leicester’s culinary delights.

Others, were far from complimentary about the bore draw.

Sunderland 1-2 Middlesbrough

All eyes were also on Sunday’s first Northeast derby between Middlesbrough and Sunderland, but it was Boro that bagged the points with a 2-1 win at the Stadium of Light.

It was applause all round as Cristhian Stuani opened scoring in spectacular style.

As his first Premier League goal it was a great milestone for the Uruguayan but not for Sunderland stopper Vito Mannone.

While Alvaro Negredo also deserved a shout out for assisting Stuani’s first strike and, unselfishly, also the second.

Finally, the Black cats found a leveller through Patrick van Aanholt, who isn’t the best at the back but, as per this stat, is the highest scoring Premier League defender in 2016.

That wasn’t much consolation to Mackems fans though.


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Holly Thackeray

Holly is a member of the content team, and can often be found on the sports desk writing about favourite topics Serie A and East Asian footballing nations. A recent darts convert, she is also a fully-fledged member of Barney's Army and a proud Leeds-born Manchester United fan.