Just two games into the newest edition of the Premier League, and it looks like we're all in store for one terrific season. Not only did Liverpool show that a loss to Spur wouldn't affect their season, as they trounced Stoke 4-0, but Burnley shocked the world with a 1-0 home win against defending champion Manchester United.
Chelsea continued a grwat form under Carlo Ancelotti with a 3-1 win over Sunderland, behind a trio of goals from Ballack, Lampard and Deco. So while Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal seemed determined to fight for the top of the table, that title for now rests in North London, as Tottenham are blowing away the competition after a 5-1 rout of sophmore side, Stoke City. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Portsmouth and Hull City look comfortably numb at the basement of the league.
The Big Result: Burnley 1-0 Manchester United
Behind a gutsy performance from keepter Brian Jensen, in which he saved the win with an early penalty stop from Michael Carrick, Burnley rode the momentum from their promotion to stun of the world's most famous clubs. While the sides are polar opposites in terms of everything from fan bases, venues and legacy, Burnely showed tonight that they do belong in the same league as Sir Alex's United.
With the departure of Ronaldo and Tevez, plus the absense of the defense corps, Untied was ripe for the picking on the road, but the inexperience and talent level of Burnely surely should have done them in. If United can't put away a team like Burnley, what could Spurs, Arsenal or Chelsea do to them right now. Until they get healthy at the back, it could be a rough start for the Red Devils.
If it Weren't for the Table...:
5. Manchester City
6. Manchester United
Man of the Round: Jermain Defoe, Tottenham Hotspur
Defoe's brilliant hat-trick led Spurs on their second big victory of the year, this time a 5-1 crushing of Hull City. The English striker has had a big month of August, scoring his goals against Hull after bringing back England from a 2-0 defacit to Holland all by himself last week in a World Cup Qualifier. With all the fire power that Spurs have up front and in the midfield, Defoe's form could wreck havoc with the rest of the Prem.
Lost for words: Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United on Burnley after 1-0 loss.
"They've been out of the Premier Division for 30-odd years - maybe it was their night because so many things happened in that penalty box it was just amazing we didn't get one."
The Absolute Stunner: Can't pass up Burnley here, but Tottenham's ability to stay consistent, sure it's early but still, could throw a wrench into the plans for the teams competing for the final Champions League spot. They've been underacheivers for a few years now, if they can put it together for a whole season, watch out, because guys like Huddlestone, Lennon and Modric are only going to get better.