Premier League Matchday 2: Match reports, previews, highlights of this weekend's action on BT TV

Here is your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the second round of fixtures from the 2021/22 season.

By Robert Cottingham Published: 23 August 2021 - 11.38am

The Premier League season enters its second round of fixtures as teams who played away on Matchday 1 welcome opposition sides to their home grounds.

Read on, or click the games below for match previews, live stream information and all you need to know about each and every game in Matchday 2.

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Saturday 21 August

Liverpool 2-0 Burnley

Liverpool made it two wins from two at the start of their Premier League campaign as goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane earned them a 2-0 victory over Burnley at Anfield.

Jota, scorer of the first goal in the 3-0 win at Norwich last weekend, gave Jurgen Klopp’s men the lead with an 18th-minute header.

Mane then opened his account for 2021-22 in the 69th minute, sending a firm finish past Nick Pope.

Burnley – who had won 1-0 on their last visit to the ground in January to end Liverpool’s 68-game unbeaten home run in the league – caused the hosts some problems but could not prevent another defeat, a week on from losing their opener 2-1 at home to Brighton.

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Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle

Danny Ings scored a brilliant overhead kick to set up a deserved Aston Villa victory although Newcastle were unlucky to be on the wrong end of two VAR decisions in the 2-0 defeat.

The £25million signing from Southampton, who scored on his Villa debut in the 3-2 defeat at Watford last Saturday, struck deep into stoppage time at the end of the first half after Tyrone Mings flicked on Matt Cash’s long throw.

Anwar El Ghazi doubled Villa’s lead in the 62nd minute with a perfect penalty that was awarded after referee David Coote was advised by VAR to check for handball.

Mings got on the end of Erzi Konsa’s flick-on to head goalwards where the ball struck Jamaal Lascelles, who endured a torrid afternoon on his return to the Newcastle defence after a foot injury, on the arm.

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Crystal Palace 0-0 Brentford

Crystal Palace and Brentford played out an entertaining goalless draw at Selhurst Park to give new Eagles boss Patrick Vieira his first managerial point in the Premier League.

Both teams hit the woodwork during the first half, with Conor Gallagher going closest for the hosts before Bryan Mbeumo also hit the crossbar for the visitors.

It was the first meeting between the sides since 1977 and while six goals had been produced on that occasion, this contest finished as a stalemate with clear-cut chances lacking throughout despite plenty of endeavour from the London rivals.

Selhurst Park was awash with noise before kick-off, with the stadium full again for the first time since the pandemic hit almost 18 months ago, and in the Holmesdale Stand a banner funded by the fans was unveiled which read: ‘As the soul of Palace returns the terraces come alive’.

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Leeds 2-2 Everton

Raphinha’s superb second-half finish clinched Leeds a 2-2 draw in their first home Premier League game of the season against Everton.

The Brazilian winger crashed home a second-half equaliser – his third goal in as many games against the Toffees – as Leeds twice hit back to earn their first point of the new campaign.

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s first-half penalty was cancelled out by Mateusz Klich before the break and after Demarai Gray restored the visitors’ lead, Raphinha had the last word in a typically thrilling Leeds encounter.

Elland Road was turned into a sea of yellow before kick-off as most home fans in a capacity crowd – the first here since March 2020 – swirled flags found under their seats to mark the occasion.

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  Manchester City 5-0 Norwich

Jack Grealish scored on his home debut for Manchester City as they got their season up and running with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Norwich at the Etihad Stadium.

The champions lost the Community Shield against Leicester and their Premier League opener at Tottenham without scoring, but they put the Canaries to the sword in the Manchester rain.

They got the perfect start as goalkeeper Tim Krul scored an unfortunate own goal inside the opening 10 minutes before Grealish started paying some of his £100million fee back with his first goal for the club in the 22nd minute.

Further strikes from Aymeric Laporte, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez in the second half made it a rout as City proved they might be able to survive without trying to buy Harry Kane, albeit against a team fresh out of the Championship.

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Brighton 2-0 Watford

A rejuvenated Shane Duffy toasted his Brighton resurgence with a thumping header as the Seagulls saw off Watford 2-0 in the Premier League.

Neal Maupay latched onto Yves Bissouma’s interception for his second goal in as many games, as Brighton secured a perfect league start of two wins from two.

Frenchman Maupay was forced out of action at half-time with a suspected shoulder injury, however, the sole blight on a hugely impressive shift from Graham Potter’s men.

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Sunday 22 August

Wolves 0-1 Tottenham

Harry Kane made his first appearance of the season for Tottenham as they claimed a 1-0 Premier League win on Nuno Espirito Santo’s return to Wolves.

The England captain was not involved in the opening two games of the season following his late return from holiday amid his desire to join Manchester City.

But with Spurs holding firm, he came on in the 72nd minute of a match that was decided by Dele Alli’s 10th-minute penalty.

Alli struck home from 12 yards after he was fouled by Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa as Nuno’s side made it two 1-0 wins from two Premier League matches.

It is two 1-0 defeats for Wolves as Bruno Lage waits for his first points since becoming Nuno’s replacement, but there were positive signs as they dominated large parts of the game.v

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Southampton 1-1 Manchester United

Mason Greenwood sealed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side a hard-fought point at Southampton as Manchester United equalled the top-flight’s longest unbeaten away record.

The first match in front of a full St Mary’s crowd in almost 18 months also saw these sides do battle for the first time since Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men conceded nine without reply at Old Trafford in February.

There was no further humiliation on Sunday as Saints put in a promising performance, taking the lead when Che Adams’ strike deflected in off Fred before Greenwood secured a 1-1 draw and United’s place in the history books.

Solskjaer’s side went the whole of last season without losing a league game on the road and this result on the south coast took their unbeaten league away run to 27 matches, putting them level with Arsenal in 2003/04.

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Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea

Arsenal fell to a second successive defeat as visitors Chelsea cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win on a wet afternoon at the Emirates.

Inspired by the presence of £97m man Romelu Lukaku, making his second debut for the club after his summer move from Inter, Chelsea bullied the home side into a limp defeat with two first half goals doing the damage.

Lukaku was instrumental in everything Thomas Tuchel's men created in the final third and the Belgian needed less than 15 minutes to get off the mark as he tapped home from Reece James' pinpoint low cross.

James then helped himself to a goal shortly afterwards as Mason Mount found his England team-mate in acres of space on the right before James planted a powerful finish into the far corner of Bernd Leno's goal.

Lukaku almost doubled his tally after the break but his powerful header was tipped onto the crossbar by Leno's stunning reaction fingertip stop.

Defeat now leaves Arsenal alongside Newcastle and Norwich in the relegation zone with questions beginning to mount over Mikel Arteta's future.

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Monday 23 August

West Ham v Leicester, 8pm on NOW via BT TV

The first Monday night fixture of the season comes from the London Stadium as two teams on a high after opening-day wins clash in the capital.

West Ham came from behind to see off Newcastle in a ding-dong encounter at St James' Park with Said Benrahma among those on the scoresheet. 

The winger made a slow start to life at West Ham after moving from Brentford but appears to have found his feet and could be a serious weapon for David Moyes' men this campaign.

The London Stadium has not always been a happy place for West Ham fans but given that they qualified for the Europa League through their league position last season, the feel-good factor is back.

And that should mean a brilliant atmosphere as West Ham welcome last season's FA Cup winners Leicester to town.

The Foxes secured a 1-0 opening-day win over Wolves thanks to Jamie Vardy's strike but boast a poor recent record against Monday's opponents.

West Ham won home and away in 2020/21 and Leicester find it difficult to keep The Hammers out. They've kept a clean sheet in just 11% of their Premier League clashes with West Ham, only against Man United do they hold a worst record.