The day of the underdogs

Week 1 sees “smaller” clubs come away with points.

David and Goliath. Rudy Ruettiger. Swansea City. What do all of these have in common? They’re all underdogs who beat the odds and prevailed.

The Premier League kicked off with Swansea City at Manchester United on Saturday, and boy did the Swans look good. They, for the first time ever, took three points from Old Trafford. Goals from Sung-Yueng Ki and Gylfi Sigurdsson saw them through the 90 minutes. With Manchester United’s new manager Louis Van Gaal losing his first competitive match, he’s looking to bounce back next week against Sunderland. He is notorious for slow starts, so I wouldn’t worry about this game, but if they keep dropping points to second half clubs, then it’ll be a rough season again.. Swansea looked really comfortable together and played beautiful football. With results like this, it looks to be a promising season.

Another upset was the Everton and Leicester City game, seeing Leicester return to the Premier League after a ten-year absence. It was a successful return as they earned a point from the fixture. Everton looked really good in the first half, working the ball around in typical toffee fashion. Aiden McGeady opened up the scoring for Everton in the 20 minute with a beauty. Leicester quickly fired back with a set piece goal from Jose Ulloa in the 22nd minute. Everton dropped off in the second half, not playing to potential and the game ended in a 2-2 draw. It’ll be tough for Everton to finish in the coveted 4th place spot if they keep dropping points to teams that should be fighting to stay up in the league. As for Leicester, this is a huge step for them, getting off on the right foot in their first game.

Crystal Palace held Arsenal 1-1 until the 91 minute, where Aaron Ramsey slotted home the game winner from a few yards away. This came as a big surprise, as manager Tony Pulis left the club days before the fixture was played. It was very unfortunate for Palace; I thought that they put in a great effort and should have come away with a point.

Newcastle looked great against Manchester City. It ended 2-0, but Newcastle held the defending champions to a one-goal game until a late goal by Sergio Aguero. The Geordies looked very promising and it could be a signal for better things to come. Manchester City’s kits looked awful, the all sky blue color does not work at all. I was disappointed in their effort, they looked lazy and it was very uncharacteristic of them. If city keeps playing like this, they won’t have any chance of protecting their title.

All in all, it was a very good start to the Premier League. I can’t wait to see how important these points will become in the coming weeks.