WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Luis Suarez of Liverpool reacts after a missed chance during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool at The Hawthorns on August 18, 2012 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
We did this last week, and it seemed to go over fairly well. With that in mind, here's a quick recap of everything that's happened on the pitch in the Premier League outside of Chelsea's games since we last checked in. Once again, all of the linked recaps are from our friends here at SB Nation, so please be respectful if you decide to comment on those threads:
- Everton 1 - Manchester United 0: United started their season off with a fizzle, as a certain Belgian had yet another stunning display against the defending...well...I guess they aren't really defending anything. Anyway, Royal Blue Mersey has the recap of this one covered.
- Swansea 3 - West Ham 0: SB Nation doesn't yet have a blog covering either of these teams, so we don't have a fancy recap to link. This one was all Swansea though, and probably should have been a lot more lopsided than it eventually was. Swansea are now one of three teams that has yet to drop points on the season
- Tottenham 1 - West Bromwich Albion 1: This one looked to be pretty much all Tottenham for the first 60 minutes or so. Enter the Kraken, and all of a sudden it looked to West Brom in control. Tottenham would score first on a wicked deflection, but WBA would get the deserved equalizer in stoppage time. Cartilage Free Captain has the recap.
- Aston Villa 1 - Everton 3: Everton would win their second game of the week, so far they've not dropped any points in the new season. Villa, on the other hand, don't look so hot to start the new season. The match report for this one can be found at 7500 to Holte.
- Manchester United 3 - Fulham 2: Untied picked up their first points of the season as Robin van Persie found the back of the net for the first time in his new shade of red. Wayne Rooney suffered a pretty bad cut in this one that will likely see him missing the next two fixtures for United, which should lead to two more chances to see Kagawa and RvP paired in attack. The recap for this one can be found over at The Busby Babe.
- Norwich 1 - QPR 1: A tree fell in the woods. Nobody heard it. It probably wasn't because you were watching this game, and frankly neither was I. It ended in a draw, and we're moving on.
- Southampton 0 - Wigan 2: The first test the Latics got was the defending European champions, so this was likely a far better measuring stick of what we can expect from Wigan this season. They passed with flying colors, taking three potentially huge points off of the newly promoted side.
- Stoke 0 - Arsenal 0: I find this fixture fascinating every time, but Arsenal fans always seem to dread it. There are again no goals to talk about for Arsenal, but the two points they've collected have them sitting above Tottenham and Liverpool at the moment. The Short Fuse has your recap.
- Liverpool 2 - Manchester City 2: Liverpool put in a heck of a display against the defending champs, and Manchester City just looked uninterested for most of the game. They perked right up both times that Liverpool gifted them chances though, and Liverpool can feel a bit disheartened to have only taken a single point. Oh well, I doubt you'll hear too much sympathy for them here.
Chelsea will now be out of Premier League action until the 15th of September, but the rest of the league (except Reading) will be in action next weekend. As it stands, Chelsea will be no worse than level on points at the top when they next take the pitch for a Premier League tie. It's been a great start to the season, now we get to take a little break again. Hopefully that break means some rest for Juan Mata, as he looks like he could use it.