Football's Weekly Roundup #1

Published on 15 August 2023 at 18:49

Welcome to the first of our weekly round ups. 


In this series we will take stock of the previous weeks fixtures and what it means for the league.


So, let’s get into it.



Premier League 


First up, it’s the Premier League which saw goals galore on the opening weekend of the 2023/24 campaign.


Newcastle netted five at home to Aston Villa, with Sandro Tonali scoring on his debut. Unfortunately for Villa, the misery didn’t end there as Tyrone Mings was forced  off with a serious knee injury.


It was also a tough weekend for the Premier League newcomers with Luton and Burnley being dominated and Sheffield United suffering from a complete lack of creativity.


Chelsea and Liverpool played out a one-all draw and Spurs got the Ange Postecoglu era off to a somewhat successful start with a draw away at Brentford.


Finally on Monday we saw a stubborn Wolves side get undone by some dodgy decisions against a meek Manchester United.


Player of the weekend - Alexander Isak (Newcastle United)


Despite Erling Haaland continuing his freakish goalscoring figures in the Premier League, it’s actually Newcastle’s Alexander Isak who impressed us the most with two excellent goals against an otherwise defensively sound Aston Villa outfit. 




This weekend in the championship we bore witness to an absolute thriller as Norwich and Southampton played out an enthralling four-all draw at St Marys.


Elsewhere, defeats for Sunderland and Middlesbrough left the two promotion hopefuls languishing at the bottom of the table following a disappointing start for the north-eastern sides, whilst recently relegated Leeds United tasted defeat at St Andrews as a steely Birmingham side took the spoils in a close encounter.


Player of the weekend - Ozan Tufan (Hull City)


The player of the week is undoubtedly Ozan Tufan who’s impressive hat trick put Sheffield United to the sword.


League One


Meanwhile, in League One we saw a Saturday full to the brim with goals with Derby, Lincoln, Bolton and Portsmouth all netting three or more.


It’s the second time in as many games in which Bolton have won by three goals to nil and puts them firmly in the title favourites column.


On the flip side, newly relegated Reading followed up their opening day defeat with another one goal defeat, failing to score yet again away at Port Vale.


Player of the weekend - Danny Mandroiu (Lincoln City)


The Lincoln City winger has to be our player of the weekend this time out, putting on an impressive display in which he scored once and laid on a further two assists to help his side to a deserved victory.


League Two


In League Two this weekend, last seasons two National League protagonists looked to get back on track following disappointing opening days.


However, it was only Notts County who were able to remedy those woes, narrowly edging out Grimsby Town.


In other news, it was Welsh side Newport County who made the headlines with a four-nil thrashing of Doncaster Rovers, largely helped by a Richard Wood own goal.


Player of the weekend - Will Evans (Newport County)


In League Two, Newport’s Will Evans takes the spoils scoring two of the four goals in a demolition job over Doncaster.



But what did you think of this weekend’s action? Let us know in the comments or on our socials.




Ben Watts

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