Premier League Pecking Order- Matchweek 1 (Premier League Season 2022/23- In a Nutshell)
The pecking order is based on the performance of the Premier League teams during the given Matchweek; on this occasion, it’s Matchweek 1. The Premier League Pecking Order starts with the 20th team (worst performed team) in the Pecking Order and finishes with the 1st team (best performed team) in the Pecking Order.
20- Nottingham Forest
- Nottingham Forest was fortunate that they had Dean Henderson as their goalkeeper.
- They had no shots on target compared to ten for Newcastle United.
- After James Ward-Prowse opened the scoring for Southampton their performance was atrocious.
18- Aston Villa
- Aston Villa controlled possession against AFC Bournemouth, but finished with just two shots on target from 15 shots!
17- West Ham United
- West Ham United restricted Manchester City to two shots on target, but only had one shot on target and 24.6% possession themselves.
16- Manchester United
- Manchester United were poor in the first half. They seemed to respond slightly after half time. They finished with five shots on target and 62.9% possession for the game.
- Liverpool would be disappointed with their performance against newly promoted Fulham. They did score two goals and hit the woodwork twice.
- Brentford did well to fight back from a two-goal deficit to claim a draw against Leicester City, partly thanks to the substitutions made by Thomas Frank.
13- Leicester City
- Leicester City gave up a 2-nil lead as they allowed Brentford to get back into the game. That’s despite having five shots on target compared with five from Brentford.
- Everton were competitive against Chelsea as the only goal they conceded was from a penalty. They had their chances with four shots on target, but Chelsea were too good.
11- Crystal Palace
- Crystal Palace restricted Arsenal to two shots on target. The only reason Crystal Palace didn’t fight back into the game was due to Arsenal goalkeeper, Aaron Ramsdale making a couple of good saves.
10- Leeds United
- Leeds United put in an average display. They were fortunate to have Illan Meslier as their goalkeeper, otherwise they wouldn’t have claimed three points.
9- Wolverhampton Wanderers
- Wolverhampton Wanderers had six shots on target to Leeds United’s four. They also finished with 59.9% possession.
8- Brighton and Hove Albion
- Brighton and Hove Albion controlled the majority of the game as they were clinical scoring two goals from their four shots on target. They did allow Manchester United to control the game after half time, but left Old Trafford with three points.
- Arsenal won their game against Crystal Palace, because they were more talented.
- Chelsea put in a solid display against Everton, but will need to improve in order to finish high on the Premier League table.
5- AFC Bournemouth
- AFC Bournemouth would be over the moon with causing an upset against Aston Villa. They had three shots on target compared to the opposing teams two. They did a good job to win the game 2-nil.
- Fulham came with a solid plan in their first game of the Premier League season against Liverpool. They controlled the first half. Finally, Liverpool woke up, but they would be disappointed not to claim all three points, as they took the lead on two occasions.
3- Manchester City
- Manchester City controlled the tempo of the game and the balance of play against West Ham United. They finished with two goals from their two shots on target and kept a clean sheet. It was good to see new signing Erling Haaland score a brace.
2- Tottenham Hotspur
- Tottenham Hotspur Came from a one goal deficit to win 4-1 against an inferior Southampton team. They finished with eight shots on target. None of their four goals came from Harry Kane or Son Heung-Min, which showcases their attacking depth in the final third.
1- Newcastle United
- Newcastle United finished the game with ten shots on target compared to none for Nottingham Forest. It was one way traffic. The score could have been more than 2-nil in favour of Newcastle United.
Premier League Pecking Order- Matchweek 1 (Premier League Season 2022/23- Final Thoughts)
It was an unpredictable Matchweek 1 of football, which can be substantiated by the Pecking Order. The entertainment value was outstanding, as there were some unpredictable results. There were two draws in ten matches. Newcastle United continued on from where they left off with Eddie Howe implementing an exciting brand of football to watch. Two of the three newly promoted teams got a positive result with Nottingham Forest the only team to not claim a point in Matchweek 1!