Premier League Week 2 Fixtures: Highlighting Top Must-See Matches
The 2013 Premier League season opened with a bang this past weekend as big clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool all moved to the top of the table with three points.
In the weekend's biggest stunner, Arsenal suffered an embarrassing 3-1 loss at home to Aston Villa, who responded flawlessly to an early goal from the Gunners to come away with three massive points of their own.
The result was so shocking on Arsenal's end that Wenger issued an apology to the club's supporters after the match, as ESPN's Kevin Palmer reports.
But the good news for Arsenal fans is that there are still plenty of matches to be played. Below we'll highlight the top must-see matches scheduled for Week 2.
Fulham vs. Arsenal
When: Saturday, Aug. 24 at 7:45 a.m. ET (12:45 p.m. BST)
Where: Craven Cottage, London
Arsene Wenger and the Gunners will aim to bounce back from a brutal season-opening loss to Aston Villa against Fulham at Craven Cottage this coming Saturday.
Will Arsenal bounce back against Fulham?
Arsenal needed less than six minutes to take a 1-0 lead against Villa this past weekend but saw the Villains storm back to score three unanswered goals in what turned out to be a rout.
Though the Gunners won't be lacking motivation this coming weekend, picking up three points against Fulham will be no easy task for Arsenal. The Cottagers are coming off a 1-0 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in Week 1, finding a way to win despite being out-shot 21-5 (3-1).
For Arsenal, someone other than Olivier Giroud will have to step up. The Frenchman accounted for six of the Gunners' 15 shots against Villa and at times looked to be the only threat on the pitch for Wenger's crew.
Aston Villa vs. Liverpool
When: Saturday, Aug. 24 at 12:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. BST)
Where: Villa Park, Birmingham
Aston Villa are off to a strong start in league play this August after trouncing Arsenal 3-1 at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
What result are you forecasting for this Week 2 clash?
The Lions will face another stiff test in Week 2, though, when they play host to Liverpool, who survived Stoke City in their league opener this past weekend. Saturday's showdown will come just three days after Villa battle Chelsea on Wednesday.
Christian Benteke will be the player to watch in this matchup for Villa. The 22-year-old Belgian striker scored twice against the Gunners, erasing Olivier Giroud's sixth-minute goal with a pair of his own to give his side a lead it wouldn't relinquish.
Benteke scored 19 goals in 34 league appearances for Villa last year, and he's already off to a scorching-hot start in 2013.
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