Premier League Weekend in 20 Pictures

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistAugust 25, 2013

Premier League Weekend in 20 Pictures

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    What is the best way to revitalise a dull Premier League weekend? Cardiff City know the answer.

    The top flight's new boys staged a stunning 3-2 win over Manchester City in their debut Premier League encounter. Fraizer Campbell played the role of hero in a match that has etched itself into the Welsh capital's history books.

    Scenes of celebration overpowered a weekend that struggled for dramatic action, while a number of pictures defined matches that were closely fought, if largely uninspiring.

    Let's take a look at this weekend's best photos.

The English Summer Rolls on at Craven Cottage

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    The English sun was never going to last.

    Arsenal's Santi Cazorla and on-loan Fulham midfielder Adel Taarabt highlight the gruelling conditions with a Slip 'n Slide along the Craven Cottage pitch. The Gunners claimed victory with a 3-1 win, but that didn't stop the two players enjoying a quick game of Leap Frog during the match.

Arsenal Players Celebrate Goal Against Fulham

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    Arsene Wenger's transfer policy may come under fire from many fans, but the Arsenal players are working just fine without any new recruits.

    Lukas Podolski's brace against Fulham was celebrated passionately by a squad that is quietly getting on with its objectives. Per Mertesacker was so excited he even learned to sprint for the first time.

Ben Foster Puts His Body on the Line to Stop Marouane Fellaini from Scoring

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    Roberto Martinez has employed some rather interesting tactics since taking over at Goodison Park.

    The Spanish manager—who has coaxed his team toward two draws from two fixtures—is known to push forward with a bold aggressiveness in his home games and isn't afraid of trying new things.

    Most notably, his decision to make Nikica Jelavic wear a football-shaped mask frightened West Brom into a 0-0 draw.

Luke Daniels Finally Makes West Bromwich Albion Debut

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    Luke Daniels is 25 years old and has been at West Brom since 2004.

    He finally got the opportunity to take position between the sticks when Ben Foster was forced off with injury in the second half against Everton.

    Not wanting to miss his opportunity to impress, the patient stopper deployed his best levitating ball trick in front of the gawping crowd.

Robbie Brady Gives Hull City Their First 3 Points of the Season

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    Robbie Brady's carefully stroked penalty gave Hull City their first win of the season. Although Robert Koren tried to huff and puff the ball toward goal with extra force, Brady did the business by himself.

    Norwich onlookers may have a new squad to enjoy, but Chris Hughton's men need to rapidly improve if the Canaries are to push up the table.

Hull Fans Celebrate the Winning Goal in Jubilant Fashion

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    Brady's goal meant a first opportunity of Premier League celebration for the KC Stadium. Boy, did they take it.

Alan Pardew Watches on as the Magpies Draw at St. James' Park

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    Bored of watching his team fail to gain momentum in the 0-0 draw with West Ham, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew resorted to impressions of Fonzie from Happy Days to entertain the local crowd.

James Collins Clears the Ball Against Newcastle United...Again

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    Perhaps the Newcastle-West Ham match can be summed up by this photo. Lap it up—Premier League football doesn't get more exciting than an extended amount of hoofed clearances.

    Zzz.

Calum Chambers Skips by a Downed Opponent

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    Calum Chambers should be extremely happy with his opening appearances of the season for Southampton. The 18-year-old has endeared himself to Saints fans by performing with extreme confidence and sending opponents to sleep with his bare hands.

    Zzz.

It's Fun to Stay at The...

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    Did these men break into song during Southampton's 1-1 draw with the Black Cats? I have nothing more to say, aside from, "Young man, there's no need to feel down."

Marouane Chamakh Scores His 1st Goal for Crystal Palace

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    Marouane Chamakh scored his first goal for Crystal Palace with a smart finish in the 2-1 loss to Stoke City.

    The Moroccan striker endured a torrid time with Arsenal, but just as Wenger is hunting a new forward, he decides to lace up his boots and start playing football again.

Ryan Shawcross Secures Comeback Win for Stoke City

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    Ryan Shawcross is more likely to score a goal than Chamakh, making his recent Stoke winner rather hard to predict—much to the joy of his teammates.

    Note: Robert Huth is the type of man who only shows tough love to his centre-back partner.

Daniel Sturridge Nets Liverpool's Winner for the 2nd Time in 2 Matches

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    Daniel Sturridge netted his X winner of the season against X.

    (After scoring the only goal in two 1-0 wins for Liverpool, please fill in the aforementioned statement accordingly across the rest of the season.)

Fabian Delph Energetically Leads the Aston Villa Midfield

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    Fabian Delph has performed admirably during Aston Villa's first trio of Premier League games this season.

    The athletic midfielder continues to show boundless energy and impressive agility in the heart of Paul Lambert's team. This photo highlights his unnatural contortion when transitioning into a sprint, something that highlights his immense dedication to the Villa cause.

Anyone for a Gareth Bale Shirt?

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    I'm not a marketing genius, but I'm pretty sure the "Gareth Bale Sale Rail" is the best footballing rhyme since "Phil Neal's Meal Deals" hit British supermarkets.

Roberto Soldado Casually Scores Winner from the Penalty Spot...

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    Away from the Welsh superstar, Spurs are performing admirably on the pitch.

    Roberto Soldado is proving to be a cool customer and nonchalantly dispatched his second penalty winner in two consecutive 1-0 Premier League wins for the North London club.

...and Celebrates Not so Casually

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    Once the ball hit the back of Michel Vorm's net, the Spanish striker led the celebrations with an animated sprint to the corner flag.

Fraizer Campbell Defends from the Front for Cardiff City

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    Fraizer Campbell has been playing too much Street Fighter.

    The Cardiff City striker scored two goals in the Welsh club's 3-2 win over Manchester City, but when chasing down the ball, he unleashed a turbo attack to halt the progress of Joleon Lescott.

Cardiff Nab a Late Winner to Stun Manchester City on Their Premier League Debut

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    With his special moves built up and ready to release, Campbell's duo of headed goals had the Cardiff City Stadium going nutty, although the 25-year-old must stop screaming at friendly stewards who offer him hugs.

Cardiff Fans Lap Up the Winning Goal in with Overjoyed Celebrations

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    The rise of Cardiff and Swansea City has rejuvenated the lure of Welsh football. With the score concluding at 3-2 during the former side's win, this unusually tall minor couldn't help but scream to the rafters in celebration.

    Malky Mackay's men deserve all the plaudits as we head toward Week 3 of the English season. Thanks for joining me along this journey of the Premier League that was, but now, it's time to hit snooze control until Newcastle take to the field once more.

    Zzz.