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Premier League, Week 2: Tottenham and Manchester City in action

Things went mostly as expected in the Premier League on Saturday. Can Cardiff or Swansea spring an upset on Sunday?

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Cardiff stun Man City

Cardiff were made to sweat out the result at the very end, but they held on to down Manchester City for their first win in the Premier League.


Spurs beat Swansea from the spot

Tottenham Hotspur are yet to score from open play, but they have six points from six after seeing off Swansea City via a Roberto Soldado penalty.


Cardiff City vs. Manchester City: Lineups

Manchester City will be without their captain for the trip to Cardiff City, but they've still got some quality in defence in the form of Matija Nastasic. New manager Mauricio Pellegrini has opted not to risk him as he returns from injury, however, going instead with former Benficia midfielder Javi Garcia to fill Vincent Kompany's spot in the visitors' back line. The opening day victory against Newcastle (not to mention the long career in La Liga) implies that Pellegrini knows what he's doing, though, so we'll give him the benefit of the doubt.

Cardiff City look pretty boned, don't they?

Cardiff City starting lineup (4-5-1): David Marshall; Andrew Taylor, Ben Turner, Steven Caulker, Matthew Connolly; Aron Gunnarsson, Gary Medel, Peter Whittingham, Kim Bo-Kyung, Craig Bellamy; Frazier Campbell.

Substitutes from: Mark Hudson, Jurdon Mutch, Don Cowie, Andreas Cornelius, Craig Noone, Nicky Maynard.

Manchester City starting lineup (4-2-2-2): Joe Hart; Gael Clichy, Joleon Lescott, Javi Garcia, Pablo Zabaleta; Fernandinho, Yaya Toure; David Silva, Jesus Navas; Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko.

Substitutes from: Costel Pantilimon, Aleksandar Kolarov, Matija Nastasic, James Milner, Samir Nasri, Jack Rodwell, Alvaro Negredo.


Tottenham Hotspur vs. Swansea City: Lineups

Tottenham Hotspur look to build on their 1-0 win at Selhurst Park on the opening day of the season, while Swansea continue their difficult start. The Swans are coming off a battering at the hands of the defending champions, and a visit to White Hart lane doesn't exactly mean things are getting any easier.

There's no Gareth Bale, and this Spurs lineup looks distinctly unfamiliar -- only one player out of the front six was a regular last season. It'll be especially interesting to see how the Etienne Capoue-Moussa Dembele-Paulinho midfield works together.

Tottenham Hotspur starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Danny Rose, Jan Vertonghen, Michael Dawson, Kyle Walker; Etienne Capoue, Moussa Dembele, Paulinho; Andros Townsend, Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli.

Substitutes from: Brad Friedel, Younes Kaboul, Kyle Naughton, Tom Carroll, Sandro, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jermain Defoe.

Swansea City starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Michel Vorm; Ben Davies, Ashley Williams, Chico Flores, Angel Rangel; Jose Canas, Jonathan de Guzman; Pablo Hernandez, Jonjo Shelvey, Wayne Routledge; Michu.

Substitutes from: Gerhard Tremmel, Jordi Amat, Jazz Richards, Leon Britton, Alejandro Pozuelo, Roland Lamah, Wilfried Bony.


Fresh from European wins, Spurs and Swansea meet

Spurs look to keep pace at the top of the league as they host fellow Europa League participant Swansea to White Hart Lane.


Manchester City expected to beat Cardiff

Manchester City are expected to record a comfortable win away at newly-promoted Cardiff City on Sunday.


Sturridge and Mignolet win it for Liverpool

It was The Daniel Sturridge and Simon Mignolet Show for Liverpool once again.


10-man Hull beats Norwich, Stoke downs Palace

It wasn't the prettiest football being played today in the Premier League but several teams won't mind after picking up their first points of the young season.


Fonte salvages point for Saints

Southampton left it late against Sunderland, but they eventually managed to secure a draw through Jose Fonte's 88th minute header, which cancelled out Emanuele Giaccherini's opener.


Stalemate for Newcastle and West Ham

Newcastle United and West Ham cancelled each other out in a fairly uneventful game at St. James' Park where defences were on top.


Podolski brace helps Arsenal past Fulham

Arsenal made surprisingly light work of Fulham at Craven Cottage as the hosts failed to replicate the coherence of their performance in beating Sunderland last week.


Fulham vs. Arsenal: Lineups

Arsenal leave Jack Wilshere on the bench as they take on Fulham at Craven Cottage in the first game of the Premier League weekend.


Liverpool travel to Villa Park

Aston Villa have shown promise in their opening Premier League games, hosting Liverpool at Villa Park next.


Fulham host Arsenal at Craven Cottage

Fulham's defense will be missing one starter and possibly a second as Arsenal visit Craven Cottage looking for their first points of the new season.


EPL, Week 2 preview: Crisis lurking

Arsenal and Newcastle are going to descend into oblivion as their fans burn down their grounds. Unless, you know, they win this week and sign some players. Entirely possible!

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