⦁ Huddersfield makes fairytale start to top division life
⦁ West Ham hammered by relentless United
⦁ Vokes hits brace as Burnley take maximum points at the Bridge and more….
The long wait for some competitive action has finally come to an end! The English Premier League is back on the television screens of homes around the world and as usual it promises renewed rivalries, physical battles and a constant flow of cracking goals in the 380 matches to be played in total. Which team will lift the illustrious trophy at the end of the marathon? Will it be the defending champions Chelsea? Will we see it move to Manchester? Will Arsenal, Tottenham or Liverpool conquer the rest? Lets take you through the results in the first round of matches played.
Crystal Palace 0-3 Huddersfield Town
The Terriers started life in the top flight division on a high, scoring three unanswered goals against the Eagles at Selhurst Park. It took them 23 minutes to register their first goal, Danny Ward put the ball in his own net from a corner.
Huddersfield’s record signing Mounie announced his presence in the 26th minute, heading one in from Aaron Mooy’s cross.
The striker from Benin managed to influence the game even more late on. He converted another opportunity in the 78th minute to ensure the win for Huddersfield.
The Terries take 2nd place after the first round of matches and the Eagles move down to 19th place in the standings.
Brighton and Hove Albion 0-2 Manchester City
The Cityzens began the new season with a 2-0 win over newcomers Brighton at the Falmer Stadium in the weekend. Pep Guardiola’s men had a lot of opportunities and most of the possession during the encounter.
The game seemed destined for a draw until Sergio Aguero found a way past the opposition goalkeeper in the 70th minute after being played through by David Silva.
City got a two goal cushion five minutes later after Lewis Dunk scored an own goal. The victory will give joy to Pep Guardiola after a very busy transfer window. The Cityzens place 3rd on the log and Brighton places 17th after the first round.
Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City
The Gunners managed to avoid defeat on the season opener against the Foxes in a seven goal thriller. Alexandre Lacazette marked his league debut with a headed goal inside 2 minutes for Arsenal.
Shingi Okazaki equalized for the visitors 3 minutes later with a headed effort. Jamie Vardy then turned things round for Leicester with a close range finish in the 29th minute.
Danny Welbeck was at the end to finish a good build up play to make things level just before the half time whistle. Jamie Vardy headed in his brace in the 56th minute from Riyad Mahrez’s corner to put the away side back in the driving seat.
Substitute Aaron Ramsey made things level again for Arsenal with the help of Granit Xhaka’s feed in the 83rd minute and another substitute in Olivier Giroud completed the comeback for Arsene Wenger’s men with a header in the 85th minute.
Arsenal go into the second round of fixtures in 5th place and Leicester City places 13th after the result.
Watford 3-3 Liverpool
The match between the Hornets and the Reds ended with points shared at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon. The home side struck first through Stefano Okaka’s header inside 8 minutes.
Sadio Mane showed his superb finishing ability to make things all square in the 29th minute. The hosts took the lead again and it was Doucoure with the goal this time from close range in the 32nd minute.
Liverpool got the equalizer yet again in the 55th minute. Roberto Firmino coverted from the spot after Mohammed Salah was brought down. Mohammed Salah got his goal to bring his new team ahead, converting in the 57th minute from Firmino’s feed.
The game looked won for Liverpool until Britos scored a controversial goal in the 93rd minute to end the match in a stalemate. Liverpool places 9th and Watford places 10th on the league table.
Chelsea 2-3 Burnley
The Blues had a horrendous start to their title defence after losing by three goals to two to the Clarets at Stamford Bridge. Gary Cahill was sent off in the 14th minute for a lunge on Steven Defour leaving his side to battle with 10 men for the remainder of the match.
Sam Vokes capitalized on the extra man with a volleyed goal in the 24th minute. Stephen Ward drove one in to double the lead for the away team in the 39th minute.
Sam Vokes then got his brace with two minutes left to the half time whistle, heading the ball past Thibaut Courtois.
Alvaro Morata gave the Chelsea fans something to cheer after scoring his debut goal in the 69th minute. Antonio Conte’s men had another setback late on, Cesc Fabregas received a second yellow card in the 81st minute leaving the hosts with two men down.
David Luiz gave his side a fighting chance with a close range strike to reduce the deficit to one in the 88th minute. It was not enough in the end and Burnley went home with all three points.
Chelsea are now the first reigning Premier League champions to concede three goals in the opening game of the season. Burnley places 6th so far and Chelsea places 14th after the first round.
Newcastle 0-2 Tottenham
Spurs ended their first encounter in the new season on a good note with a fairly comfortable 2-0 victory over newly promoted Newcastle at St. James’ Park on Sunday.
The sending off of Jonjo Shelvey in the 48th minute only made the task easier for Mauricio Pochettino’s men. Dele Alli registered Tottenham’s first goal of the new season with a finish from close range in the 61st minute.
Ben Davies made it two for the away team, getting on the end of a slick move from his team mates in the 70th minute. Spurs place 4th after the result and the Magpies place 18th.
Manchester United 4-0 West Ham United
The Red Devils made a big statement on the opening fixture with a comfortable 4-0 win over West Ham United. Romelu Lukaku opened his league account for his new team after Rashford put him through in the 33rd minute.
The prolific Belgian scored his second of the game, heading one in from Mkhitaryan’s cross in the 52nd minute. Anthony Martial made an immediate impact off the bench, cooly finishing a great through pass from Mkhitaryan.
Paul Pogba then curled one in to end the match as a contest in the 90th minute. United move to the summit of the table and the Hammers move to the bottom of the log.