The Premier League returned with a bang this weekend. New boys, old faces and 27 goals welcomed the start of the new season. This is how the first round of fixtures panned out.
Liverpool 4, Norwich 1
Attention turned to Anfield for the curtain-raiser of this Premier League season. The European Champions did more than deliver, especially in an emphatic first-half performance that saw the Reds run out to a 4-0 lead.
A suspected torn calf to Alisson Becker overshadowed a largely excellent Liverpool performance. The Brazilian goalkeeper looks set to miss up to eight weeks to begin the season.
Norwich gave a good account of themselves, working their way back into the contest in the second half, including a debut goal from Teemu Pukki.
The win put Liverpool on top of the Premier League to start the season. For about 14 hours at least.
West Ham 0, Man City 5
The defending champions opened their Premier League campaign in perfect fashion.
West Ham didn’t go down easily, contrary to the scoreline, the Hammers provided decent competition for the most part, with three of City’s goals coming the closing 15 minutes.
Raheem Sterling netted himself a hat-trick, an impressive performance from the player that some think should have won last year’s player of the year award.
Bournemouth 1, Sheffield United 1
Sheffield United opened their first Premier League season since 06/07 with a very decent point away from home at Bournemouth.
Many have United nailed on to finish bottom of the table this season, it will take an immense team effort and hopefully more goals from goalscorer Billy Sharp to keep the Blades in the top flight.
Burnley 3, Southampton 0
Erik Pieters to Ashley Barnes… goal. Rinse and repeat. That was the winning combination for Burnley as the two combined for two of Burnley’s three goals.
Southampton looked poor in defeat and could be in for a struggle this season.
Crystal Palace 0, Everton 0 (Schneiderlin sent off 76′)
Doesn’t matter. They won the transfer window. Right?
Watford 0, Brighton 3
New signing Neal Maupay got on the scoresheet in his Premier League debut for Brighton in what was a very impressive win for the Seagulls.
The former Brentford man could be integral to Brighton’s season and it was certainly a very promising start.
Spurs 3, Aston Villa 1
One of these teams have won the European Cup.
It started so promisingly for Villa. The Villains, on their return to the Premier League, were more than up for the game at the new White Hart Lane.
John McGinn opened the scoring and everyone on Twitter expectedly imploded.
It wasn’t to be for Villa, however, as a Harry Kane brace brought Tottenham back from the brink of embarrassment.
Newcastle 0, Arsenal 1
Arsenal needed the real-life Spider-man to get past Newcastle but three points will be worth more than any quip to Arsenal fans.
The Gunners are expected to make strides this season following significant investment this past summer.
Both Nicolas Pepe and Dani Ceballos made debuts this past Sunday, neither really having a statement performance in the combined 45 minutes they played.
Leicester 0, Wolves 0
Not really much to say here other than it was a well-fought stalemate between two clubs with very similar ambitions this season.
Man United 4, Chelsea 0
Frank Lampard’s competitive managerial debut was bound to cause conversation no matter the result. Even more so now that it has ended as atrociously as this.
To be fair to Lampard’s side, for 60 minutes they were probably the better team. However, where it counted, they weren’t. United got ahead through a Marcus Rashford penalty. Then Chelsea bossed the remainder of the first half and the beginning of the second.
After the second goal was when the floodgates opened for United. Martial adding the second before two minutes later, Rashford secured his brace.
The scoring was rounded out by Daniel James scoring his first goal for Manchester United following his move from Swansea City in the summer.
An eventful week to start the season. More of the same next week please, Premier League.