The new season of the Premier League has already provided enough thrills and spills in its first match-day as England’s top tier football league announced itself in great fashion at the weekend. The likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool managed to get victories on the first day and were off to a great start to their campaign while other teams showed what they are capable of in the new season. Now that the first weekend of Premier League football is done and dusted, lets take a look at 10 talking points from the weekend:
First Premier League champions to lose on opening day:
Leicester City made history at the end of the previous season lifting their maiden Premier League trophy and have continued making history in the new season. They fell to a 2-1 defeat at the KC Stadium against newly promoted Hull City and were off to a disastrous start to their title defense.
An own-goal gives Guardiola a perfect start:
Sunderland’s efforts at the Etihad to keep Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City team at bay were crashed in the 87th minute when Manchester United loanee Paddy McNair put one past his own net on Saturday. Sergio Aguero and Jermaine Defoe were on target on the night as City managed to steal all three points from the game.
Negredo wins Boro a point:
Though it took a sublime effort from Swizz international Xherdan Shaqiri to give Stoke a point from the trip to Riverside stadium, Alvaro Negredo, the summer signing from Karanka gave the hosts the lead in the 11th minute. Both teams were not at their best but the Boro manager will take heart from the start to his Premier League campaign.
Redmond stars for Soton and rescues a point:
The former Norwich winger was in sublime form in the game against Watford where he was involved in almost every exciting move from the Saints. Etienne Capou gave Watford an early lead but Redmond was bound to score as he was brimming with confidence and helped his side to a point in the first game of the new season.
Swansea steal three crucial points:
Though it is still very early in the season, Swansea City will be delighted to have started the new Premier League campaign with a victory. Playing newly promoted Burnely at the Turf Moor, Swansea needed a late strike from Leroy Fer to decide the game as they walked away with all three points from the first game of the season.
Zlatan scores on his EPL debut:
The Swede has a peculiar record of scoring goals on his debut for most of the top clubs around Europe. He managed to score for United on his debut in a friendly and backed it up with a stunner from outside the penalty area to give Manchester United a much deserves 3-1 victory over the Cherries in the first game of the season.
Palace pay for complacency:
Playing the Baggies on their home turf in the first game of the season, Pardew’s men were expected to get a result from the game but failed to provide any kind of threat with the ball in the final third. Salomon Rondon fired the visitors in front in the 75th minutes which was enough for West Brom to run away with all three points.
The Emirates falls to the Anfield beat:
Liverpool managed to humiliate Arsenal in the opening day at the Emirates as they put 4 past a hapless Arsenal side with Phillipe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane all finding the back of the net. Though the Gunners scored three goals in the game, they were far from convincing and will need to improve considerably to have a shot at silverware this season. Liverpool were off to a dream start to their campaign.
Erik Lamela denies the Toffees a perfect star:
Ronald Koeman’s side were off to a great start in their first Premier League game this campaign as Ross Barkley gave Everton a lead in the 5th minute of the game. They stayed strong for most parts of the game but Lamela managed to thump a header past Maarten Stekelenburg to rescue a points for the Spurs.
Diego Cost finds more haters:
The first London derby of the season saw Chelsea steal all three points thanks to a goal from Diego Costa in the last minute of the game. However, the Blues striker was marred by controversy for his tackle on Adrian which should have seen him sent off. That horrible tackle, for some odd reason, was not acknowledged by the referee as Costa managed to escape punishment and went on to score the winner leaving West Ham with nothing to show for their efforts at the Bridge.