Premier League 2018/19: Saturday Round-Up – Tottenham-Chelsea Find Success
The opening Saturday of the Premier League 2018/19 (PL) saw the big teams grabbing a comfortable win while the promoted clubs had to settle with either a defeat or a point.
Chelsea and Tottenham grabbed victory in their opening game while the promoted teams struggled.
Chelsea vs Huddersfield Town
Chelsea’s first game under Maurizio Sarri finished with a comfortable 3-0 victory against Huddersfield Town. Goals from N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Pedro, gave the Blues a comfortable away win.
Along with the manager, Jorginho and the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga who joined last week for $92 million also made his debut for Chelsea.
However, Huddersfield struggled to test Kepa in his first outing, and the goalkeeper earned a clean sheet in his debut game. After taking some time to adapt to Sarri’s tactics in the first half, Chelsea completely dominated the game in the second one to seal all three points.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United
Dele Alli’s goal scoring form in the Premier League continues, as Spurs are off to a winning start after beating Newcastle 2-1 at St James’ Park. After Jan Vertonghen scored a goal in the 8th minute of the game, it took no time for Newcastle to equalise. Joselu’s 11th-minute header brought the home side back into the game.
However, it was only for a few minutes. The third goal from a header came in the 18th minute when Dele Alli scored from Aurier’s cross. After three goals, many would have expected for a goal fest in the second half. But the scores remained the same, and Spurs headed home with a crucial win.
FC Bournemouth vs Cardiff City
Bournemouth started their Premier League 2018/19 campaign with a 2-0 win over Cardiff City. Goals from Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson were enough to secure the win.
Wilson had an earlier chance to put the result beyond doubt before half-time. However, his penalty was saved well by Neil Etheridge.
With that save, the goalkeeper became the first player to avoid a penalty on his Premier League debut since Allan McGregor for Hull City in August 2013.
Watford vs Brighton
It was a clean win for Watford against Brighton courtesy of Roberto Pereyra’s extraordinary performance. The forward scored a brace including a sublime volley.
Pereyra opened the scoring in the 35th minute with the one moment of genuine quality in first half, and he doubled the lead in the second half. Pereyra curled a right-footed shot beyond Ryan and sealed all three points for Watford.
Everton vs Wolves
After making three signings on the deadline day of the 2018 summer transfer window, all eyes were on Everton in their opening game. However, they had to settle for a draw, as Wolves gave a tough fight against the Toffees.
Raul Jimenez’s debut goal at the 80th minute earned a point for the Wolves.
Earlier, Everton twice led through goals from Richarlison. But they had to go back home with a point in the end.
Fulham vs Crystal Palace
Jeffrey Schlupp and Wilfried Zaha secured all three points for Crystal Palace, as they earned a comfortable 2-0 victory over Fulham.
Fulham controlled many parts of the game, but Schupp broke the deadlock at the 41st minute of the game. When Fulham was looking to level the contest, Zaha scored a goal at the 80th minute to end all hopes for the promoted side.
This was Fulham’s first Premier League campaign since 2013-14 which began with a defeat.
Saif Ahmed Chowdhury
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