Premier League Match-day 1 review
This weekend ushered in the 2020-21 Premier League season with 16 teams jostle for points in eight match-day 1 fixtures.
Both Manchester teams were given extra time off due to their extended participation in European competitions.
As a result, Burnley and Aston Villa were missing in match-day one action.
Gunners claim all 3 points at Craven Cottage.
Arsenal got off to a flying start with a 3-0 win over Fulham – Lacazette gave the Gunners the lead just eight minutes into the game.
Gabriel Magalhães’ header doubled Arsenal’s lead before captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rounded off scoring at Craven Cottage.
Arteta’s new signing Willian was the star of the show. He was heavily involved in the first goal and assisted the other two as Arsenal powered their way to the top of the Premier League.
Eagles topple Saints
Wilfred Zaha’s first half strike was enough to give Crystal Palace their first three points of the season.
Southampton offered a lot of threat going forward but the couldn’t get on the score sheet.
Liverpool win 7-goal thriller against Leeds United.
Three goals from Mohammed Salah and another from Virgil Van Dijk helped Liverpool to a 4-3 win over Marcelo Bielsa’s team.
The encounter is by far the most exciting game of this round.
Leeds will feel like they could have gotten more from the game if they had defended better.
It was their first Premier League game in over a decade but they showed promise and maybe glimpses of what is to come from them.
They left Anfield with more possession and scored from every shot on target they had but they also gave away two penalties which hampered their chances of getting something from the game.
Newcastle get the better of West Ham
Steve Bruce’s men heaped more pressure on David Moyes with a 2-0 win over the Hammers.
New signing Jeff Hendrick provided an assist for Wilson to give Newcastle the lead in the 57th minute.
Hendrick got himself on the score sheet later on to seal an opening day victory for the away side.
Leicester City defeat West Brom
Timothy Castagne’s debut goal and Jamie Vardy’s double helped Leicester City to a 3nil victory away at the Hawthorns.
West Brom put in a decent shift in the first half but couldn’t keep up with the rhythm after the break.
Praet’s cross found Castagne who opened scoring 11 minutes into the second half.
In the 74th minute, Jamie Vardy won and scored his first goal of the season – sending Sam Johnstone the wrong way to make it 2nil for the Foxes.
Vardy then matched Salah’s goal tally from the penalty spot this term as he converted his second penalty of the game in the 84th minute.
Leicester ran away 3nil winners and sit joint-top of the Premier League with Arsenal after match-day 1.
Everton edge Spurs
Carlo Ancelotti guided Everton to a 1-0 victory over Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham.
It was an end-to-end affair early on in the game until Everton’s revitalised midfield of Allan, Doucouré and Andre Gomes stamped their authority on the game.
James Rodriguez showed his quality every time he got on the ball but it was Richarlison who came closest to scoring in the first half.
The Brazilian rounded Hugo Lloris in goal for Spurs but couldn’t keep his shot down.
Jose Mourinho introduced Sissoko for Dele Alli but it didn’t seem to change the flow of the game.
Everton got a well deserved goal off a set-piece early on in the second half – as they grabbed maximum points against Tottenham.
Lucas Digne struck a good free kick that was met by the head of Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the 55th minute.
Mourinho made more changes as his Spurs tried get back in the game but it was not be as they start their 2020-21 campaign with a defeat.
Still to come tomorrow
Sheffield United vs Wolves (18:00)
Brighton vs Chelsea (21:00)