Done By : Bhavdeep Singh
The Premier League kicked off on Saturday and much like every other opening weekend, promised entertainment. Almost all teams went through a lot of changes, new managers, new players and new eras. With some of the top managers in the world now managing Premier League teams, it would indeed be interesting to see who comes out as the winner at the end of it all.
Here is a recap of the matches of the first week.
Hull City 2-1 Leicester City
Last years’ champions, Leicester City kicked off the 16/17 season, but it didn’t go their way after suffering a defeat to newly promoted Hull City. Goals from Diomande and Snodgrass were enough to overcome the threat of a considerably mum Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.
Crystal Palace 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
A prediction for this game is always a tough call and it showed exactly why that is so. After a closely contested match, Solomon Rondon scored a fantastic goal to allow West Brom to go home with all 3 points
Everton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspurs
It ended all square at Goodison Park after a tricky free kick by Ross Barkley was cancelled out by a stunning header by Erik Lamela. The match was quite closely contested as the Ronald Koeman era began at Goodison park, while his team dominated the first half, Mauricio’s Spurs’ second half performance was out of this world.
Burnley 0-1 Swansea
This one was another closely contested match which didn’t end well for the hosts. Newly promoted Burnley gave quite a fight up against Swansea, but it all went down the drain after Leroy Fer’s 82nd minute goal. A promising start by the Clarets nonetheless.
Middlesbrough 1-1 Stoke City
Another newly promoted club, another fantastic performance. Middlesbrough’s efforts in the transfer window bore fruit after new signing Alvaro Negredo scored on his Premier Legaue return, but a brilliant freekick by none other than Xerdan Shaqiri allowed the Potters to return home with a point.
Manchester City 2-1 Sunderland
A game that should’ve gone down as an instant win for Manchester City, did not quite take place that easily for them. An early Aguero penalty was equalised by the Black Cats’ main man, Jermain Defoe but a late own goal by new signing Paddy McNair allowed Pep Guardiola’s first match as City boss to be a success.
Bournemouth 1-3 Manchester United
The Jose Mourinho era began at Manchester United with the only two goal win in the game week. Goals from Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and the star man, Zlatan Ibrahimovic allowed the Red Devils to win the match despite a late goal by the Cherries. This win put Manchester United at the top of the table for the week.
Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool
The gunners clashed against Liverpool in a seven goal thriller on Sunday night. After a good first half performance, Arsenal were confident of a win despite the score being level after Coutinho’s fantastic free kick nullified Walcott’s penalty miss atonement, but Liverpool had other plans. As soon as the second half began, Adam Lallana scored another goal for the Reds, followed by Coutinho again and Mane. Arsenal tried to make a come back after Alex Oxelade Chamberlain scored a good goal and Santi Carzola assisted a Campbell header, but a final goal wasn’t scored by the gunners, much to the delight of Jurgen Klopp and his men.
Chelsea 2-1 West Ham
It was all smiles for Antonio Conte as he too started his campaign with a win. A goal from the spot opened Eden Hazard’s account much earlier than it did last season, and a Collins equaliser was shown the door after a late strike by Diego Costsa. Side effects of not starting Payet?
Game week 1 offered some great entertainment as football returned, the following are the fixtures for Game week 2 (in IST), which have a lot to live up to
Images : BBC Sport, The Guardian, The Independent, Sky Sports