So the Premier league has kicked off with a bang. Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea were all in action.
Arsenal 0 - 0 Sunderland
Firstly i will start with Arsenal, Arsenal last season scored 74 goals but 41% of them were from there old number 10 Robin Van Persie. Arsenal started with a 4-3-3 formation with new signings Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski starting but their other new signing Olivier Giroud was on the bench. Arsenal missed their flying Dutchman “RVP” after the game ended 0-0 and it was a new record for the Gunners after they had 23 shots without scoring, the last time this happened was against West Ham in 2007. But Sunderland would have been happy with a draw after they defended so well, Sunderland’s goalkeeper Simon Mignolet put in a Man of the Match performance. Arsenal had 52% possession to sunderland’s 48%.
West Brom 3 - Liverpool 0
Liverpool kicked off their campaign against West Brom at the Hawthorns and it was one to forget for new manager Brendan Rogers after they staggered to a 3-0 defeat. West Brom played superbly through-out the game and capitalised on Liverpool’s mistakes. Liverpool are the first team to have a person sent off in consecutive seasons with Joe Cole getting a red against Arsenal last season and Daniel Agger this season. But this is West Brom’s biggest win on an opening day in the clubs history in the Premier league as for Liverpool it is their worst defeat on an opening in the clubs history! Liverpool dominated possession with 55% to West Broms 45% but this shows that its not all about possession. West Broms goals came from Zoltan Gera, Peter Odemwingie and on loan striker Romelu Lukaku.
Wigan 0 - Chelsea 2
Chelsea came to the DW with an astonishing record of not losing an opening day game since 1998 and in that time they have won 14 and drawn 2. Chelsea scored 2 goals in the opening 10 minutes, one from Branislav Ivanovic after an incredible bit of play by Chelsea’s new £32 million man Eden Hazard. Hazard had another big part in Chelsea’s second after he was taken down by Wigan’s Ivan Ramis and Frank Lampard converted from the spot, Frank Lampard has now scored in 16 consecutive seasons. Chelsea had just six shots, their fewest in a PL game since September 2007. Wigan played well and created some very good chances but much of the speculation was the future of Wigan’s Victor Moses as he has been strongly linked to Chelsea all summer. Chelsea had 56% of possession to Wigan’s 44%.
Manchester City 3 - Southampton 2
Southampton had one of their hardest tests for an opening day but they did make Manchester City work. Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 30 home games, winning 28 and have drawn 2. Southampton scored both their goals from their 2 shots on target. The reigning champions City have never lost an opening game either but they nearly did this time. Carlos Tevez put City in front on 40 minutes but Southampton came back to lead 2-1 with goals from Rickie Lambert and Steven Davies. Eden Dzeko came on to level it up 2-2 with 20 minutes to go but Samir Nasri confirmed Manchester City’s win after he tucked the ball away in the 80th minute to give City a 3-2 win but Southampton have nothing to be ashamed of, they played a very courageous game throughout and I’m sure they will have a great season. Manchester City dominated possession with 65% to Southampton’s 35%.
Fulham 5 - Norwich 0
QPR 0 - Swansea 5
Newcastle 2 - Spurs 1
West Ham 1 - Aston Villa 0
Reading 1 - Stoke 1
Everton 1-0 Manchester United