The English Premier League kicked off to a flying start with Arsenal deleting the heartbreak of a 2-0 loss to Brentford in the 2021-22 season with a repeat of the same scoreline but this time in the driving seat with a spirited 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in Friday’s EPL season opener with Gabriel Martinelli and an own goal by Marc Guehi enough to seal victory.
Saturday Ushered in more games as Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw by new boys Fulham with last season’s Championship Goal Scoring Maestro Aleksandar Mitrovic picking off from where he left off with a double over Jurgen Klopp’s boys as Mohamed Salah and new boy Darwin Nunez grabbing the other goals.
AFC Bournemouth marked thier return to top flight football with a comprehensive 2-0 win over Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa courtesy Jefferson Lerma and Welsh International Kieffer Moore goals. Leeds United started a Raphinha less season with a good performance coming from behind to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 at Elland Road in a great show of attacking football, despite being on the back foot as early as the 6th minute by Daniel Podence, Former Valencia Man Rodrigo Moreno levelled thing up and a Rayan Ait Nouri own goal ensured Leeds United stood supreme.
Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea bossed their respective games over Nottingham Forest, Southampton and Everton with 2-0, 4-1 and 1-0 wins to kick start thier campaigns. Fabian Schar and Callum Wilson got the goals for Newcastle United ahead of their cleansheet, An early James Ward Prowse goal put Southampton ahead but the attacking brilliance of Tottenham Hotspur saw Ryan Sessegnon, Dejan Kulusevski, Eric Dier and a Mohammed Salisu own goal put the game beyond any reasonable doubt. Chelsea needed a last minute first half penalty through Jorginho to give the game’s only goal and ensure ‘The Blues’ maintained a clean sheet.
Sunday brought in a new wave of content with three matches played on the day. Leicester City would rue their abysmal display bottling a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Brentford at the King Power Stadium, Timothy Castagne and Kieran Dewsbury-Hall shot ‘The Foxes’ to a 2-0 lead but goals by Ivan Toney and Josh DaSilva ensured both teams shared the spoils as ‘The Bees’ started the season with a well earned point. Sunday’s main attraction was the first game for Erik Ten Hag’s Manchester United as they traveled to the Amex Stadium with most of the fans expectant of a good beginning to the start of the season and it ended in disappointing fashion as Manchester United fell 2-1 on the day with a double from Pascal Gross ensuring an own goal from Alexis Mac Allister was only a consolation. The other side of Manchester saw a routine victory for Pep Guardiola’s men as they beat West Ham United 2-0 courtesy of an Erling Braut Haaland double as the first round of Matchday 1 fixtures came to a halt.
Total Goals Scored – 28 Goals
Total Yellow Cards – 30 Yellow Cards
Total Red Cards – 0 Red Cards
Most goals scored by a team – 4 (Tottenham Hotspur)
Most goals scored by a player – Pascal Gross (Brighton and Hove Albion), Erling Haaland (Manchester City), Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) – 2 goals each
Matchday 2 starts off this weekend with some mouth watering fixtures and we all can’t wait to embark on yet another thrilling dose of EPL football.
🖋 – RIDDLER ZLATAN-HARDIZ 👽