2019-20 Premier League: Week One Roundup

This weekend saw the 2019-20 Premier League season get underway as last season’s top two returned with a bang.

Liverpool kicked the season off in style with a clinical 4-1 home victory over newly promoted Norwich on Friday night, which began with a seventh minute Grant Hanley own goal after he turned Divock Origi’s pass into his own net.

Salah then doubled Liverpool’s lead 12 minutes later after picking up a pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold and a quick one-two with Roberto Firmino, eventually slotting his shot in beyond a helpless Tim Krul.

Headers from Virgil van Dijk and Origi then completed a first-half rout as the Reds held on for a comfortable win, despite Teemu Pukki’s second half strike earning the Canaries a consolatory goal.

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Man City however were in fearsome form as they ran riot in a 5-0 win at West Ham to go top, through Raheem Sterling’s hat-trick plus goals from Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero although Jesus had his second goal disallowed after VAR spotted that Sterling’s shoulder was offside in the build-up. 

Last season’s Play-Off winners, Aston Villa begun life back in the top flight with a 3-1 defeat at Tottenham, as a debut goal from Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Kane’s brace saw Spurs come from behind to win after John McGinn had given Villa a ninth minute lead from Tyrone Mings’ cross. 

Sheffield United meanwhile struck late to deny Bournemouth all three points as Billy Sharp cancelled out Chris Mepham’s opener, earning the Blades their first point back in the Premier League after a 12 year absence as they were the only promoted team to avoid defeat this weekend.

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Across at Old Trafford, Frank Lampard received a rough welcome to the Premier League managerial circle as his Chelsea team were thrashed 4-0 by Manchester United. Marcus Ashford’s brace either side of an Anthony Martial tap in secured the win, before debutant, Daniel James added their fourth to put them second in the table. 

Newcastle began life after Rafa Benitez with a home defeat to Arsenal through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 58th minute winner, as he bundled in a scrappy shot from Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ cross.

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Elsewhere in a case of deja vu, Watford met Brighton at Vicarage Road on the opening weekend for the second consecutive season, although the Seagulls this time came out on top in a 3-0 win which saw Neal Maupay net on his debut for the visitors. 

Ashley Barnes inspired Burnley to a 3-0 home win over Southampton with his brace and a goal from Johann Berg Gudmundsson, in a reverse of last season’s opening weekend goalless clash at St Marys.

Finally, Crystal Palace and Leicester secured a share of the spills after playing out goalless home draws against Everton and Wolves respectively.

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