• The English Premier League (EPL) 2017/18 season has just begun. The opening week of the season was full of entertainment and thrill. There was also some shocker in the on-field performances.

    Total 31 goals were scored during the opening week. Some of the matches were high scoring game including the season opener between Arsenal and Leicester City.

    Here we are presenting the week 1 round-up of 2017/18 EPL.

     

    Arsenal survived in the season opener with late strikes

    Arsenal 4 (Alexandre Lacazette 2′, Danny Welbeck 45’+2′, Aaron Ramsey 83′, Olivier Giroud 85’) – Leicester City 3 (Shinji Okazaki 5′, Jamie Vardy 29′ & 56′)

    The EPL 2017/18 began in a thrilling way at Emirates Stadium. The season’s opening goal came in only 94 seconds with a header from Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette. Soon Shinji Okazaki levelled the scoreline before Jamie Verdy produced a 2-1 lead for The Foxes just before the half an hour mark.

    Welbeck equalised the scoreline for the hosts with an easy finish in the injury time of the first half.

    On just 11 minutes of the second half, Verdy once again brought the leading goal for the 2015/16 EPL winners with a superb header from the following corner.

    Ramsey and Giroud scored two back-to-back late goals through which Arsenal secured their three points.

     

    Watford snatched a point from Liverpool with an injury time goal

    Watford 3 (Stefano Okaka 8’, Abdoulaye Doucoure 32’, Miguel Britos 90’+3’) – Liverpool 3 (Sadio Mane 29’, Roberto Firminho 55’ pen, Mohammed Salah 57’)

    Liverpool had a disappointing start of EPL 2017/18. Stefano Okaka brought an early lead for Watford through a header. After a great team work, Sadio Mane equalized the scoreline for Liverpool in the 29th minute. However, hosts Watford regained their lead in just 3 minutes later through Doucoure’s finish after a defensive error from The Red.

    On the 10 minutes of the second half, Firminho equalled the scoreline by 2-2 after converting a penalty. Just 2 minutes later, Mohammed Salah scored the leading goal for the visitors.

    When it was looking like Liverpool would finally manage to earn the three points from the game, another defensive error cost them heavily. As a result, Britos succeeded to send the ball into the net in the injury time of the game.

     

    Burnley stunned defending champion

    Chelsea 2 (Alvaro Morata 69’, David Luiz 88’) – Burnley 3 (Sam Vokes 24’ & 43’, Stephen Ward 39’)

    Defending champion Chelsea had a disastrous beginning in EPL 2017/18. 9-man Chelsea had suffered a shocking 2-3 defeat against Burnley at Stamford Bridge.

    Chelsea’s defender Gary Cahill was directly shown a red card in just 14 minutes after he made a horrific tackle. Against the 10-man Chelsea team, Burnley went 3-0 up before the end of the first half. Despite cancelling Sam Vokes’ first goal due to offside, he scored two more goals while Stephen Ward was the other goal scorer for the visitors.

    In the second half, Chelsea tried hard to make an extraordinary comeback in the match. On 69 minutes, Willian produced a great cross in the box which was successfully netted by the new signing Alvaro Morata.

    A few minutes later, Chelsea’s another goal was ruled out for an offside. The situation went worst for Chelsea on 81 minutes when midfielder Cesc Fabregas was sent off after receiving the second yellow card. Earlier in the 16 minutes of the match, Fabregas had been received his first yellow card of the game.

    David Luiz scored the second goal for Chelsea in the 88th minute but that was not enough for the defending champions.

     

    Huddersfield Town beat Crystal Palace on their Premier League debut

    Crystal Palace 0 – Huddersfield Town 3 (Joel Ward 23’ OG, Steve Mounie 26’ & 78’)

    Huddersfield Town made memorable on their Premier League debut after beating the hosts Crystal Palace by 3-0.  Huddersfield’s first Premier League goal came from an own goal by Joel Ward in 23rd minutes. Steve Mounie scored the next two goals on 26 and 78 minutes respectively. In overall, it was very impressive performances from the Huddersfield Town.

     

    Rooney scored a solitary winning goal on his Everton comeback

    Everton 1 (Wayne Rooney 45’+1’) – Stoke City 0

    Former Manchester United star Wayne Rooney made a memorable comeback for his first Premier League side Everton. After making a return to Everton in 4837 days later, Rooney scored the only goal of the match in the injury time of the first half.

     

    Swansea City was held a goalless draw against the hosts Southampton 

    Southampton 0 – 0 Swansea City

    Southampton and Swansea City earned one point each in their season opener after the clash ended in a goalless draw. Hosts Southampton dominated over the visitors widely but there were rarely shots on target.

     

    Albion’s new centre-back produced three points in their opening game

    West Bromwich Albion 1 (Ahmed Hegazi 31’) – AFC Bournemouth 0

    West Bromwich Albion won their opening game of the season through the only goal from their new signing Ahmed Hegazi. The Egyptian defender joined the Premier League club on full-season loan from El Ahly SC.

    Bournemouth dominated in the ball positions but the host team Albion was very positive in the final third attacks. Hegazi scored the only goal of the match through a header just the clock crossed half-an-hour mark.

     

    Manchester City began with a comfortable 2-0 victory

    Brighton & Hove Albion 0 – Manchester City 2 (Sergio Aguero 70’, Lewis Dunk 75’ OG)

    Manchester City struck twice on Brighton & Hove Albion’s Premier League debut at Falmer Stadium.

    The first half was ended a goalless draw. Sergio Aguero scored the opening goal for Manchester City on 70 minutes. 5 minutes later, City extended their lead to 2-0 through an own goal from The Seagulls’ vice-captain Lewis Dunk.

     

    Tottenham struck twice on Newcastle’s Premier League return

    Newcastle United 0 – Tottenham Hotspur 2 (Dele Alli 61’, Ben Davies 70’)

    Previous season’s runners-up Tottenham welcomed Newcastle in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory. Newcastle down to 10-man on their Premier League return match at their home ground (St James’ Park) after John Shelvey was handed a direct red card at the beginning of the second half (48’) for an unnecessary violent conduct. It was the main turning point of the match as Tottenham got the upper hand of the game from that mistake.

    Dele Ali scored the first goal for Tottenham in the 61st minute after he converted Christian Erikson’s cross from the close range. Less than 10 minutes later, Ben Davies stretched the lead to 2-0 after a great team work.

     

    Manchester United hammered West Ham with Lukaku’s double

    Manchester United 4 (Romelu Lukaku 33’ & 52’, Anthony Martial 87’, Paul Pogba 90’) – West Ham United 0

    The latest UEFA Europa League champions Manchester United started their new EPL campaign with a 4-0 victory against West Ham United at the Old Trafford. New signing Romelu Lukaku hit twice while Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba struck once each in the late moments. The Red Devils totally ruled on the pitch, as a result, the visitors were looking helpless on the field.

     

    • Points Table at the end of week 1
    Position Team Played Won Drawn Lost Goal For Goal Against Goal Difference Points
    1 Manchester United 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 3
    2 Huddersfield Town 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3
    3 Manchester City 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
    4 Tottenham Hotspur 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
    5 Arsenal 1 1 0 0 4 3 +1 3
    6 Burnley 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 3
    7 Everton 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
    8 West Bromwich Albion 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
    9 Liverpool 1 0 1 0 3 3 0 1
    10 Watford 1 0 1 0 3 3 0 1
    11 Southampton 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    12 Swansea City 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    13 Leicester City 1 0 0 1 3 4 −1 0
    14 Chelsea 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1 0
    15 AFC Bournemouth 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0
    16 Stoke City 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0
    17 Brighton & Hove Albion 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0
    18 Newcastle United 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0
    19 Crystal Palace 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 0
    20 West Ham United 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4 0

     

    • Key Week 1 Stats

    Arsenal vs Leicester City: It was the only sixth times when 7 goals were scored in an opening match-day game of a Premier League season. (There are no such instances where more than seven goals were scored in an opening match-day game of a Premier League season)

     

    Chelsea vs Burnley: Chelsea is the only second defending Premier League champions to lose their opening encounter of the following season. (Leicester City was the first team which happened in the previous season)

     

    Crystal Palace vs Huddersfield: Since Blackpool beat Wigan Athletic (by 4-0) on their debutant premier league match in 2010/11 season, Huddersfield became the first side to win on their Premier League debut.

     

    Everton vs Stoke City: Wayne Rooney set two new Premier League records on his Everton-return.

    i) Rooney made a premier league appearance for Everton after 4,837 days long gap which is the longest gap between two consecutive appearances for the same Premier League team

    ii) Rooney scored a Premier League goal for Everton after 4,869 days long gap which is the longest gap between two consecutive goals for the same Premier League team.

     

    Manchester United vs West Ham United: Manchester United (17 matches) has won most matches in the season opening game of the Premier League history.  

    In the meantime, West Ham United (11 matches) has lost most matches in the season opening game of the Premier League history.

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