Premier League Review: Gameweek 1

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The Premier League campaign kicked off for the first time on August 7th, leaving fans across the world once again enthralled in the English league… We take a look at the roundup for the first set of fixtures.

 

Manchester United Vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Saturday, August 8th 2015

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Tottenham dominated the opening 30 minutes and should have taken the lead through an early Christian Eriksen chip over Romero. However, just before the end of the first half (22′) Kyle Walker scored an own goal to put the Red Devils in front. The goal came against the run of play as Bentaleb gave the ball away, only for Wayne Rooney to be disposed inside the box, and Kyle Walker unfortunately jabbed home the ball into his own net. During the second half, Manchester United turned the tables and dominated right until the final whistle, Spurs would hold on however as the game finished just 1-0.

 

Bournemouth Vs. Aston Villa

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

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Bournemouth began their first Premier League game in style. They were on the front foot for most of the first half but were not able to get the breakthrough they needed. Aston Villa ended up scoring in the second half through debutant Rudy Gestede (72′) which proved to be the only goal of the game. Tim Sherwood’s men were able to hold onto the result and get an away win on the first day of the season as the Villans won 1-0.

 

Everton Vs. Watford

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

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The blue side of Liverpool were looking to get their season off on the right foot as they hosted Watford on the opening day. Unfortunately for them it was Layun who did open the scoring with his right foot and gave Watford the 1-0 lead. Late into the second half Ross Barkley clawed one back for Everton with a right footed belter that hit the top corner. Inhale regained the lead for Watford in the 82nd minute as the visitors were looking to gain their first 3 points. Fortunately for Evertone, Kone scored the 4th and final goal in the 85th minute to see the match end 2-2.

 

Leicester Vs. Sunderland

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

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Leicester looked to open their campaign under their new boss with a victory, which they did in emphatic style. The side held a 3-0 lead at half time courtesy of Vardy (1) and Mahrez (2). Sunderland grabbed one back through Defoe in the 60th minute but Albrighton was quick to restore the 3 goal lead for Leicester. Sunderland added 1 more goal in the 71st minute through Fletcher but the black cats could not avoid defeat in the opening fixture.

 

Norwich Vs. Crystal Palace

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

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Haha opened the scoring for the eagles in the 39th minute, followed by Delaney again 10 minutes later in the 49th. Redmond gave the hosts hope as he struck home in the 69th minute, which lead to a tense closing 21 minutes. Frenchman Yohan Cabaye finished the game off for Palace in the 91st minutes as he scored his first goal in Palace colours. The game would end that way at 3-1 to Crystal palace.

 

Chelsea Vs. Swansea

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

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The Premier League Champions looked to keep their outstanding home record in tact by defeating Swansea. Unfortunately for Mourinho’s men, the game did not go to plan with goals from Oscar, Fernandez (OG), Ayew and Gomis ending the match at 2-2. Mourinho stole the headlines though as he had an argument with club doctor Eva Carneiro for treating Hazard and leaving Chelsea down to 9 men as Courtois was sent off. Media destruction or genuine argument? We’ll let you decide.

 

Arsenal Vs. West Ham

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

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Not the result that Arsenal wanted after they were looking to begin their title challenge. Wenger’s men fell 2-0 to West Ham at home courtesy of Kourate and Zayate. Many Arsenal fans pointed their finger and new goalkeeper Petr Cech but it really was a letdown from the whole side. Oh well, there’s always next week Gooners.

 

Newcastle Vs. Southampton

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

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This match saw the debuts of many promising Premier League talents, the fine academy of Southampton against the new boys of Newcastle. Ultimately, the sides could not be separated in a match that ended 2-2 with Pelle, Cisse, Wijnaldum and Long scoring. A promising display for McLaren’s men but the north-east fans still have a long way to go.

 

Stoke Vs. Liverpool

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

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Another wonder strike by the Brazilian wizard saw Liverpool take all the points late against Stoke. The Stoke side look promising this season, with new exciting additions comparing them to European champions Barcelona… While they may not be THAT good, they are improving. Unfortunately they did not improve enough as Coutinho earned Liverpool all 3 points with his marvelous strike.

 

West Brom Vs. Manchester City

Monday, August 10th, 2015

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A fine display by the Citizens earned them all 3 points away at West Brom. City dominated from the whistle and were rewarded in an emphatic 3-0 win. The display from Tony Pulis men was below par to say the least. Manchester City tore open the West Brom side and punished them accordingly as they look to push for the title again this season.

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