Hi everyone! Welcome to the first Premier League Weekly of the 2017/18 season. This is the series where, just like last year, I give you match reviews of all of each gameweek’s matches as well as announcing my Team of the Week! Enjoy!
Arsenal 4-3 Leicester
The season got off to a flying start as last season’s 5th placed team Arsenal won a rollercoaster of a match in dramatic style in the last ten minutes at the Emirates. The Gunners took the lead after only 94 seconds through Alexandre Lacazette’s header to mark his debut in style. However, things got a little crazy when Shinji Okazaki scored a header from a Harry Maguire headed cross to equalise. Then, 24 minutes later, Leicester took the lead when Vardy tucked away a cross(a recurring theme of the match). Danny Welbeck equalised in added time of the first half, but Vardy headed the Foxes ahead again in the 56th minute. Then, in the 80th minute, one last throw of the dice from Wenger. He brought on Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud. Miraculously, both of them scored to give Arsenal a wonderful victory.
Watford 3-3 Liverpool
In a game almost as crazy as the season’s opener, Watford scored a last minute equaliser to get a deserved point against Liverpool at Vicarage Road. Stefano Okaka put the Hornets in front on 8 minutes, but 21 minutes later Sadio Mane made it 1-1 with a beautifully curled finish into the top corner. Only 3 minutes later Watford shocked the visitors again though, with Doucoure scoring a tap in to restore their lead. However, in the second half normal service was resumed, as within 12 minutes Liverpool were ahead, with Firmino and Salah getting onto the score sheet. With seconds remaining they still led, but in the 94th minute, Miguel Britos brilliantly scrambled the ball over the line(if such a thing is possible) to earn a very dramatic draw against one of the league’s best teams.
Chelsea 2-3 Burnley
Talking of shocks, the biggest one of the weekend may be the biggest one of the whole season after all of the 38 games are played! It came at Stamford Bridge, where Burnley who only got one win away from home last season defeated the Premier League Champions on their own patch. Burnley dominated the first half after Gary Cahill was sent off in the 14th minute, and scored through Sam Vokes, Stephen Ward and Vokes again. In the second half Chelsea staged a comeback, but it was too little too late as Alvaro Morata and David Luiz’s goals weren’t enough to get a draw. A phenomenal game and a phenomenal shock aswell.
Crystal Palace 0-3 Huddersfield
Premier League newboys Huddersfield produced yet another shock on the first day of the season. Very unfancied at the start of the season, the Yorkshire club played excellently at Selhurst Park, as their defence was solid and their Beninese striker who arrived from Monpellier, Steve Mounie, was amazing. They took the leads courtesy of a Joel Ward own goal in the 24th minute, but only 3 minutes later doubled their money with a headed goal from debutant Mounie. They showed signs of frailties in the second half, but absorbed all of the pressure and when the time was right counter-attacked to devastating effect. This culminated in Mounie’s second goal, a composed finish in the 78th minute to seal the game for good.
Everton 1-0 Stoke City
Wayne Rooney scored on his competitive return to his boyhood club to secure a victory for them against Stoke on the opening day of the season. A fairly dull game, it was lit up by Evertonian Rooney, with a bullet header in added time of the first half that went into the back of the net. The goal was what he had dreamed of for 13 years, ever since he left the Toffees in 2004 to join Manchester United. After this, Everton kept out a quite uninspiring Stoke side that looked devoid of creativity.
Southampton 0-0 Swansea
Swansea gained an undeserved point against a dominant Southampton at St Mary’s. Southampton had 27 shots in the game which was the most by any team in any of the Premier League matches last week. When the final whistle went and the Swans were confirmed to have the point, it must have felt like daylight robbery for the Saints’ fans.
West Brom 1-0 Bournemouth
West Brom got their season off to a typically solid start, with a comfortable win against Bournemouth at the Hawthorns. In the 31st minute they got the winning goal when their debutant Hegazy scored. And, would you believe it, the goal was a header from a set piece! Why do the Baggies always find defenders who can score headers? Bournemouth were poor on the day, but they could have easily got a draw when Benik Afobe missed a sitter in the second half.
Brighton 0-2 Man City
Manchester City managed to break through a stubborn Brighton defence to take an impressive victory to get their season off to a good start. The first half was fantastic for the Seagulls, with them keeping out the away side. Gabriel Jesus did put the ball into the back of the net, but it was correctly ruled out for a handball. In the second half City brought on Leroy Sane, who injected a new lease of pace into the team. Just after this, Kevin de Bruyne nicked the ball off a Brighton defender and fed it to Sergio Aguero who finished with aplomb in the 70th minute. Five minutes later Fernandinho crossed it to Gabriel Jesus, but Lewis Dunk met it first and nodded it into his own net for an own goal.
Newcastle 0-2 Tottenham
Tottenham got their season off to a good start away at Newcastle. The last time they were there they were beaten 5-1, so the Spurs fans were probably quite worried about their chances. However, in the 48th minute Jonjo Shelvey was sent off for stamping on Dele Alli. This stupid action deserved a red card and cost them a draw. In the 61st minute, Alli scored from a Christian Eriksen cross and then nine minutes later Ben Davies doubled the lead to seal the victory for them.
Man United 4-0 West Ham
Manchester United put in a dominant performance to top the league table after all of the games in the first round were played. They weren’t great in the first half, despite taking the lead in the 33rd minute through Romelu Lukaku. In the second half they pushed on, and scored three more goals, by debutant Lukaku, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba. Nemanja Matic was phenomenal in holding up the United defence, while also letting Paul Pogba roam forward in his more favoured attacking role.
Team of the Week
Here is my team of the week for Gameweek 1.
- Lukasz Fabianski
- Kyle Walker
- Phil Jones
- Eric Bailly
- Stephen Ward
- Nemanja Matic
- Paul Pogba
- Wayne Rooney
- Stefano Okaka
- Romelu Lukaku
- Steve Mounie