Chelsea v West Ham United - Premier League

The English Premier League has begun!!!

And the opening round of games have been thrilling as they come.

Matches spread over the weekend, with the last game of match day 1 ending on Monday night.

Here are the results from all the 10 games:

Hull 2 – Leicester 1

Burnley 0 – Swansea 1

Crystal Palace 0 – West Brom 1

Everton 1 – Spurs 1

Middlesbrough 1 – Stoke 1

Southampton 1 – Watford 1

Man City 2 – Sunderland 1

Bournemouth 1 – Man Utd 3

Arsenal 3 – Liverpool 4

Chelsea 2 – West Ham 1

On Saturday as the new season took off, Leicester City put the wrong foot forward as their title defence ambitions started with a shocking loss against newly promoted Hull City.

Come what it may, the result only laid emphasis on the dynamics and unpredictability of the top flight league, and much surprises are still in store for the remainder of the term. All eyes will be on the defending champions this term, but despite losing their opener, they would still get back on their feet.

The pick for the opening day’s fixtures was definitely the Everton – Tottenham game, and both sides continued from where they stopped last season by playing out a draw, making it a stalemate in as many league outings between the 2.

It was a positive result for both sides even though Tottenham would have loved to hit the ground running after finishing in 3rd place last season.

Everton look to be picking up steam under new manager, Ronald Koeman, and they should put up a stellar campaign this season.

Guardiola started life in the Etihad dugout with a win over a tough Sunderland side. And as he continues to mould his squad for a keen title challenge, we might have seen the first casualty in Joe Hart.

The England shotstopper found himself on the bench with Willy Caballero mounting the goal for Pep. A thick cloud seems to be hanging over Hart’s future at City with the new sheriff in town hoping to land a keeper who fits his playing style. And that would likely be Barcelona’s Claudio Bravo.

The club management wants to remain 100% supportive of their new man-in-charge, and it’s understandable given how city rivals, United have equipped Jose with all he needs to clinch the title.

That was evident in the Red Devils win over Bournemouth on Sunday. Goals from Mata, Rooney and Zlatan, who has always scored on his debuts with his new clubs helped sealed a comfortable victory for Mourinho. The flying start definitely will come handy for the supporters and club after years of toil following Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure.

While the Manchester clubs are still being touted with having the highest chances of earning the top 2 stops due to their activities in the summer transfer market, Arsenal’s chances of ever winning the title since 12 years ago continue to look dim.

The Gunners fielded a depleted side against Liverpool and Wenger could only watch his side lose helplessly. Once again, not willing to spend the cash will be damaging to Arsenal’s title ambitions this term.

However, the Reds proved why they might be the team to beat this season after an eclectic showing at the Emirates.

On Monday evening, Chelsea’s Antonio Conte was perhaps the happiest man on earth after seeing his side grab a late goal to edge West Ham out at Stamford Bridge. Hazard was particularly the main man for the Blues, and his form will have a say in how they end up this term.

West Ham on the other hand looked lost and almost salvaged a point after Collins drew level with less than 15 minutes to go. A draw wouldn’t have been deserving given how they lacked cohesion on the pitch. Bilic’s boys will have to do better if they are finish higher on the log this season.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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