What a start for recently promoted, Huddersfield Town, as they beat Frank De Boer’s below par Crystal Palace, 3-0, in the first game of the season, with Steve Mounié bagging a brace on his debut. The Terriers, under David Wagner, could be the surprise team of this season, and they could cause some upsets against the big six.
However, Chelsea struggled in their first game against Burnley, as they had two players sent off in their 3-2 defeat at home. But the question is, are we reading too much into the opening weekend of the season? There is an underlying problem at Chelsea, with a lack of depth, as an enormous number of players have been sold or moved out on loan, which leaves them a massive hole, if there are injuries or suspensions to key players. But full credit for Burnley for getting the victory and a fantastic goal from left back Stephen Ward.
It was plain sailing for Manchester United, as they beat West Ham United, 4-0, as they reach the top of the table, with two goals from Belgian striker, Romelu Lukaku. The Red Devils were by far, the team of the week, as Nemanja Matić was also impressive. West Ham will want to forget their trip to Old Trafford, as they are at the foot of the table.
Rivals and title favourites, Manchester City got the job done against Brighton & Hove Albion, beating them 2-0, with the wing-backs impressing, and Sergio Agüero scoring, but it wasn’t a world-beating performance under Pep Guardiola, but they have improved. The Seagulls defended well in the first half, but could struggle this season, if important players such as Lewis Dunk, and Anthony Knockaert, and the new signings such as Davy Pröpper and goalkeeper, Matt Ryan will have to adjust quickly to stay up this season.
And Tottenham were comfortable in their 2-0 victory against Newcastle United, as Jonjo Shelvey was sent off, and debutant Kyle Walker-Peters (no relation to Kyle Walker) was awarded the Man of the Match. Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen played brilliantly, and Harry Kane had some great chances, but some improvements will need to be made, and they need to recruit. If they do sign Anthony Martial, that could give different options to Mauricio Pochettino’s eleven, as he can play out wide or in the middle. It does sound worrying that they haven’t signed anyone.
Arsenal scraped to a Friday Night 4-3 over Leicester City, as Lacazette scored on his debut, and fellow French striker, Olivier Giroud scored the winner. They will get games where the score will not go their way, if they don’t make changes. Three important defenders were missing in that game, in Mustafi, Koscielney, and Mertesacker.
Liverpool dropped two points against Watford as they conceded a late equaliser from Miguel Britos. They will need to improve defensively against Hoffenheim on Tuesday to progress into the Champions League Group Stage. However, good performances from the front three could help Liverpool, but only in some games. Virgil Van Dijk will improve the team, but they still need to sign him, and they have also failed on target in Naby Keïta and Philippe Coutinho has handed in a transfer request, so it could be testing times for Jürgen Klopp.
Merseyside counterparts, Everton, picked up three points as Wayne Rooney scored on his second debut against Stoke City in a 1-0 win. Everton have made some good signings this summer, most notably, Wayne Rooney returning to his boyhood club, and they look to be challenging the top six and astound the rest of the league, even though Lukaku has left.
West Bromwich Albion will be delighted with their 1-0 win against Bournemouth, but they lack real quality, and still need an explosion of youth. Southampton and Swansea played out a 0-0 draw, and I think that both clubs should have enough to be middle table and can cause major upsets.