On Saturday, there were no less than six away victories out of eight games on an opening day which saw 20 goals fly in past top flight keepers.
At Goodison Park, that other team that play in our city were humilited 6-1 to an impressive Arsenal side. Goals from Denilson, Vermaelen, Gallas, Eduado and two from Fabregas subjected the Blueshite to a embarrassing defeat. Louis Saha’s 90th minute consolation gaol for the Toffees was only witnessed by the traveling Gooners and the very few Everton supporters that were left in their wooden construction. Maybe Mark Hughes is having second thoughts about signing Lescott after that. [Match Report]
Hull actually took the lead at Stamford Bridge thanks to new signing Stephen Hunt, but a well executed free-kick from Didier Drogba and ‘“ in typical jammy Chelsea fashion ‘“ a 92nd minute winner from the same man.
At Old Trafford, Wayne Rooney scored the only goal of the game. A certain Mr Michael Owen made a late show for the hosts, and immediately missed a sitter. More of that please, secret agent Michael. [Match Report]
Aston Villa looked to be missing the leadership of money-grabbing Gareth Barry as they went down 2-0 at home to Wigan. Rodagella and Koumas cemented Martin O’Neil’s side’s fate. [Match Report]
The new look Manchester City didn’t look anything special, despite an opening day victory over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. Hughes has spent nearly Â£100million on summer signings and they got off to a flying start when former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor gave them the lead in the third minute. Stephen Ireland added a second in the 91st mintue and if it hadn’t been for some impressive saves from goalkeeper Shay Given, Sam Allardyce’s side could have got something out of the game. [Match Report]
At Fratton Park, Portsmouth obviously missed the services of Glen Johnson (and now Peter Crouch) as they went down 1-0 to a confident Fulham side. Bobby Zamora scoring the Cottager’s goal shortly into the first half. [Match Report]
Liverpool’s next opponents Stoke City got off to winning ways with a comfortable 2-0 victory over league newcomers Burnley. Shawcross gave the hosts the lead before before an own goal by Jordon doubled Stoke’s lead. [Match Report]
For what it’s worth, Arsenal sit top of the Premier League table. Liverpool are in 12th place. And Everton prop up the rest down in 20th with a goal difference of -5 already. At least that’s some cheer after the first weekend of football.
The Reds now play Stoke on Wednesday night at Anfield (kick-off 8pm), whilst Chelsea go to Sunderland on Tuesday night and Burnley host Man Utd. Arsenal don’t play mid-week due to Bolton’s inolvement in the Europa League (that’s the UEFA Cup thesedays, apparently).