The much anticipated 2018/19 Premier League campaign kicked off last Saturday. There were no surprises in the opening week, except for the gunners, who had to take on last year’s record-breaking club and league winners Manchester City. Arsenal lost the match 2-0 but did display a promising performance with new manager Unai Emery.
The Reds and the Blues were the most comfortable in their opening matches, with Liverpool pushing aside West Ham in a 4-0 win while Chelsea claimed their first 3 points after beating Huddersfield 3-0.
None of the promoted clubs were able to secure wins in the first week, with only the Wolverhampton Wanderers managing a point in a 2-2 deadlock against Everton. Cardiff City and the revamped Fulham team were beaten by Bournemouth and Crystal Palace, respectively by a 2-0 scoreline.
Some of the noteworthy players of week 1 include Everton’s recent signing Richarlison, Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, and Watford’s Pereyra. All three players found the back of the net twice in week 1.
Richarlison, who recently departed Watford for Everton in a £50 million deal, scored twice in his first game. Although one match cannot justify his fee, it does give him a blank canvass to work on in the coming games.
In the assists department, two left-backs take center stage with Watford’s Jose Holebas and City’s Benjamin Mendy creating chances. Holebas provided the chances for Pereyra’s two goals while Mendy produced the passes for Sterling and Bernardo Silva to hit home.
Eight teams secured three points, with Liverpool gathering the top goal difference, leaving eight teams without any points, and West Ham having at the other end of the table with the worst goal difference. In the middle of the table are the Wolves, Everton, Southampton, and Burnley with one point each.
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