My Top 5 Moments of the Premier League Opening Weekend

August 14, 2017
This weekend saw the return of the Premier League, after what felt like forever. I managed to sit in front of the television for the majority of the games, and have compiled a list of my favourite moments from the opening weekend. Naturally, this list might not be to everybody’s taste. So instead of dismissing the article, how about leaving your favourite moments in the comments below? Or you can always write me on Twitter at @ellenrosemariex

I’m sure a lot of you opened this out of curiosity to see if I would mention Chelsea’s embarrassing defeat to freshly promoted Burnley. Yep. It’s here. I actually enjoyed this game a lot more than you'd expect. Having unintentionally taken a step back from football in the past year or so it’s allowed me to enjoy watching games without my heart getting so much in the way. It’s nice to be a neutral sometimes. Sometimes I even root for Tottenham to win. Though being so nonchalant with losing is easier on the opening weekend than later on. I wholeheartedly hope Chelsea get their shit together and make some real signings. Hopefully this result will have been a wakeup call to Emenalo and everybody else responsible at the club. More about that game underneath.

My favourite moments of the weekend:

1. The 2017-18 Premier League kicked off at the Emirates with Leicester taking on Arsenal. The first five minutes of play were unprecedentedly exciting. Arsenal’s new signing Lacazette performing the honours of a single-man kick off, only to score a header after 94 seconds. Not bad for a debut. Unfortunately for the French debutant, Japanese international Okazaki equalised for Leicester within the five minute mark (also with a header). The fun wasn’t over there, with the goal-fest ending 4-3 to the Gunners.


2. Surprise entrants Huddersfield Town made their first ever appearance in the top flight away to Crystal Palace. Not to be intimidated by Frank de Bouer’s men, the Terriers played intelligently and managed to win 3-0. New signing Steve Mounié netted two, even lamenting that he hadn’t scored a hat-trick. The pundits and commentators repeatedly reporting that he and Huddersfield must be in “dreamland” after such a debut. Let’s hope that the honeymoon period never ends. Bespectacled manager David Wagner is also besties with Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp.


3. The aforementioned game between Chelsea and Burnley was hidden within Saturday’s 3 o’clock kickoffs. Champions Chelsea were assumed to win this easily, but how wrong that assumption turned out to be. The Blues looked sharp until Captain Gary Cahill was sent off in the 14th minute for a clumsy tackle on Steven Defour, and from then on it was a total shambles. By half-time, it was 3-0 to Burnley, and it wasn’t until well into the second half that things started to look up for the home side. New signing Morata broke Chelsea’s deficit just 10 minutes after being subbed on, and then it was a race against time. Chelsea were always going to win right? Unfortunately not, as Cesc Fabregas became the second Chelsea player to be shown the red card and even with David Luiz’s late goal, it wasn’t enough. What a weekend for the underdogs!


4. Also returning to the Premier League are familiar faces Newcastle. What better way to christen the new season than having Jonjo Shelvey stamp on Tottenham’s Dele Alli, resulting in a straight red? England’s number 20 (there’s not really a ring to it) didn’t seem to be too fussed, as he scored the opener not long after. Tottenham won the game 2-0, not much of a surprise really.


5. It was great to finally see Brighton in the top flight. I thought they played well against a resilient Manchester City who were always going to score. Poor Lewis Dunk headed the ball into his own net, only to be made worse with the ball slipping through the arms of the keeper. The Seagulls lost the match 2-0, but to summarise midfielder Solly March - they wouldn’t be facing ‘that’ every single week. Better luck next time, boys.


Some honourable mentions:

◦ Manchester United seem to be clicking, at last, Jose Mourinho looks to be aiming to reset the status quo. I’m still a little bit bitter at seeing Man of the Match Matic in red. Where were those performances for Chelsea?
◦ Watford scoring in the 90th minute to equalise against Liverpool in what was a truly thrilling game.
◦ Wayne Rooney scoring for Everton 13 years later, enough said.

There you have it, five of my favourite moments of the weekend. It was an exhausting amount of football and I’ve definitely left out some major events. As I said, let me know what you think should have been included. See you next time!

2 comments:

  1. Fantastic, so much going on. Best moment was *not* Southend losing 3-0 but Phil Brown's scathing attach on his players (basically not turning up) was very refreshing and I think he's going ton reimburse away fans.

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