The much awaited English Premiere League is back in action and the opening weekend flamed up the whole competition as each team showed both their strength and opportunities. Liverpool’s display of dominance over newly promoted Norwich City that ended in bittersweet win following a star goalkeeper’s exit due to injury; Manchester City keeping their reign and crushing a newcomer, while neighboring Manchester United crushing Chelsea, and Arsenal knocking down Newcastle, plus more! It was indeed a thrilling and action-packed opening weekend. Here’s what you have to do to get the latest updates about this match and more sports news plus betting odds, match predictions and more! Just sign up to 12BTi Sportsbook and win extra rewards and bonuses.
Let’s take a look back at some of the highlights of the opening weekend:
Liverpool’s dominance comes with a price
It’s a great start for the Red as they smashed the newly promoted Norwich City in a 4-1 finish. Jurgen Klopps men entered the field as if they didn’t have a summer break as they didn’t give Norwich City a chance to prove that their promotion is worth it. The home side impressively swarmed the Canaries during the first 7 minutes of the match as Divock Origi net the team’s first goal in their campaign, while the rest of the goals were courtesy of strikes from Mohamed Salah, who has been very active in this match, Virgil van Dijk and Grant Hanley. Meanwhile, Teemu Pukki gave the Canaries to cheer about as he net a consolation for the team. Unfortunately, Liverpool lost its star goalkeeper Alisson Becker to injury after he slipped while taking a goal kick few minutes before the half-time. Summer signing Adrian replaced Alisson, marking his debut performance for the team. It was recently announced that Alisson wouldn’t be able to play in the next few weeks which is a threat to Liverpool’s dominance as the goalkeeper contributed a lot of zero goals to any opponents the team have faced.
West Ham’s seemingly wrong investment
West Ham United kicked off their Premier League campaign in an unimpressive performance, regardless of the new signings. It was a tragic loss for West Ham at the hands of the reigning champ as they were dusted in 5-0 finish. Previously, the Hammers spent massive fees to sign Sebastien Haller and Pablo Fornals this summer. However, the result that they were expecting not just for the two new star additions, but for the whole team playing as a team is very disappointing. Things got worse for West Ham as the team obviously played with lack of preparation to start their campaign. Also, the chemistry of players seems unmatched, leaving them empty handed. If not given a solution, not involving money, the team can create an impact and will definitely redeem themselves in the upcoming matches.
New teams vs EPL veterans
Norwich City, Sheffield United and Aston Villa joined the Premiere League after being promoted earlier this year. Each team had their debut on the opening weekend of the tournament and as expected, it wasn’t the result they’re expecting, yet going head to head against Premiere League giants is a good warm up to the newcomers. Sheffield United came close to stealing a win away from Bournemouth as they ended 1-1 draw, while Norwich and Villa managed to score at least a single goal against the reigning champions. There is no guarantee that these teams will advance in the finals, but it’s too early to predict because they may be plotting a surprise for later. Get the fresh odds and predictions only here at 12BTi Sportsbook!
Chelsea’s transfer ban aftermath
Chelsea is going through a tough year as they faced a lot of challenges including the departure of Eden Hazard and the full effect of the transfer ban. Previously, FIFA imposed a transfer ban to Chelsea, hindering them to add additions to the squad this summer due the alleged signing of foreign under-18 players. Their appeal was rejected and they have to wait until January 2020 until they can strengthen their squad. On the other hand, Frank Lampard promised that the remaining members of the squad will give birth to the future football stars and will uplift the team’s records until they can add a veteran to the team. Although, their performance during their last match was stating otherwise as they were crushed by Manchester United in 4-0 finish. Obviously, the team is having a hard-time to catch up due to the punishment, yet if given more time, their transfer ban can really be a blessing in disguise and miraculously bring them on top.
Players that stood out
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah proved once again that he can manage to net for the team with some assist from his teammates and outstanding skills, while Robert Firmino’s overall performance is also commendable regardless if he missed a goal in the second half. Manchester City’s very own Raheem Sterling also impresses a lot with his over the top performance, bagging himself another match ball. Goalkeepers Jordan Pickford of Everton, Liverpool’s Alisson Becker that got injured preventing a goal and a shocker Matthew Ryan of Brighton showcased important saves against their opponents. Those stops made by these outstanding goalkeepers were vital to prevent opponent’s goal and helped the team to get an advantage. The Spur’s Harry Kane is at it again with his 2 goals in the new season. Marcus Rushford was also a stunner.
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