Premier League 2013/14 – First Weekend Review

A few years ago it would have been appropriate to review the opening day of the Season – nowadays with the demands of the TV companies and of course the armchair fans the first foray of the new season lasts three days with games taking place on Saturday , Sunday and Monday.

So after the first three days of the new season what have we learnt so far ?

From the Saturday games perhaps the stand out result was Manchester United winning 4-1 at Swansea – lots of punters thought that this game had draw written all over it given Swansea’s general improvement last season and Manchester United’s often sluggish start to the Season . However United carried on post Ferguson in the same rich vein of form as last season with an impressive performance and two goals each for the ever reliable Van Persie and the previously goal shy Wellbeck.

In the other Saturday games a Sturridge goal was enough to give Liverpool a 1-0 victory over Stoke – a missed penalty from Walters will either be seen as a glaring miss by Walters or a fine save by Mignolet depending on your respective allegiance.

At the Emirates Arsenal went down 1-3 to a surprise defeat by Aston Villa – probably way too early to write Arsenal off after one game when you consider their resources but fans of the Gunners will be worried about the lack of summer signings to strengthen their squad . A good win for the Villa though which will give confidence to their young squad .

The remainder of the Saturday games ended with a 2-2 draw between Norwich and Everton , 0-1 away wins for Fulham at Sunderland and Southampton at West Brom and a convincing 2-0 win for West Ham over Cardiff at Upton Park .

On Sunday newly promoted Crystal Palace took on Spurs at Selhurst Park and lost 0-1 with the only goal of the game being a penalty easily converted by Spurs new summer signing Roberto Soldado.

Across the other side of London the Special One returned to Stamford Bridge and Chelsea ran out easy 2-0 winners over Hull City . The Tigers put on a much better performance in the second half of the game but will now be aware of the standard that is required as they could not keep up with Chelsea’s fast moving performance in the first half.

Finally on Monday night Manchester City had an emphatic 4-0 win at the Etihad over, albeit 10 man Newcastle to give Pelligrini a great start to his Manchester City tenure.

So what can we learn after the first weekend ?

It looks like Chelsea , Manchester United and Manchester City are going to carry on where they left off last season , Arsenal fans will no doubt be desperate for some signings to strengthen their squad before the end of the transfer window and Tottenham will no doubt be quietly confident that even without Bale they can maintain a worthwhile challenge.

The two Merseyside clubs season’s will no doubt depend on the next few days and the departures or indeed , non departures of star players such as Suarez ,Baines and Fellaini.

At the opposite end of the table the newly promoted clubs , Cardiff ,Hull and Crystal Palace will now be aware of the task that lies before them – let’s hope that they all record a win soon to give them the confidence to play and make this a good season.

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