Premier League – Opening Weekend Review

Gone are the days when the first games of the season would be referred to as the opening afternoon – with the TV companies appetite for sporting content and an army of armchair viewers we now have an “opening weekend” with games being played this weekend on Saturday ,Sunday and Monday .

So , were there any major surprises in the Premier League opening weekend ?

Certainly Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat at Everton last night raised a few eyebrows – United’s first opening day defeat since 2004 . However United were missing several key defensive players with Ferdinand , Smalling ,Jones and Evans out so perhaps the result should not be viewed as too much of a surprise . A bad start for Robin Van Persie in his first United game but a great start for Everton’s Marouane Fellaini who put in a “Duncan Ferguson” type performance to dominate the makeshift United defence and score the only goal of the game.

Elsewhere on Saturday the stand out performance was from West Brom who beat Liverpool 3-0 with goals from Gera ,Odemwingie and Lukaku – a good performance from The Baggies beating what was assumed to be a strengthened Liverpool side.

5-0 goal fests also occurred at Craven Cottage and Loftus Road – Fulham winning 5-0 against Norwich , Queens Park Rangers losing 0-5 at home to Swansea – a good start for their new manager !

West Ham signalled their return to the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa with the ever reliable Kevin Nolan scoring the only goal of the game. West Ham fans will breathe a sigh of relief that they have got off to a good start and got 3 points in the bag – 80 miles down the M4 Swindon fans will also be happy , the last thing they need is for West Ham to get off to a bad start and start looking for a new manager…

Elsewhere on Saturday Reading came back from being 1-0 down against Stoke City to gain a 1-1- draw – Adam le Fondre slotting home a penalty to give them a share of the points.

Newcastle recorded a narrow 2-1 over Tottenham with goals from Ba and Ben Arfa , Defoe’s goal for Spurs not enough to secure them a result . Tottenham will rue the chances that they missed in this game but surely don’t need to worry too much with a striker of the calibre of Defoe around .

At the Emirates Arsenal drew 0-0 with Sunderland – missing Van Persie already  ?

In the games played on Sunday fans saw plenty of drama – Manchester City not playing at 100% ( according to their manager ) had to battle hard to beat an attack minded Southampton side 3-2. Neutral fans will be pleased to see a promoted side trying to play attacking football and ” having a go ” .

Finally Chelsea won 2-0 at Wigan – new signing Eden Hazard proving to be the star of the show.

A good start to the season – don’t forget to follow the Live Scores as they happen at the LivefootballScores site !