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Elsewhere on Saturday, Bournemouth and Watford all won to set up a crowded bracket for the EPL summit, whilst debut side, Wolverhampton Wanderers, split their home opener with Everton in an entertaining 2-2 finish.
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The first week of the 2018/19 English Premier League season got underway this past Friday, with Paul Pogba captaining and getting Manchester United off to a flying start in a thrilling 2-1 win over Leicester City at home.

Chelsea and Tottenham ushered in the new season with impressive wins away from home; a 3-0 and 2-1 win over Huddersfield and Newcastle respectively, while Crystal Palace, who struggled mightily last season notched a 2-0 win over Fulham for a striking start to the season.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Bournemouth and Watford all won to set up a crowded bracket for the EPL summit, whilst debut side, Wolverhampton Wanderers, split their home opener with Everton in an entertaining 2-2 finish.

Defending Champions – Manchester City – picked up where they left off at the end of the season with a comfortable 2-0 win over Arsenal. Liverpool got off to a sizzling 4-0 win over West Ham for the top spot, and Southampton divvied the spoils with Burnley at home.

 

EPL Week 01 Standings

2018 EPL Week 01 standings

 

 

 

Manchester United 2-1 Leicester

Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw scored in each half as Manchester United ushered in the new Premier League season with a 2-1 victory over Leicester at Old Trafford.

Man Utd 2-1 Leicester

France international Pogba coolly converted a third-minute penalty after Daniel Amartey was penalised for handball, before Shaw wrapped up the victory seven minutes from time with his first goal in senior football.

Leicester pulled one back two minutes into added time through Jamie Vardy's close-range header, but United withstood a late onslaught to secure Jose Mourinho the third successive opening-day victory of his tenure at the club.

Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham Spurs

Dele Alli scored a first-half winner as Tottenham beat Newcastle 2-1 at St James' Park.

Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham

Jan Vertonghen bundled the ball over the line with his head at the far post to give Spurs the lead (8) despite Martin Dubravka's best efforts on the line, before a tale of two crosses and another two headers.

First, Matt Ritchie's wicked ball was converted by the head of Joselu for 1-1 three minutes later, while Alli nodded in at the far post (18) from Serge Aurier's fine delivery.

Bournemouth 2-0 Cardiff

Both sides came close in a frenzied opening to the second half, the best chances falling to Moussa Sissoko and Kenedy at either end, while Newcastle debutant Salomon Rondon saw a deflected effort hit the bar late on. But Spurs held on for a much-needed three points.

Fulham 0-2 Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha opened his account for the new season as Crystal Palace beat Fulham 2-0 at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Fulham 0-2 Crystal Palace

Jeffrey Schlupp scored the opener in the 41st minute, hammering high into the net on a tight angle for his first Palace goal.

Zaha doubled the lead with 11 minutes to play after new Fulham goalkeeper Fabri came off his line, leaving the goal open for the forward to slot home.

It is already a marked improvement on Palace's start to last season, where they failed to score or win in their opening seven Premier League games, while Fulham looked bright in the first half but tired as the game went on.

Huddersfield 0-3 Chelsea

Jorginho scored on his Chelsea debut as Maurizio Sarri's tenure began with a 3-0 win over Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium.

Huddersfield 0-3 Chelsea

Jorginho, a £57m summer signing from Sarri's former club Napoli, netted from the penalty spot (45) after N'Golo Kante had opened the scoring with a first-time finish from Willian's cross (34).

Steve Mounie hit the post for Huddersfield in between those goals, but Chelsea dominated the second half, adding their third goal when Eden Hazard, who started the game on the bench following his World Cup excursions, set up Pedro (80).

It capped a satisfying afternoon for Sarri, who also handed a debut to Kepa Arrizabalaga following his world-record £71.6m transfer from Athletic Bilbao in his first Premier League game in charge.

Watford 2-0 Brighton

Roberto Pereyra scored twice as Watford comfortably beat Brighton 2-0 at Vicarage Road to get their 2018/19 season off to the perfect start.

Watford dominated from start to finish and deservedly took the lead on 35 minutes as Pereyra slammed a first-time volley into the roof of the net from a looping Jose Holebas cross.

The pair combined again nine minutes into the second half, with Pereyra curling his effort beyond Mat Ryan from close range after wandering into space inside the penalty area.

It was all too comfortable for Watford, who controlled the game impressively in the second half, while Brighton have plenty of work ahead after failing to register a single shot on target throughout the 90 minutes.

Wolves 2-2 Everton

Raul Jimenez rescued a point for Wolves in their first game back in a 2-2 draw with Everton at Molineux.

Wolves 2-2 Everton

Everton forward Richarlison looked like he would take the headlines after the £40m summer signing scored two goals either side of half-time (17 & 67).

Sandwiched between those was a controversial equaliser for Wolves, who levelled after Phil Jagielka had been shown a red card for bringing down Diogo Jota as he was clean through on goal, with replays inconclusive as to whether he had got the ball first - and Ruben Neves fired in the resulting free-kick (44).

But with Wolves struggling to manufacture clear-cut chances on the whole, Jimenez made the most of an excellent cross from Neves to nod into the floor beyond Jordan Pickford and ensure the spoils were shared (80).

Sunday

Southampton 0-0 Burnley

Southampton and Burnley played out a scoreless draw at St Mary's as goalkeepers Alex McCarthy and Joe Hart distinguished themselves with a string of fine saves.

The Clarets had the better chances in the opening half as Aaron Lennon and Jeff Hendrick were both denied from point-blank range by McCarthy, who vindicated his selection ahead of new signing Angus Gunn with an accomplished performance.

Southampton struggled to assert themselves until Mark Hughes moved to a back four, with substitute Danny Ings providing greater threat, and Hart was forced into a smart save as Ings found Jack Stephens with 18 minutes remaining.

Liverpool 4-0 West Ham

Liverpool started the season in style on Super Sunday as they condemned West Ham to a 4-0 defeat in Manuel Pellegrini's first game in charge.

Liverpool 4-0 West Ham

Mohamed Salah (19) and Sadio Mane (45+2) scored open goals after ruthless attacking moves during a rampant first half. The Reds added a third eight minutes after half-time when Mane stroked home, controversially from an offside position.

Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to score with his first touch of the game (88) to complete a miserable afternoon for Pellegrini, who started five new signings but had goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski to thank for ensuring the scoreline was not even more comprehensive.

 

Arsenal 0-2 Manchester City

Unai Emery suffered defeat on his Arsenal debut as Manchester City kicked off their title defence with a 2-0 victory.

Arsenal 0-2 Manchester City

Raheem Sterling capped a relentless start from the reigning champions with his 50th Premier League goal inside the quarter-hour mark before Bernardo Silva secured the win with an exquisite second on 64 minutes.

Emery has been tasked with taking Arsenal to the next level after Arsene Wenger's departure at the end of last season - but it was a familiar, disjointed performance from the Gunners, who visibly need time to adapt to their new manager's philosophy.

For Pep Guardiola and City, it was business as usual as they took their place among the Premier League's early pacesetters having started the defence of their crown with an eighth consecutive opening-day triumph.

EPL Week 01 Results at a Glance

Friday

Manchester United 2-1 Leicester

Saturday

Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham Spurs

Bournemouth 2-0 Cardiff

Fulham 0-3 Crystal Palace

Huddersfield 0-3 Chelsea

Watford 2-0 Brighton

Wolves 2-2 Everton

Sunday

Southampton 0-0 Burnley

Liverpool 4-0 West Ham

Arsenal 0-2 Manchester City

 

Game day reports from BBC and skysports were used in this compilation.

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