Liverpool vs Watford (Game Watched by Not Another Football Blog)
Liverpool 3 – 3 Watford
Liverpool’s big name signing in Salah got his first EPL start while Marco Silva only named 1 of the 7 new Watford players in his starting lineup.
The pregame was all about Mo Salah, lots of quotes about how he played as the Kop on the PlayStation, interesting considering he once turned down Liverpool for Chelsea.
Halftime and Liverpool look sloppy. Down 2-1 to Watford who have been fantastic, Marco Silva one of the most underrated managers?
Mane scored his first of hopefully many for the season, Tom Cleverly for Watford having a fantastic game. The former Manchester United man made a great run to set up the second goal.
Salah needs to finish his chances.
Well, the second half was just that, Liverpool’s pace showed, Liverpool won a penalty, Firminio calmly put away and the team going up 3-2 with the comeback being on. HOWEVER, fast forward to stoppage time, and we had it, the equalizer. Watford stole a point. A well-deserved point. THE EPL IS BACK BABY! Back and forth eh?
Watford deserved the point, played really well considering they are one of the favorites to go down, Liverpool have to look at this as 2 massive points dropped, Moreno had a solid game from left back and it looks like Klopp has finally figured out what was happening with him last season.
Man Of The Match
Firminio had a goal and did a fantastic job setting up Salah for his goal, certainly a man of the match performance.
Liverpool are playing Crystal Palace at home, a game they should comfortably win, while Watford are away to Bournemouth, a game that is going to be an interesting match considering the two clubs will look to get as many points early in the season as they can.
Chelsea vs Burnley (Game Watched by NAFB)
Chelsea 2 – 3 Burnley
The biggest surprise in this game was with the lineup Antonio Conte put out, no Morata. The only Chelsea signing to start was Rudiger.
A back and forth start to the game till the 13th minute when Gary Cahill had a moment of madness. Chelsea, a team with a squad depleted, have just lost their captain in the first game of the season. Madness. Chelsea seem to have lost their minds, Fabregas picking up a yellow for mocking the referee. Conte, not wanting to take any risks makes an early substitute, bringing on Christensen for Boga.
Chelsea were rocked by the Gary Cahill red card and it finally hit them in the 24th minute, Sam Vokes with the opener to put Burnley ahead. Chelsea are really struggling here, they have about 35% possession since Cahill’s red card. Burnley are clearly the better team. This feels like Leicester last season when the defending champions lost their first game of the season. Sam Vokes has another! He has put Burnley 3-0 up!! WOW. Chelsea are losing their heads here; David Luiz is coming together with Burnley players now.
At half time, Chelsea have been poor, David Luiz needs to calm down or he may be taking an early shower as well.
We have the debut we have all been waiting for, Morata is coming on. Chelsea look full of life again and had a penalty shout for a tackle on Rudiger, not much in it but Rudiger is limping, not sure if they can afford to have another defender out. David Luiz has probably been in the refs ears 15 times tonight, shocked that he hasn’t been booked, Chelsea look like they are close to getting their first of the season though.
Morata has a debut goal! 69th minute, a beautiful ball in by Willian and Morata with a fantastic diving header, game on? Christensen has the ball in the back of the net but he’s offside, still 3-1 with 17 or so to go. Azpilicueta has a moment where he grapples with a Burnley player. Oh no, Fabregas gets his second yellow and he is off. Luiz scores the 2nd for Chelsea and Morata gets an assist. He’s had a goal and assist in his 30 or so minutes of game time for Chelsea.
Chelsea had a rough start to the league and need to do better going forward, starting with their players keeping cooler heads. Hats off to Burnley.
Man of the Match
Sam Vokes deserves this award, scored two goals at the Bridge and had a great run out, showed the worst of David Luiz as he was under his skin all evening.
Chelsea are going up against Spurs at Wembley on the 20th of August, they had better hope for a better run out then as Spurs will not be kind and come out guns blazing. Chelsea will be missing Cahill and Fabregas through suspension. Burnley will face West Brom at home, riding high on their performance versus Chelsea.
Everton vs Stoke
Everton 1 – 0 Stoke
He’s back, Wayne Rooney has come back home and is in the lineup for their first game of the season. Micheal Keane makes his first start for Everton and is going to be a big player for them this season. 5 of Everton’s new signings made their debut in this game for Everton.
Wayne Rooney, top goal scorer for England, top goal scorer for Manchester United, and now he has scored on his return to Everton. The Toffees are going to be very happy with this, a solid 1-0 win at home to start the season.
Man of the Match
Wayne Rooney had a fantastic outing, no question about it, he will love the fact that he scored at his first game back. He now has 300 Goals and Assists in the Premier League throughout his career.
Everton don’t play again till the 22nd of August in a massive game away to Manchester City, going to be a tough game for them away from home, while Stoke have Arsenal visiting them on the 20th of August, a game that will be tricky for them.
Crystal Palace vs Huddersfield Town
Palace 0 – 3 Huddersfield Town
Zaha, Benteke and Loftus-Cheek started up front for Crystal Palace while Huddersfield got their first taste of the Premier League.
Huddersfield playing their first top flight game got the go-ahead goal in the 24th minute, it was in fact an own goal by Joel Ward. OH MY GOD they have one more!! Huddersfield have 2! And this time it’s one of their own, Steve Mounie got the second. Frank de Boer is not going to be happy, this is not how he wanted his first game in charge to go! Mounie gets a second and that’s game, 3-0 Huddersfield. They will be very pleased with this result, their first win in the Premier League.
Man of the Match
Steve Mounie had 2 goals on the day and secured the three points. Great game all around by everyone on the terriers.
Palace are away to Liverpool on the 19th of August, they will want to put on a show like Watford and try and get points, Huddersfield are home to fellow newly promoted side Newcastle United on the 20th of August.
Southampton vs Swansea
Southampton 0 – 0 Swansea
The Saints were without their main man, Virgil van Dijk as he’s out injured and dealing with speculation regarding his future and potential transfer to Liverpool.
Not much happened in the first half, a yellow card for Redmond and Romeu of Southampton. The second half was slow as well, final score a 0-0 draw. Southampton had 29 shots on goal in the game, just 2 of which were on target. That is something that needs to change going forward or they will struggle. Not a lot of teams will allow them to take 29 shots.
Man of the Match
Fabianski faced 29 shots, only 2 of which were on target and walked away with a clean sheet.
Southampton play West Ham at home on the 19th of August, they will be looking to get at least a point from that game. Swansea will host Manchester United, that game will be a tough game for the Swans.
West Brom vs Bournemouth
West Brom 1 – 0 Bournemouth
No surprises with the line ups here, Joshua King starts up front for Bournemouth, the third highest goal scorer in the year 2017 in the Premier League, only behind Lukaku and Harry Kane. Can he keep his form going?
West Brom got the early lead, their new signing, Hegazi, scored from a set piece in the 31st minute. Tony Pulis will be happy about that.
Man of the Match
Hegazi is the man of the match, got a goal in the EPL debut from defense and kept the clean sheet.
West Brom play Burnley away, they will be coming in after a solid performance at Chelsea, who will be without Gary Cahill after his red card. Bournemouth play Watford at home, another team that will be looking to carry their good form from the game against Liverpool.
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Manchester City
Brighton 0 – 2 Manchester City
Other than Danillo playing at left wing back in a 3-5-2 for City, neither line up included any surprises. The Citizens rolled into Brighton hoping for a win, a big win.
The first half didn’t produce any goals for us viewers, with Jesus picking up the only Yellow card of the half. There was a long stoppage in play as Isaiah Brown went down injured and received some treatment. City were most certainly getting nervous by the 65th minute considering they hadn’t scored yet, Pep sent Leroy Sane on for Danillo, an attacking switch. The move paid off as City got their first goal of the campaign through Aguero, and shortly after they got a second through an unfortunate own goal by Lewis Dunk. New boys Bernado Silva, Kyle Walker, Danillo and Ederson all featured in the match up and it was a decent run out, although people expected a more one sided game.
Man of the Match
I don’t think Aguero did enough in a game where City had a whooping 78.1% possession, they got of 14 shots and only converted 2. Therefore I am going to say that right wing back Kyle Walker was my man of the match, he put in a solid shift in both attacking and defensive thirds of the pitch.
City don’t play again till the 22nd of August when they host Everton, should be a tricky game but I think City might sneak out of the game with a win. Brighton have the daunting task of playing at Leicester who will be looking to get their first win after an unfortunate draw against Arsenal.