A thrilling Week 1 of the 2019-2020 Premier League Season just concluded. One game can not define how their seasons will go, but sometimes it’s a representation of how ready teams are. The favorites won this weekend, but a few shockers took place. Let’s explore review each match in depth and my power rankings for the weekend:
Liverpool 4-1 Norwich
At Anfield on Friday evening, Jürgen Klopp’s men beat a promoted Norwich team in a match that gave Liverpool a well deserved three points. Despite Norwich having a good amount of chances, there was no fault in the back line and goalkeeper for Liverpool. However on the stroke of halftime, Liverpool’s star keeper, Alisson, got injured and will be out for “the next few weeks”. This is a minor setback for a team that has no trouble scoring goals. Norwich had a pretty impressive opening game and honestly looks like a Premier League team.
Manchester City 5-0 West Ham
West Ham had a disappointing home debut with a lack of chances and just a complete collapse. They are going to want to improve before the next match and the rest of the season. However, Manchester City are the 2018/19 Champions and they played like Champs. An offensive onslaught with one goal even being disallowed for being offside by VAR (Video Assistant Referee). A hat trick by Raheem Sterling is one sign this team is ready for this year.
Bournemouth 1-1 Sheffield United
The Cherries had a disappointing match against the newly promoted Sheffield United. Billy Sharp equalized in the 88th minute to give Sheffield a satisfying tie. Earning their first point in the Premier League since 2007, Sheffield is ready to compete against Premier League regulars. Bournemouth is looking for a way to get into the top 10 of the League, but a start like this definitely is not the best.
Burnley 3-0 Southampton
Burnley had a fantastic home game. Last year, their team seemed to drop easy games like this, but they came out this season to change something. The Clarets want to get their 2017/18 position back when they landed in seventh place. On a wet Turf Moor, Southampton revitalized their struggles from last season and their new managerial change looks like not much changed.
Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton
In the only 0-0 draw on Saturday, both teams were looking to begin their trek to hopefully a top eight position. Both fell short and neither team could make a breakthrough. Palace looks like it wants to challenge the top dogs of the Premier League and this draw will not damage that hope. On the other hand, Everton ended up struggling and looking like the worse team with one man being sent off.
Brighton 3-0 Watford
The almost relegated team from last season, Brighton, started this season phenomenally. With a new manager and away from home, Brighton dominated a dull Watford team. Being at home on the first game of the season, Watford should be doing better and definitely did not plan for the loss. They will be looking to improve desperately so they do not collapse.
Tottenham 3-1 Aston Villa
As the last newly promoted team to play for the weekend, Aston Villa shockingly lead against the fourth place team from last year in the first half. However, rallying with the emphatic home support, Tottenham and Harry Kane made sure their opening to the season was not going to be spoiled. Aston Villa looked pretty good, but that defense may need to improve and hold leads.
Leicester City 0-0 Wolverhampton
Last season, Wolves and Leicester finished seventh and ninth respectively. In an entertaining 0-0 draw, Wolverhampton had the majority of the chances and had a goal disallowed by VAR. It would have been huge to get Wolves back to where they left off last season. Leicester, with their stable defense and Kasper Schmeichel in goal, held on for a home draw with their new manager.
Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle
Away from home, Arsenal held on for a win to start their season. Aubameyang had a clinical finish that definitely gave confidence to the team as they saw out an away victory. Resting their top signings, they got the job done against an ownership struggling Newcastle. Newcastle had their chances and behind the home crowd, they just could not finish anything. However, they looked like a Premier League team and do not look like they will drop this season.
Manchester United 4-0 Chelsea
The supposed game of the weekend was extremely one sided. As Chelsea struck the post twice in the first half, United took a 1-0 lead off a penalty into halftime. Chelsea did not have many chances in the second half, but United scored with their pacy strikers and finished the Blues. Both are top six teams, but Chelsea looked deflated as United ran rampant at home.
Power Rankings Week 1 (based off last years table as well):
- Manchester City
- Manchester United
- Crystal Palace
- Newcastle United
- Sheffield United
- West Ham
- Aston Villa