The return of the Premier League last weekend certainly didn’t disappoint. Just the 23 goals across eight games on Match Day 1 – seven of which came at Anfield – to mark an enthralling first round of games.
Liverpool survived a scare against Leeds United to get their title defence off to a positive start, thanks in no small part to a hat-trick from Mohamed Salah in their 4-3 win.
There were also victories for Arsenal, Leicester City, Chelsea, Newcastle United, Wolves, Crystal Palace and Everton, as we gear up towards another weekend of Premier League action.
Manchester City and United enter the fray following their extended break due to their European excursions in August, meaning that them along with Aston Villa and Burnley can finally get their league campaigns underway.
Premier League Game of the Round – Chelsea vs Liverpool
It’s a game that needs little introduction, as Chelsea play host to Liverpool this Sunday that will give an early indication regarding the title credentials of the west London side.
While there has been plenty of back and forth between the two managers since the last meeting – a 5-3 win at Anfield for the Reds with their title coronation following after – whether it be calls of arrogance from one side or talk of excessive spending from the other, Sunday’s game promises to be an exciting one.
Timo Werner will want to impress against a side heavily linked with him before eventually opting to move to Stamford Bridge. While he didn’t score on his competitive debut against Brighton & Hove Albion, he did show how lively he can be by winning a penalty for the game’s opening goal.
He will provide a stiff test for Liverpool, who will want to put in a more assured performance than the one they did against Leeds. Despite the four goals they scored, they looked less than convincing at the back, which is something that has followed on from the latter stages of 2019/20 and already bled into this campaign, as Klopp looks to eradicate any more defensive lapses.
Roberto Firmino and Trent Alexander-Arnold scored in both fixtures last season, and should either score on Sunday, will become the first Reds player since Ian Rush to net in three successive league matches against Chelsea.
Rest of the Round
Everton kick things off for this round of games, when they face West Bromwich Albion Saturday lunchtime.
Two sides who were in the Championship meet at Elland Road at 3pm as Leeds host Fulham.
Manchester United’s Premier League campaign then gets underway as they welcome Crystal Palace to Old Trafford, before the day is rounded off with Arsenal against West Ham United.
Sunday begins with Southampton against Tottenham Hotspur, with Newcastle’s game against Brighton following.
The late kick-off on Sunday comes from Leicester as the Foxes face Burnley in what is the Clarets’ season opener.
Monday has two games once again, the first being Aston Villa against Sheffield United, before Wolves host Manchester City as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side look to make it three successive wins against them.
Premier League Player to Watch: Lucas Digne – Everton – £1.41
As left-backs go, there are few better than Lucas Digne in Europe, never mind the Premier League.
A player of genuine quality when either attacking or defending, the Frenchman has impressed since arriving from Barcelona in 2018, and could improve further under the tutelage of Carlo Ancelotti.
His assist for Everton’s winner against Tottenham was a fine example of his quality when given the chance to deliver, and could get plenty of opportunities to do that this weekend, both from in-play and set-pieces, against a recently-promoted West Brom.