The EPL resumed its rights since yesterday, with Chelsea giving the kickoff of this new 2009-2010 season against Hull, and the first gameweek ended today with the game opposing Tottenham to Liverpool. This season seems to be a more interesting one as things liven up as from the first day of the league.
Analysis: The Big 4
Chelsea gave the kick off of this new season against Hull last afternoon, and while many were thinking Chelsea were in for a big win against the modest Hull City, it was a big surprise to see Chelsea scrapping away the 3 points, with Drogba scoring his second goal of the match in added time to give his team the win. 2-1 it ended at Stamford Bridge, and am sure Ancelotti would heave a sigh of relief when he will watch this game on DVD afterwards. Hull had taken the lead against the odds by Hunt, but a superb freekick from Drogba levelled things up, and eventually the same man was spot on when his cross-cum-shot ended in Myhill’s goal during added time.
Arsenal was the second team last night to represent the Big 4, facing Everton at Goodison Park. Although yet again many were thinking that Arsenal would not have the same standard as last season, with Adebayor and Toure sold to Man City, they proved all of us wrong yet again, may be their own supporters excluded. A 6-1 thrashing of Everton away from home, and the Gunners clearly stated their intentions on this first match. Arsene Wenger must be a very happy man indeed, and those banners with ‘In Arsene We Trust‘ are out again 😀
Manchester United, 3rd representing the Big 4, were in action earlier today against newly promoted Birmingham City, and though I was looking forward to another thrashing of Birmingham, the game turned out to be rather dull. Rooney scored the only goal of the match, and Birmingham even deserved to equalize though they finally were defeated by that single goal. United, like they usually did in the past, switched off after the goal, and allowed the opposition to gain the upper hand; Sir Alex must work on this, ‘cos when United will face members of the Big 4 they could pay dearly for such mistakes. Still a win is a win, 3 points won already 😉
Liverpool completed the Big 4 games tonight itself, when they faced Spurs away from home. Spurs were more active, caused Liverpool many problems in defence, with the pace of Modric and Lennon on either wings proving to be the main threat. But it was on set pieces that Spurs scored, with Assou-Ekotto and then Bassong scoring, after Liverpool had equalized from a penalty by Gerrard. Robbie Keane could have scored a hattrick, had it not been Pepe Reina in goal for Liverpool to deny him, but not the 2 goals from the 2 Cameroon defenders in Spurs. 2-1 it ended, with Benitez angry not being given 2 penalties after the Bassong goal, while his assistant Sammy Lee was sent off to the dressing room by the ref.
Talks are already going on about a Big 5 in the EPL with newly rich Man City, and with all the players they recently bought, they look like the “Real Madrid” of England. Their first game was yesterday, against Blackburn Rovers, and Adebayor, ex-Arsenal, scored for his new team with only 3 minutes on the clock, and it was Stephen Ireland who scored the 2nd goal for City.
Aston Villa, who lost their emblematic player, Barry, to Man City, started the new season with a home defeat against Wigan Atletic, the match ending 2-0 in the latter’s favor.
Bolton were beaten at home as well by Sunderland, Portsmouth beaten as well by Fulham, both games ending 0-1, while Wolves (newly promoted) were beaten at home by West Ham 0-2, and finally Stoke City won 2-0 over newly promoted Burnley.
The second week of the premier league will be held on this coming Tuesday and Wednesday.
The table rankings after the 1st gameweek is as follows (from football365):