The Barclays Premier League resumed normal service since last Saturday, and the defending champions, Chelsea, have shown that their defeat against Manchester United in the Community Shield was just mere accident as they absolutely thrashed West Brom to go top of the league, while newcomer Blackpool won surprisingly at Wigan to claim their first 3 points in the Premier League, while big spending Manchester City are yet to find their rhythm as they drew 0-0 with Spurs, a lucky result for them in the end, while Liverpool saw their 3 points slip at the hands of Reina to finally draw 1-1 with Arsenal.
The kick off of the new season was given by a much awaited Tottenham-Man City match, and although Spurs created many opportunities in the first half, City’s Joe Hart gratified us with some spectacular saves to deny Spurs, and may be securing a place as No.1 for England as Capello watched on. The second half was somewhat dull as both teams were more concentrating in keeping the ball rather than attacking openly, and finally 0-0 it remained.
Aston Villa, without any manager officially, won easily against a subdued West Ham team, 3-0 for the Villains, as Downing, then Petrov and finally the departing Milner sank the Hammers to claim a well deserved win. Bolton and Fulham ended 0-0, another draw match, but this time with 2-goals apiece for Sunderland and Birmingham. Blackburn managed to hold on to a vital goal courtesy of a big handling mistake by Everton’s Howard to gift Kalinic a goal, while the most surprising win came for Blackpool, as they won comfortably against Wigan, 4-0, as boos rang around the stadium for the home side, while the travelling ones were celebrating.
Wolves saw off Stoke on a 2-1 scoreline, but the most impressive win of the day came from Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea easily saw off West Brom 6-0, with Drogba netting a hat-trick and sending a strong message to the golden boots contenders, while Malouda showed his great form by scoring 2, and Lampard completed the rout as the Blues claim the top spot already.
Sunday saw only one game played, as Liverpool hosted Arsenal, and a big howler by Pepe Reina saw him gift Arsenal a precious point, although the Gunners deserved it for all the hard work they did. Liverpool seemed more like the visiting side in this game as Hodgson’s tactics changed the Liverpool formation a bit, with Gerrard playing a more defensive role, while Torres was on the bench. The first half was more in Arsenal’s favor as they passed the ball around but without finding a way to goal, and in the even gained a man’s advantage at half time, as Joe Cole got sent off for a tackle on Koscielny. However Liverpool responded brilliantly in the first minute of the second half as Ngog drilled a shot from an acute angle, and Almunia did not cover his first post well, and the effort flew in despite him taking a touch.
But Liverpool failed to hold on in the closing minute, as Reina hesitated to come out to pick a cross, and Chamakh was quicker to respond, heading the ball against the post, but while the latter was bouncing out harmlessly, Reina, in an attempt to catch it, instead went over the line with it and thus gifted Arsenal a goal, but one which was not undeserving for the Gunners, while Reina will surely rue his decision of trying to catch the ball in the end.
Monday night saw the first game week come to an end, as Manchester United hosted Newcastle, and it was the 2 veterans, Giggs and Scholes, who stole the show as the Red Devils won 3-0, but the deception came yet again from Rooney, as he’s still struggling to hit great form, and lasted about 60 minutes before being replaced by Chicharito.
Berbatov scored the opener in this game on the 33rd minute as Scholes found him with marginally onside, but the Bulgarian took the opportunity and drilled a shot past Harper. On the 41st minute, Fletcher got on the scoresheet as well as he collected a ball poked in his way by Rooney, and finished brilliantly to secure a 2-0 lead at half time. Giggs came on in the second half, and the Welsh Wizard continued his fine form of scoring in every Premier League season, as he sent a volley past Harper after Scholes pin-point cross found him. 3-0 the final score, a win which surely will promise much for the Red Devils as they seek to claim the title back from Chelsea.