After the primary spherical of fixtures reached their conclusion with Manchester United’s four-zero canter over West Ham United, we have a look again at what occurred within the English prime flight over the weekend.

Chelsea burned

A lot to Antonio Conte’s disgust, Chelsea hasn’t sufficiently strengthened in the summertime switch window. The Italian’s squad depth is receding.

Bench for final recreation of 2016-17 season vs. Sunderland: Begovic; Zouma, Pedro, Matic, Batshuayi, Cahill, Chalobah

Bench for first recreation of 2017-18 season vs. Burnley: Caballero; Morata, Kenedy, Musonda, Christensen, Tomori, Scott

Conte thought-about the sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United “a fantastic loss,” and he was craving for the Serbian’s regular head when his aspect – following the dismissal of skipper Gary Cahill – conceded three first-half objectives towards Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The Blues responded within the second half with objectives from Alvaro Morata and David Luiz both aspect of being decreased to 9 males as a result of a second yellow card for Cesc Fabregas. A valiant effort, however not sufficient to stop Chelsea following final season’s Leicester Metropolis as simply the second Premier League champion defeated on the primary day of its defence.

The Clarets, in the meantime, gained one match away from residence in all the earlier time period.

Cahill and Fabregas’ suspensions come at an inconvenient time: Conte’s lot is present process preparations earlier than travelling to Tottenham Hotspur subsequent Sunday.

A six-aim thriller all of us anticipated

Matches that end three-three are seldom predictable – until Liverpool is concerned.

The dominant narrative on the purple aspect of Stanley Park was the way forward for Philippe Coutinho, the demiurgic dribbler of curiosity to Barcelona, however the large consideration paid to the attacking line briefly masked the actual space of want: defence.

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Whereas penalty converter Roberto Firmino shone in Saturday’s Watford wrangle, and Sadio Mane and debutant Mohamed Salah additionally opened their accounts for the marketing campaign, Jurgen Klopp’s rearguard was once more missing brawn and composure. It was missing Virgil van Dijk.

The Reds need to revive their pursuit for Southampton‘s Dutch centre-again. There aren’t many different gamers from that place probably available on the market – and arguably none of his high quality – and he’ll be costly, however not strengthening that division earlier than the Aug. 31 deadline might be an early give up of a prime-4 end.

Leicester outgunned in enthralling opener

What a method to introduce a brand new period of Friday night season openers.

It took Alexandre Lacazette solely ninety five seconds to attain his first aim for the membership, however Arsenal‘s again-three appeared vulnerable with two pure left-backs – Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac – shoehorned in. They weren’t the one points, with wing-backs Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Hector Bellerin typically shirking from their defensive duties.

There shall be lots for Arsenal followers to ponder after the superb to-and-fro four-three defeat of Leicester. It appeared with every plus level got here a caveat: Granit Xhaka obtained two assists (together with the devilish supply to arrange Olivier Giroud‘s late winner), however he was at fault for the Foxes’ first two objectives; Arsene Wenger bravely and uncharacteristically switched personnel and form from the technical space, however it was a doubtful choice from the primary whistle, and his missing depth was uncovered by the again-4 he ultimately needed to mould: Oxlade-Chamberlain, Monreal, Kolasinac, and Bellerin.

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It was a radical examination from Leicester, and the East Midlands membership was a tad unlucky to go away the Emirates Stadium with nothing. Arsenal might be underneath the highlight within the coming weeks, with journeys to Liverpool and Chelsea on the horizon.

Across the grounds

Identical to that, there is a new hero at Previous Trafford. Romelu Lukaku turned the fourth participant to bag a brace on his Premier League debut for Manchester United on Sunday, and confirmed early indicators of forging a daunting counter-assault with Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba. Substitute Anthony Martial and Pogba added late gloss to the four-zero victory that serves because the strongest assertion from golf equipment eyeing the 2017-18 Premier League title.

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Huddersfield City ends the primary slate of fixtures second within the division. Tipped by many to plummet straight again into the Championship, the formidable David Wagner – a former handler of Borussia Dortmund‘s reserves whereas Klopp oversaw the seniors – thinks in any other case. His gamers harry and probe, with the aerially dominant Steve Mounie scoring two objectives in Saturday’s spectacular three-zero win at Crystal Palace. Write the Terriers off at your peril.

Elsewhere:

  • Everton 1-zero Stoke Metropolis
  • Brighton & Hove Albion zero-2 Manchester Metropolis
  • Newcastle United zero-2 Tottenham Hotspur
  • Southampton zero-zero Swansea Metropolis
  • West Bromwich Albion 1-zero Bournemouth

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