The Liberian Billboard Sports Desk- What Sports analysts and data researchers considers the third richest sports league in the world has officially kicked off its 2018/2019 season.
The English Premier league, the most watched Soccer league in the world officially kicked off on Friday, August 10, 2018 when Manchester United hosted Leicester City at Old Trafford. The game saw its first goal in the third minute after a Paul Pogba penalty which was the result of a Daniel Amartey handball in the penalty area. United made it 2:0 in the 83rd minute through a Luke Shaw spectacular, but Jamie Vardy pulled one back for the visitors in the 90th minute, making the final score 2 goals to 1 in favor of United.
Saturday matches saw visitors Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea FC and Crystal Palace all pulling away wins, while hosts AFC Bournemouth and Watford recorded wins and Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton match ending in a 2:2 draw.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri gave a debut to the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, while another summer signing, Jorginho, scored a penalty in a 3-0 away win, with Pedro and N’Golo Kante also on target.
In the day’s late kick-off, Wolves twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at home with Everton. New £50m signing Richarlison scored twice on his debut, while Phil Jagielka was sent off five minutes before half-time.
In the early start, England’s World Cup stars Harry Kane and Dele Alli started against Newcastle in Tottenham’s 2-1 victory at St James’ Park.
Spurs needed goalline technology for their opener, as replays showed Jan Vertonghen’s header had crossed the line by 9mm. Joselu equalised for the Magpies, before Alli headed in the winner in the 18th minute.
Roberto Pereyra scored twice, including a stunning volley, as Watford beat Brighton 2-0.
Fulham’s return to the top flight ended in defeat as Jeffrey Schlupp and Wilfried Zaha gave Crystal Palace a 2-0 win at Craven Cottage, while fellow new boys Cardiff lost 2-0 to Bournemouth after goals from Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson.
Today’s matches will see West Ham at Liverpool, while Southhamptom hosts Burnley and Arsenal will play at Manchester City, which pundits consider the match of the day.
Please see full results of Friday and Saturday matches below:
Manchester United 2-1 Leicester City
Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
AFC Bournemouth 2-0 Cardiff City
Fulham 0-2 Crysal Palace
Huddersfield 0-3 Chelsea
Watford 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Wolverhampton Wanders 2-2 Everton