The biggest story of the opening weekend of the new Premier League season was Swansea’s stunning 2-1 victory over Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United at Old Trafford. Returning midfielders Ki Sung-Yueng and Gylfi Sigurdsson scored either side of a Wayne Rooney goal to secure Gary Monk’s team their first win at Old Trafford.
Newly promoted Leicester City secured a late draw at home to Everton through a Chris Wood strike. Aiden McGeady opened the scoring with his first Everton goal before Leonardo Ulloa equalised on his Foxes debut. Steven Naismith put Everton back in the lead but Martinez’s men were unable to hold on to the three points. QPR lost on their return to the Premier League as James Chester capitalised on some poor marking to head Hull ahead. Rangers had a chance to equalise from the spot as Chester was harshly punished for an alleged handball, but Alan McGregor saved Charlie Austin’s penalty.
Arsenal, fresh from their Community Shield victory, came from behind to beat manager-less Crystal Palace 2-1. Brede Hangeland headed Palace ahead, but Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey scored in injury time in each half to secure the win. Palace also had Jason Puncheon sent off. Arsenal’s north London rivals Spurs also opened their season with a win, 1-0 at West Ham. Spurs had Kyle Naughton sent off for blocking a goal bound shot with his arms, however Mark Noble sent the penalty wide. In the second half, things were evened up as James Collins was sent off for a second bookable offence. Débutante Eric Dier rescued Pochettino’s men as the defender broke through and scored in injury time.
At the Hawthorns, Lee Cattermole hit a superb opener to put Sunderland ahead but West Brom pulled level as Saido Berahino converted a very soft penalty. Berahino doubled his tally with a second half volley, but Seb Larsson rescued a late point for Sunderland. In the other match on Saturday, Aston Villa beat Stoke 1-0 through an Andreas Weimann goal, which Stoke’s Asmir Begovic would have felt he should have kept out .
On Sunday, champions Manchester City weren’t at their best as they edged past Newcastle 2-0. David Silva put the champions ahead after an excellent assist from Dzeko. But Newcastle responded well and had plenty of chances to equalise. Their inefficiency was punished as Sergio Aguero tidily finished in stoppage time to put City top of the league. Liverpool coped well without Luis Suarez as they narrowly beat Southampton 2-1. Raheem Sterling beat the offside trap to open the scoring, but Nathaniel Clyne powered in an equaliser after some nice interplay with Dusan Tadic. Southampton really should have taken the lead, but Morgan Schneiderlin crashed his effort against the bar whilst new signing Shane Long headed the follow up wide. Liverpool took full advantage of that, as Daniel Sturridge netted the winner after Southampton failed to clear the ball.
On Monday, newly promoted Burnley host championship favourites Chelsea.