Here are some of the biggest surprises from the Premier League’s opening games.
The Premier League finally returned this weekend after what felt like a very long summer.
The transfer window has seen some of the biggest names in the world climb into the English top flight while others have departed.
The new season began again with an away game for Arsenal on Friday night, but this time they managed to take all three points from Crystal Palace – a year after they were embarrassed by Brentford in their first Premier League game.
The opening weekend certainly did not disappoint and as usual there was plenty of drama and surprises to be seen.
Here are four of the biggest talking points from round one…
Fulham scare Liverpool
Liverpool were definitely one of the bankers to win at the weekend when they took on newly promoted Fulham, with Cottagers being favorites to face relegation this season.
However, Marco Silva’s team shocked the Reds as they dominated most of the game.
They could have won easily at Craven Cottage but it was the sheer quality of Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez that prevented them from taking all three points.
While Liverpool avoided defeat, it was certainly a very worrying performance from the side.
Tottenham continues to dominate
Tottenham Hotspur raised a few eyebrows when they named a starting line-up that didn’t include a single one of their newcomers.
Ivan Perisic, Djed Spence, Clement Lenglet and Yves Bissouma all started from the bench, while Richarlison was suspended after throwing a flare in the stands in Everton’s win over Chelsea last season.
Despite falling behind early on, Spurs dominated and put in an outstanding performance to enjoy a comfortable 4-1 win.
Fans were very excited to see how far Spurs could go with their new signings, but yesterday’s game showed just how good they can be without them.
Aston Villa does not live up to expectations
Aston Villa’s summer transfer window is considered one of the best in the Premier League after five signings.
Philippe Coutinho and Robin Olsen’s moves became permanent, while Diego Carlos, Ludwig Augustinsson and Boubacar Kamara joined the club.
The Villans squad looked much stronger and with a team like this Steven Gerrard’s side had much higher expectations of their head.
With the owners backing the boss with big bucks, there will be a lot of pressure on Gerrard if he doesn’t deliver early.
It was definitely not a very good start for the Liverpudlians as Villa were beaten 2-0 by newly promoted Bournemouth.
The arrival of Carlos was supposed to improve their defense but instead their defense looked utterly clueless – arguably a worse version of last season’s defence.
The Midlands club need to beat Everton next weekend or questions will be raised early on.
The Red Devils’ déjà vu
Manchester United were defeated 4-0 by Brighton & Hove Albion in May and fans were quick to forget the humiliating defeat.
They were all set for redemption as they were paired with the Seagulls for their opening day game, with Erik ten Hag also looking for his first win.
Sporting a slick new home kit and featuring Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen, the Red Devils will be confident of securing a comfortable three points at Old Trafford.
However, it felt like we came back in the middle of the 2021/22 season as United failed to perform and were soon down 2-0 after just 40 minutes.
An Alexis Mac Allister own goal in the second half gave United a glimmer of hope but they never really looked to get it back.
Fans have been left disappointed while another bad result raises questions as to whether anyone can actually turn their fortunes around.