By Matabo Manala
The Premier League is back, it’s now more exciting and unpredictable than before. The league kicked off first match, when Leicester City, the Premier League champions, went to the KC Stadium to face newly promoted side Hull City on Saturday afternoon.
The league champions of England started off the league campaign on a bad note when Hull City gave them their defeat which left Claudio Raneiri not pleased with his players performance. First goal scored by Hull City came from Abel Hernandez then Leicester’s Riyaad Mahrez converted on the spot to make it 1-1 but Robert Snodgrass had another thing coming for the champions when he took the Tigers in the lead to make it 2-1.
Pep Guardiola started his Premier League campaign on a good path when his Manchester City side secured a 2-1 win against David Moyes’ Sunderland. Goals by Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling, while Jermain Defoe scored to make it 2-1. This put Manchester City in position four on the league standings.
On Sunday afternoon, Manchester United travelled to the Vitality Stadium to go up against AFC Bournemoouth and did the Red Devils prove to the rest of the league that they are the team to watch when they won the game at 3-1.Goals by Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimoviҫ saw United lead the league table while Bournemouth are lying at the bottom of the table.
Later in the day, the Gunners went up against Liverpool in an entertaining and mesmerising match at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal forward, Theo Walcott put his team in front when he scored in the 18 area where earlier he had missed the penalty. As half time approached, Liverpool’s attacking midfielder, Phillipe Coutinho had equalised from scoring a dipping free kick. In the second half, Adam Lallana scored from a sublime cross that came from Georginio Wijnaldum to put the Reds in the lead by 2 goals to 1. A few minutes later, Nathaniel Clyne had put a cross for Coutinho to score his second goal of the match and make 3-1. New Liverpool player, Sadio Mané scored the fourth goal to make it 4-1 as he drifted through the weakened Arsenal defence. Substitue Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored the second goal for his team to make it 4-2 once Sadio Mane scored a few seconds ago. As the game progressed, Arsenal defender Callum Chambers scored from a set-piece that was delivered in the box to make it 4-3. Unfortunately, Arsenal has lost their second opening match of the season at the Emirates Stadium when they hosted West Ham United last season and now Liverpool yesterday.
Tonight sees 2014/15 champions Chelsea go up against last season’s 6th placed team in West Ham United at Stamford Bridge this evening. Chelsea last season failed to beat the Hammers in both their home and away 2015/16 campaign and hope that they can get the better of their Londonm rivals. Kickoff is at 21:00 (South African time – GMT +2).