Liverpool & Man City open EPL season in style

Published Sunday, August 12, 2018 3:34 PM by Shane Barrow

The two favorites look fine as both Liverpool and Manchester City opened their English Premier League seasons in fine fashion.  Liverpool dispatched West Ham 4-0 while Manchester City took out Arsenal by a 2-0 scoreline.  The rivals are expected to battle it out this year for the title unless a Chelsea, tottenham or Manchester United can throw their hat in the race.

Liverpool welcomed West Ham to Anfield and proceeded to take care of business.  The offense was once again in form as West Ham simply provided little resistance all afternoon.  It took less than 20 minutes for Egyptian hero Mohamed Salah to find the net as he tapped in from close range.  From there Sadio Mane added a pair to put the game out of reach. 

New keeper Allison had barely a touch before Sturridge scored on his first touch of the game after arriving as a substitute to finish the scoring.  Once again Liverpool look to be dynamic in the attack with the ability to score goals in bunches.

The marquee match of the opening weekend pitted champions Manchester City traveling to The Emirates to welcome Arsenal and new boss Unai Emery.  The expectations were dampened immediately as City bossed possession and attack.  The were rewarded shortly after as Raheem Sterling netted the opener.

Arsenal were anything but fluid in the attack.  Chances to counter were present but the gunners were rarely able to link up in the final third to create the massive chance.  Ederson was a one man turnover machine in the Manchester goal making several errant, dangerous passes, but Arsenal never pounced.  A peach of a goal from Bernardo Silva sent the final message that the champions were intent on a long reign.

Elsewhere on the weekend Tottenham made the difficult trip to Newcastle and came away 2-1 winners.  A very solid road result.  Manchester United looked quite average taking care of Leicester 2-1 at Old Trafford.  Newly promoted Cardiff and Fulham were welcomed rudely with losses while Wolves grabbed a draw against ten man Everton.  New-look Cheslea looked good with a comprehensive 3-0 road win at Huddersfield.

Next week the big fixture is Cheslea welcoming Arsenal to Stamford Bridge.  Arsenal needs a result to avoid a two loss start to the season which could start turning fans against the new boss.  Liverpool face A tricky jaunt to face Crystal Palace while Manchester City and Tottenham have their home openers.