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Spotkik’s Premier League update for Season 2017-2018, Week 1, highlights a humiliating home loss for last season Champions, Chelsea, in the hands of Burnley, and a fiery season opener between Super Cup winners Arsenal and Leicester City.

Arsenal 4-3 Leicester

Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud came off the bench to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat for Arsenal, who opened the 2017-18 Premier League season with a 7-goal thriller against Leicester City.

Arsene Wenger’s record signing, Alexandre Lacazette, scored the season opener after just 94 seconds, which brought out the beast in the visitors. Wenger’s  back three collapsed as Shinji Okazaki leveled matters just few minutes after Lacazette’s. Danny Welbeck leveler was sandwiched by Jamie Vardy’s brace.

Leicester seemed like they would spoil Arsenal’s party as they were ahead 10 minutes before the end of regulation time. Wenger, however, turned things around as he called upon additional firepower in the form of Aaron Ramsey and Giroud, and they did that inside the final seven minutes. Just before the turn of things, the visitors had introduced former Manchester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho.

Goals: Lacazette 2′, Welbeck 47′Ramsey 83′Giroud 85′ — Okazaki 5′Vardy 29′56′

Chelsea 2-3 Burnley

Reigning EPL Champions Chelsea have started their title defence at Stanford Bridge on a poor note, as a Sam Vokes brace and Stephen Ward gave Burnley a well deserved win over the Blues who had two players sent off.

Gary Cahill was the first to giving marching orders after only 14 minutes for a rash challenge on Steven Defour. The Blues never seemed to recover since that moment. Vokes replied positively despite having his earlier effort disallowed when he volleyed in the opener, followed up by a stunner from Ward few minutes before half-time.

As the game faded away, Chelsea did not let their inferior numbers deter them from fighting back to get a more respectable scoreline. It was David Luiz in who pulled another back in the 88th minute.

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Antonio Conte’s men failed to prevent Burnley from stealing all 3 points, despite the visitors losing key men, Michael Keane and Adre Gray during the summer transfer window. The Italian tactician did not start Morata, but handed debut starts to Antonio Rudiger and Jeremie Boga. Conte will have to go back to the drawing board as he will be comforted by the availability of Nigerian international, Victor Moses for their next tie.

Goals: Morata 69′, Luiz 88′ — Vokes 24′, 43′, Ward 39′

Crystal Palace 0-3 Huddersfield

Premier League new entrants, Huddersfield, started their campaign brightly after they overcame Crystal Palace for another EPL away win in Round 1.

A new record was set by the Terriers, for becoming the first team to score their first Premier League goal from an own-goal. Record signing Steve Mounie struck twice after Joel Ward’s own goal had put David Wagner’s side ahead.

Goals: Ward o.g. 23′, Mounie 26′, 78′

Everton 1-0 Stoke

Wayne Rooney marked his Premier League return to Goodison Park with a dream winning goal as Everton got their 2017/18 season off to the bright start. Rooney by so doing, how now been involved in a total of 300 Premier League goals from 199 goals and 101 assists. Only Alan Shearer has a higher tally of 324.

The first stanza was heading to a boring end when Rooney popped up to send Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s cross in, which proved enough to earn the Toffees a deserved three points on Merseyside.

Everton manager, Ronald Koeman, started all five of his key summer signings, with Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, Sandro Ramirez and Rooney all taking their places in the starting XI. Stoke boss Mark Hughes, likewise, started new boys Kurt Zouma and Darren Fletcher.

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Goal: Rooney 45′

Southampton 0-0 Swansea

It was a boring stalemate at St Mary’s, as Southampton toiled but to no avail in spite of a late flurry of pressure, and Swansea failed to manage a shot on target.

Saints’ new signing Mario Lemina was an unused substitute on the south coast, as was Swans new boy Roque Mesa, but there was a start up front for Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham

Watford 3-3 Liverpool

Miguel Britos denied Liverpool an opening-day win for the first time since 2012/13 season, with a last-gasp equalizer at extra time for Watford at Vicarage Road.

The Hornet twice led in this six-goal thriller, opening the scoring through Italian-Nigerian striker Stefano Okaka, but Sadio Mane drew the visitors level after 30 minutes of play. Again, Watford went ahead within three minutes when Abdoulaye Doucoure finished from close range just before half-time.

Liverpool came back fighting and grabbed an equalizer 10 minutes into the second half after a well taken Roberto Firmino spot kick.  Jurgen Klopp’s side then went ahead for the first time through summer signing and Egyptian international Mohammed Salah.

Having squandered numerous chances, the Reds were punished deep into injury time when Uruguayan defender Britos leveled late.

Goals: Okaka 8′, Doucoure 32′, Britos 90′ — Mane 29′, Firmino 55′, Salah 57′

West Brom 1-0 Bournemouth

Tony Pulis’ new signing, Ahmed Hegazi proved he was up to the new challenge at The Hawthorns by heading in a winning debut goal from Chris Brunt’s set-piece to give West Brom a deserved win.

Jermain Defoe came off the bench for the Cherries, but he could not salvage anything for Eddie Howe’s side who return home without a point.

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Goal: Hegazy 31′

Spotkik Premier League Update for Sunday matches to follow.

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