Newly promoted English premier league (EPL) clubs, Fulham and Leeds United have been given a warning of a no easy ride in the 2020/21 season as they lost their first games in the top flight league following their promotion from the Skybet champions last season.
Playing in an early kick-off on matchday 1, Fulham welcomed Arsenal at the Craven Cottage in a London derby and the gunners made sure they give themselves confidence for a good season with a convincing 3-0 over the newcomers.
French international Alexander Lacazette opened the scoring for Arsenal in the 8th minute but the goal did not disturb the home side as it continued playing good classic football but failed to find an equaliser until half time.
Four minutes into the second half, Gabriel had icing on the cake when he scored in his debut match before Gabonese international Pierre Emerick Aubameyang hammered the last nail in the 59th minute to give Arsenal a flying start to the new season.
In another match at the Anfield, Liverpool started their title defence with a 4-3 win over resilient Leeds United in a match that has seen Leeds United outlining a good statement that they are to fight for a place in the top league.
Egyptian Mohammad Salah opened the scoring for Liverpool in the 4th minute before Harrison levelled matters for the premier league returnee’s Leeds United. 8 minutes later, Dutchman Vigil Van Dijk registered himself on the score sheet to put the Reds in front but Bamford cancelled the lead just on the half-hour mark.
In the 33rd minute, Salah scored his second goal of the match from the penalty spot after a Leeds United defender handled the ball in the box which gave the defending champions relief as they led 3-2 at half time.
In the second half, Leeds united came guns blazing as they looked for an equaliser which came on the 66th minute through Klich but when everyone thought the two sides will share points, Fabinho created a chance for Salah to complete his hat-trick from the penalty spot after he was fouled in the box for Liverpool to win the match 4-3.
At Selhurst Park, a lone goal from Ivory coast international Wilfred Zaha was enough to give Crystal Palace maximum points as they defeated Southampton 1-0.
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