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Chelsea and Tottenham open Premier League campaign with wins

Chelsea and Tottenham open Premier League campaign with wins
Chelsea and Tottenham open Premier League campaign with wins August 12, 2018 August 12, 2018 David Nugent
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As we all know Premier League season 2018/19 kicked off with Manchester United recording a 2-1 win over Leicester on Friday night. Saturday saw the campaign really kick-off with six games taking place. Here is the pick of the action:

Tottenham win at Newcastle

Tottenham kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 2-1 win at Newcastle. All the goalscoring action took place in the first 18 minutes, as the visitors hit the ground running in the top-flight.

Spurs took the lead on eight minutes, as centre-back Jan Vertonghen’s header at the far post somehow found its way over the line. The lead lasted just three minutes though, as Spanish striker Joselu headed home from a superb Matt Ritchie cross.

However, the visitors scored the winner on 18 minutes with another header, this time Dele Alli heading home from another excellent delivery from Serge Aurier.

After much talk of Tottenham failing to strengthen in the summer transfer market, a win in their opening league game will have come as a welcome relief to everybody connected with the club.

Sarri kick-offs Chelsea reign with a win

New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri kicked-off his reign at Stamford Bridge with a comfortable 3-0 win at Huddersfield Town.

The Blues took the lead through an unlikely source on 34 minutes, as defensive midfielder N’Golo Kante miss-hit a shot on goal that bounced up and over Huddersfield goalkeeper Ben Hamer.

Sarri’s team doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time. Christopher Schindler fouled Marcos Alonso in the penalty area, and summer signing Jorginho scored with the resulting spot-kick.

Chelsea wrapped the three points with ten minutes left on the clock, as Eden Hazard produced some good footwork and found Pedro, who dinked the ball over Hamer.

The victory was a good start for the new Blues boss, as he looks to restore the London club to title challengers this season. Huddersfield were not terrible despite the scoreline and these are not the games they need to win to survive this season.

Honours even at Molineux

In the Premier League’s late kick-off Wolves and Everton drew 2-2 in a highly entertaining game. Everton took the lead through new signing Richarlison on 17 minutes. Michael Keane headed on a Leighton Baines free kick, and the Toffees summer signing could not miss from close-range.

Everton looked comfortable until the 41st minute when Phil Jagielka lunged for the ball and took out Diogo Jota, who looked through on goal. Referee Craig Pawson had no hesitation in dismissing the former England international.

The Merseysiders were doubly punished, albeit from a much different position to were the free-kick was awarded, as Ruben Neves produced a fantastic free-kick past Jordan Pickford.

Wolves failed to make their extra man count and Everton were ahead again on 67 minutes. Cenk Tosun held the ball up then found Richarlison, who advanced into the penalty area and bent an effort superbly past Rui Patricio in the home goal.

The home side rescued a point with just ten minutes left on the clock. Neves produced a fantastic ball over the top of Keane to Raul Jimenez, who headed past Jordan Pickford in the visitors goal.

A draw was a fair reflection on the game. However, both sides will be disappointed not to have won the game. Wolves will be disappointed to have drawn the game having played against ten men for over half the game, while Everton will feel disappointed not have held the lead.

Other Premier League Results:

Bournemouth 2-0 Cardiff

Fulham 0-2 Crystal Palace

Watford 2-0 Brighton

Who pulled off the result of the weekend in the Premier League?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a soccer fan and writer who has spent the last decade sharing his opinion and spreading news about the beautiful game across the internet. The lifelong Everton fan has written for numerous sports websites, plus an international soccer magazine where he covered the Premier League, the Bundesliga and various youth international tournaments.