The opening weekend of the 2020/21 Premier League Season was full of thrills and spills. Some teams put in excellent performances, while others looked well off the pace. Here at Sports Obsessive, we will provide you with all the major talking points from the games each weekend, along with some things you may have missed, as well as our new Performance of the Week feature.
Week 1 Scores:
Fulham 0-3 Arsenal
Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton
Liverpool 4-3 Leeds United
West Ham United 0-2 Newcastle United
West Brom 0-3 Leicester City
Tottenham 0-1 Everton
Sheffield United 0-2 Wolves
Brighton 1-3 Chelsea
Impressive Debut From Willian
Brazilian winger Willian made his Premier League debut for Arsenal on Saturday following his arrival from Chelsea last month and put in an impressive performance as the Gunners came away from Craven Cottage with a 3-0 win. The former Chelsea man had a major impact as he created a large number of chances, as well as being heavily involved in the build-up to all three goals. His manager will have no doubt been impressed by his performance and fans will be hoping he can continue in a similar vein in the coming weeks, with fixtures against Liverpool and Manchester City coming up in the next month.
Liverpool vs Leeds – Early Game of the Season Contender?
The large majority of us will have expected an entertaining game when these two sides met on Saturday evening, but what we got was one of the best opening day fixtures in history. There was end-to-end action throughout, providing some stunning football and some magnificent goals to go alongside it. Leeds will have impressed a lot of people with how they pressured Liverpool into mistakes and they were very unlucky not to secure at least a draw from what was one of their best offensive performances under Marcelo Bielsa’s coaching. If they iron out their defensive issues, they’ll pick up a lot of victories this season.
West Ham Woes Carry On Into New Season
If Newcastle’s performance on Saturday night contained a number of positives, the same cannot be said of their opponents, West Ham. After narrowly steering clear of relegation last season, many of the same problems were evident as the Hammers suffered a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle, who looked much sharper in attack with new signing Callum Wilson leading the line. The Magpies created a number of chances, as West Ham left huge gaps defensively. They created some good chances during the game, but lacked the finishing touch. They’ll need to solve these issues quickly or they could find themselves struggling at the bottom end of the table once more.
Mourinho Struggling to Get Good Performances Out of His Players
It’s almost 10 months now since Jose Mourinho took charge of this Tottenham Hotspur side and it wouldn’t be exaggerating to say that they are yet to have an excellent performance under his management. The large majority of their wins look like major struggles, while the losses, particularly against mid table sides, has players often looking laboured and lethargic, much as they were on Sunday against Everton, as the Toffees constantly exposed the gaps on Tottenham’s right side, led by the attack-minded Matt Doherty. The incoming arrival of Real Madrid pair Sergio Reguilon and former Spurs man Gareth Bale will add substantial quality to the team, but Mourinho must also find a tactical solution to Tottenham’s problems.
Wolves Possibly the Best Counter-Attacking Side in England?
Wolves put in a very strong performance against Sheffield United on Monday evening, scoring both of their goals within the opening 6 minutes of their victory at Bramall Lane. They have been superb in their consistency since their promotion to the Premier League in 2018 and have possibly built one of the best counter-attacking sides in England, if not the whole of Europe. Each season, they seem to get better, from the passing abilities of Ruben Neves, to the pace of Adama Traore and the finishing ability of Raul Jimenez, Wolves could have another successful Premier League season, but they’ll be hoping to add some silverware this time around.
Performance of the Week
It’s not often that a side that concede four goals in a game will be considered to have the best performance of the week, but an exception must be made on this occasion for Leeds United. Newly promoted, they took on one of the world’s best teams in the exact same way they took on all 23 opponents in the Championship last season. They pressed high up the pitch, played some absolutely stunning football and scored three goals at Anfield, something only Chelsea and Manchester City have done since 2018. They looked more than good enough for the Premier League on Saturday evening, and with Marcelo Bielsa in charge, you can’t imagine much going wrong.