EPL: Five Interesting Facts After Premier League Day One


The English Premier League got off to a fine start o August 10 with Manchester United’s 2-1 home victory over 2016 champions, Leicester City.

The Day one witnessed a basket of goals from all ten games with eight wins and two draws.

All games recorded goals except for Southampton vs Burnley.

Champions, Manchester City marched on to the Emirates stadium with the charge of a title defence and did not disappoint as they humbled Arsenal, in its first premiership game under Unai Emery, 0-2.

Goals from Raheem Sterling in the 14th minute and another from Bernardo Silva, 50 minutes later ensured Pep Guardiola smiled one over fellow Spaniard, Emery.

Here are five interesting facts in the premier league, after he day one matches

  1. Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba’s penalty inside three minutes made him the fastest goal scorer for United in the Premier League since 1999.

Pogba’s goal in four minutes earlier than Dwight Yorke’s goal in the 1999/2000 season game against Everton.

Pogba opens scoring for United and EPL season

  1.  Sadio Mane

A brace from Senegalese goal poacher, Sadio Mane in the opening day against West Ham confirmed him as the first player to score three consecutive times in season openers since 1991.

His first opening goal came in the 2016/2017 August 9 game against Arsenal at the Emirates which ended 3-4; the second come against Watford in a 3-3 draw on August 12 of the 2017/2018 season.

Sadio Mane scored his thrid consecutive league opening goal for Liverpool becoming the first player to do so

John Barnes is the last player to have neared this feat, scoring in two consecutive season openers – 1989/1990 and 1991/1992 seasons.

  1.  Chelsea

Goals from Ngolo Kante, Jorginho and Pedro ensured Chelsea maintained its 100% opening games away record.

The Blues have never lost an opening game away from home since 1998.

Chelsea win in premiership opening day.

Their last defeat was in the hands of Coventry City on August 15.

  1. Mane and Salah

The combination of Senegal international, Sadio Mane and Egyptian, Mohamed Salah, for Liverpool makes them the first African players to score in the opening league games for club in their debut season and the next after that.

Salah joined the Reds in 2017 and scored the final goal in the league opener against Watford; Mane netted the opener in the 29th minute.

The Senegalese debuted for Liverpool in the premiership during the 2016/2017 season where he scored the club’s last against Arsenal.

Liverpool duo, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have both scored for the club in two consecutive season openers after their debut season. They are first Africans to achieve such for one club.

Mane and Salah both scored in the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 season openers.

  1. Arsenal

Sunday’s defeat in the hands of Manchester City made it the second time Arsenal would lose at home in a season opener without scoring a single goal, since the last ten years; the first is a 0-2 loss to West Ham in 2015/2016.

Arsenal lose 0-2 to Manchester City in league opening day

Arsenal has since the last ten years, opened the season eight times at home (4 W, 4L, 3D), scoring 18 and conceding 17 goals.

The three draws were from the 2010/2011 through 2012/2013 seasons.


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