Tuesday 17 June 2014
With the 2014/15 season's Barclays Premier League fixture list being released on 18 June at 9am BST, we look back to the opening weekend of the previous campaign. It was a matchweek in which reigning champions Manchester United won comfortably, Arsenal lost at home for the only time that season, Ross Barkley scored his first Everton goal and Manchester City showed the form that was to make them champions.
Liverpool 1-0 Stoke City Match report >>
In the early kick-off Liverpool were without the suspended Luis Suarez and got their campaign off to an edgy start. Daniel Sturridge scored the only goal, his seventh in six Barclays Premier League appearances shortly before half-time to beat the Potters. Stoke had a great chance to equalise near the end, but Jonathan Walters' 89th-minute penalty was saved by Simon Mignolet.
Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa Match report >>
Aston Villa caused the biggest upset on the opening day as they won at Emirates Stadium for the third time, a record that can be matched only by Chelsea. It turned out to be Arsenal’s only home defeat of the season as Christian Benteke scored twice from the spot, the first time that the Gunners had conceded two penalties in the same Barclays Premier League match since February 2011 against Newcastle United.
Norwich City 2-2 Everton Match report >>
It was a match to remember for Ross Barkley, 19, who scored a stunning goal from outside the penalty area, his first for Everton. It was Norwich’s first home Barclays Premier League defeat to Everton in seven matches and the result meant that meant the Canaries had not won on the opening day of a Barclays Premier League season in any of the previous 11 seasons (D6 L5), a run stretching back to 1992/93, when they beat Arsenal 4-2.
Sunderland 0-1 Fulham Match report >>
An ultimately disappointing season for Fulham got off to a bright start when Pajtim Kasami scored the only goal shortly after half-time. The Switzerland forward extended the Cottagers’ good form at Sunderland to make them unbeaten in their last five Barclays Premier League trips to the Stadium of Light (W2 D3). However, it was a start of a miserable run on the road for Fulham, who would go on to lose 13 of their remaining 18 away matches.
West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Southampton Match report >>
Rickie Lambert continued his perfect record from the penalty spot as he converted his 29th in as many league attempts to give Southampton a win in stoppage-time. It was the start of a dream season for Lambert, who scored 13 goals and was included in the England squad for the FIFA World Cup. Southampton picked up where they left off at the end of the previous campaign, as a clean sheet meant that they had conceded just two goals in their last six Barclays Premier League away matches. As for the Baggies, it was a result that meant they had just one win in their last ten league games going back into the previous season.
West Ham United 2-0 Cardiff City Match report >>
A comfortable win for the Hammers in the opening game and relief for winger Matt Jarvis who, after creating the most chances without an assist in the Barclays Premier League in the 2012/13 season (46), set up Joe Cole's goal in the opening quarter of the game. Kevin Nolan added a second in a win to savour for the home fans, as West Ham triumphed in just one of their next ten at Upton Park, a run that went to the end of January. It was a day to forget for Cardiff City who had been promoted as winners of the Championship as they registered just one shot on target.
Swansea City 1-4 Manchester United Match report >>
It was a dream start to the season and a new era for the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League champions, under the management of David Moyes. They won in south Wales in the day’s late match thanks to braces from Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck. However, United's form quickly disappeared as they went on to lose three of their next five league games, including two at Old Trafford. New Swansea City signing, Wilfried Bony, made an instant impact when he scored with his first shot on target in the Barclays Premier League.
Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur Match report >>
In the first of Sunday’s double-header, Tottenham Hotspur secured a narrow win at Selhurst Park after new signing Roberto Soldado converted a penalty five minutes into the second half, on his competitive debut. For newly promoted Crystal Palace, it was a proud day for Kevin Phillips who became the third outfield player (after Teddy Sheringham and Gordon Strachan) to appear in the Barclays Premier League over the age of 40.
Chelsea 2-0 Hull City Match report >>
After nearly six years away, Jose Mourinho’s first league match back in charge of Chelsea was a good one as he extended his record at Stamford Bridge to 61 league matches without defeat. Frank Lampard missed a penalty early on, but made amends shortly afterwards with a spectacular free-kick to double Chelsea’s lead, after Oscar's opening strike. Hull, back in the Barclays Premier League after a three-year absence, continued their miserable form at Stamford Bridge, having not won any of their last 20 competitive away matches there (L15 D5). The match also had the first prominent use of the Goal Decision System which had been introduced over the summer, as Hull goalkeeper, Allan McGregor, saved Branislav Ivanovic’s header at the second attempt on the goalline and any queries as to whether the ball had crossed the line were quelled by there being no indication on the officials' watches.
Man City 4-0 Newcastle United Match report >>
Eventual Barclays Premier League winners Manchester City started their season with a win typical of their overall season. They scored the first four of 63 home goals and 102 in total. Newcastle’s challenge was made more difficult as defender Steven Taylor was sent off just before half-time. Yaya Toure again proved tough to handle for the Magpies as he scored his fourth goal in four Barclays Premier League appearances against them. City stretched their run of scoring in consecutive home league matches to 51 and it was also a special day for David Silva, who after scoring 14 league goals for City previously, scored his first with his head.