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MW1 stats: Chelsea join Man Utd and Arsenal in elite club

15 Sep 2020
Zouma and James, Chelsea

Blues reach points milestone with win at Brighton as we look at the standout numbers from the opening weekend

Playing the final fixture of Matchweek 1 was worth the wait for Chelsea as they beat Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday to become only the third club to reach a Premier League points milestone.

For more on this and all the must-know facts from the opening weekend, read below. To see the reports and key data for the matches, click on the results. 

Willian, Arsenal

Willian is the first player to assist two goals on his Premier League debut for Arsenal since Ray Parlour in August 1992 against Liverpool.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton

Wilfried Zaha secured Crystal Palace's first-ever opening-weekend home win in the Premier League.

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool

Mohamed Salah is the first Liverpool player to score a hat-trick in MW1 of a league season since John Aldridge in 1988/89 and is also only the ninth player overall to do so in an opening-weekend Premier League match.

Jeff Hendrick, Newcastle

Jeff Hendrick both scored and assisted in a Premier League match for the first time, in what was his 123rd appearance. 

Timothy Castagne, Leicester

Timothy Castagne became the fifth Belgian to score on their Premier League debut, after Luc Nilis, Thomas Vermaelen, Christian Benteke and Leandro Trossard.

James Rodriguez

James Rodriguez created five chances, the most by a player on his Premier League debut since Alexis Sanchez for Arsenal against Crystal Palace in August 2014.

Sheffield United 0-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Raul Jimenez’s opener, after two minutes and 19 seconds, was Wolves' quickest goal in a Premier League match since February 2011, when Matt Jarvis netted against Blackpool after one minute and 56 seconds.

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-3 Chelsea

This victory earned Chelsea their 2,000th point in the Premier League (1,077 matches). They are only the third side to achieve this feat since the competition began in 1992, after Manchester United (2,234) and Arsenal (2,014).

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