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First fixture gives hope to Salah and Vardy's record pursuit

15 Jun 2021
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Liverpool and Leicester stars can target a record after learning their opening 2021/22 opponents

When the 2021/22 Premier League fixtures were released on Wednesday, Mohamed Salah and Jamie Vardy will have paid special attention to their first opponents of the season.

See: Premier League 2021/22 fixtures released

That is because the Liverpool and Leicester City strikers have their sights on the record for most goals scored on the competition's opening day.

Both players have six goals in Matchweek 1 fixtures, only two behind the tally of Alan ShearerFrank Lampard and Wayne Rooney.

Most opening-weekend goals
Player MW1 goals
Alan Shearer 8
Frank Lampard 8
Wayne Rooney 8
Teddy Sheringham 7
Sergio Aguero 7
Louis Saha 6
Didier Drogba 6
Jamie Vardy 6
Mohamed Salah 6

So Salah and Vardy must have been happy to learn their first opponents of the new season will be Norwich City and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively.  

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Salah faced promoted Norwich on the opening day of 2019/20 and scored the second goal in a 4-1 win. 

The Egyptian went one better last term when he struck a hat-trick in a 4-3 win against Leeds United at Anfield, becoming only the second player in Premier League history to score on the opening day of four consecutive seasons, after Teddy Sheringham.

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Vardy's Matchweek 1 opponents finished 13th in 2020/21 and he too enjoyed a prolific opening day last year.

The 34-year-old scored two penalties in a 3-0 win at West Bromwich Albion, and has netted in four of Leicester's last six opening-weekend matches overall.

See: How MW1 unfolded in 2020/21

Remember, you can get all 380 fixtures sent directly to your mobile device by using the Premier League's digital calendar at pl.ecal.com.

See: Everything you need to know about the 2021/22 fixtures

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