Premier League kicks off with a bang
The Premier League is back! And actually, it was quite exciting.
August 20th, 2012
OK, so if you’re a fan of Norwich or QPR, you’re probably not looking forward to the next nine months, but other than that, there was plenty to keep people interested.
The Brendan Rodgers era started with Liverpool losing 3-0 to West Brom. Of course, nobody in or around Anfield is panicking, which is why Rodgers dropped from 20/1 to 8/1 over the weekend to be the first manager to be sacked this season.
“It was just a bad day at the office,” said Rodgers, before contradicting himself by adding “It’s going to take time.” So far at least, the new philosophy isn’t working.
Elsewhere, West Ham and Reading both avoided defeat in their openers and it was almost an unbeaten start for all of the promoted sides, but Southampton’s brave fight faltered late on against Manchester City.
After taking a 2-1 lead with 22 minutes to go, goals from Edin Dzeko and Samir Nasri rescued the three points for the champions but, on yesterday’s evidence, the Saints might do alright. Oh, and for the pub quiz geeks amongst you, this was only the eighth game in Premier League history in which three substitutes scored – Rickie Lambert and Steven Davis adding to Dzeko’s score.
Chelsea, and in particular, Eden Hazard, looked very good as they overcame Wigan at the DW and Newcastle also impressed as they beat fellow Champions League / Europa League place contenders Tottenham.
Our caps are also doffed to Fulham and Swansea this week, for their 5-0 victories over Norwich and QPR respectively, whilst the mention of the week has to go to Ross County in the SPL, who came within seconds on a famous victory against Celtic.