Premier League review – Saturday 18 August
Fulham and Swansea are the early Premier League leaders after both teams scored five goals on the opening day of the season, with the Swans particularly impressive when winning 5-0 at QPR.
August 18th, 2012
Michael Laudrup has a tough act to follow at the Liberty Stadium, although Michu and Nathan Dyer both chipped in with braces before wantaway forward Scott Sinclair added further gloss to the scoreline.
Over at Craven Cottage, Mladen Petric enjoyed a debut to remember as the Croatian bagged a brace as part of the 5-0 rout against Norwich City.
Damien Duff got the ball rolling against the Canaries, while Kacaniklic and Sidwell scored goals four and five.
Arsenal were surprisingly thwarted at home to Sunderland, with substitute Olivier Giroud missing a gilt-edged chance to score the winner, while Reading were thankful to a late Adam Le Fondre penalty to secure a point against Stoke City.
There was a surprise result at The Hawthorns where West Brom thrashed Liverpool 3-0 to ensure a dream managerial debut for Steve Clarke, who saw Gera, Odewingie and Lukaku score for the Baggies.
Daniel Agger was sent off for the Reds to cap a miserable afternoon for Brendan Rodgers, with Paul Lambert also defeated in his first game since a high-profile switch. Aston Villa went down 1-0 at West Ham.
Premier League Scores
Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland
Fulham 5-0 Norwich
QPR 0-5 Swansea
Reading 1-1 Stoke
West Brom 3-0 Liverpool
West Ham 1-0 Aston Villa