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The best and worst opening days of every Premier League club in the modern era

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Everton and Liverpool scored in the opening days of the last Premier League. credit: PA Images

Premier League season is back! That’s why we’ve picked the best and worst opening days of the past 15 years for each top-flight team…

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Best: 6-1 v Everton (A) 09/10: Cesc Fabregas ran the show, scoring twice apart from goals from Denilson, Thomas Vermaelen, William Gallus and Eduardo. Everton landed lightly.

Worst: 1-3 V Villa (H) 13/14: Arsene Wenger blamed the referee after Arsenal accepted two penalties and sent off Laurent Koscielny after going ahead. He was heavily beaten up. clearly.

Aston Villa
Best: 3-1 vs. Arsenal (A) 13/14: As much as it was told about Arsenal’s woes, it was a very good comeback from Villa, who answered Olivier Giroud’s opener via Christian Benteke’s double and a late strike from Tony Moon.

Worst: 0-1 vs Sheffield Wednesday (A) 16/17: In the second leg, Villa’s first game in 28 years ended in a loss at Hillsborough when Pierluigi Golini gifted the Owls an 85th-minute winner.

Bournemouth
Best: 4-0 vs. Huddersfield (A) 14/15: There’s nothing remarkable about their previous Premier League openers, so we’re going to take the cherry back to Huddersfield, where Callum Wilson scored twice and missed a penalty for his hat-trick as Eddie Howe’s side struck in style. Started his championship promotion season.

Worst: 0-1 vs Aston Villa (H) 15/16: The Cherries’ first game in the Premier League ended in an opposing climax when Rudy Gestad gave Tim Sherwood’s side a narrow victory.

brentford
Best: 2-0 vs Arsenal (H) 21/22: The Bees made their Premier League debut on Friday night of the opening weekend with a fully-deserved win over the Gunners, delivered by goals from Sergi Canos and Christian Norgaard.

Worst: 0-1 v acquitted (A) 08/09: Reflecting how far the Bees have come, in 2008, they have since moved to Liquid Bury and lost 1–0 on the opening day of the League Two season. The start of the 2010/11 season was not much better: a 2–0 loss to Carlisle on a trek, but at least he was in League One.

Brighton
Best: 3-0 v Watford (A) 19/20: In Graham Potter’s first league match in charge, Brighton toppled the Hornets and Neil Maupay won on his debut days after becoming the club’s record signing.

Worst: 1-2V Leads (A) 13/14: Siegel made a 500-mile round trip to surrender a one-goal lead and lost to Luke Murphy’s last-minute goal at Elland Road.

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Chelsea
Best: 6-0 vs West Brom (H) 10/11: Chelsea started the season in 2010 with a baggy beating, thanks in no small part to hat-trick hero Didier Drogba.

Worst: 2-2 vs. Swansea (H) 15/16: Losing 3-2 to Burnley with nine men in 2017 was bad but it was early days in 2015 when it all began to settle for Jose Mourinho, when Diego Costa was awarded a point after Thibaut Courtois’ red card on Eva Carneiro’s day. Had to save Conflict.

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Best: 3-1 v Norwich (A) 15/16: Palace got lucky when Cameron Jerome dismissed a goal that would have taken it 2-2 with 15 minutes left, but Yohan Kabaye secured the point with a late third in the Eagles’ start.

Worst: 0-3 V Huddersfield (H) 17/18: The Frank de Boer era, if we may call it that, got off to a poor start with a humiliating home defeat for newly-innovated Town. It didn’t go well for the new Palace boss, before he was eliminated four games later.

Everton
Best: 1-0 vs Man Utd (H) 12/13: Everton’s opening-day record isn’t great, but the Toffees carried it in Monday Night football as Marouane Fellaini stole the show on Robin van Persie’s Manchester United debut.

Worst: 1-6 v Arsenal (H) 09/10: ‘The scoreline, if anything, was kind on David Moyes’ side,’ read Wire match report. Jolene Lescott wanted to go to Manchester City and played like she would anywhere other than Goodison.

fulham
Best: 5-0 vs. Norwich (H) 12/13: Fulham finished top of the Premier League table after beating Norwich at Craven’s Cottage, where Mladen Petrik scored twice on his debut.

Worst: 0-2 vs. Crystal Palace (H) 18/19: Fulham have lost all five of their opening day matches after being promoted to the top flight. Year: Liverpool. At least that was not expected after a spending spree in 2018, which was cut short by Palace’s home defeat.

Leeds
Best: 3-1 vs Stoke (H) 18/19: After serving up a regular diet of dog sh*t for the past decade and a half, Leeds fans can get their first taste of blsa-ball and how sweet football is. Stoke were the pre-season promotion favourites, but were blown away by Leeds, who won with goals from Mateusz Klich, Pablo Hernández and Liam Cooper.

Worst: 1-5 vs Man Utd (A) 21/22: In the last 15 years Leeds has had some miserable opening day trips like Scunthorpe, Tranmere and Exeter. But at least the whites left those places with points. What he found on the big stage at Old Trafford was an absolute hunch.

Leicester City
Best: 4-2 vs. Sunderland (H) 15/16: The first chapter of Fox’s story saw the hosts take a 3–0 lead in the opening 25 minutes as Claudio Ranieri enjoyed his first game in the Premier League for 11 years.

Worst: 1-2 V Hull (A) 16/17: Just as Leicester started out as they wanted to go a year earlier, the same can be said of their first game as defending champions at Casey Stadium. Fox played like they were on p*ss all summer, which they probably were. Fair dos.

liverpool
Best: 4-3 vs. Arsenal (A) 16/17: Despite Alberto Moreno’s all-out wasted effort, the Reds left the Emirates with three points after a brilliant second half and a brilliant brace from Philippe Coutinho.

Worst: 0-3 vs West Brom (A) 12/13: “I think there are three players that will disappoint us this year – the reason, the fight, everything. And I’ve already written them down … Make sure you’re not in the envelope.” After 24 hours…

Manchester City
Best: 4-0 vs. Swansea (H) 11/12: Beating West Ham 5-0 in 2019 was impressive, but Mill had more runs for the City side used to winning the league. In 2011, Sergio Aguero came off the bench to score a brace in the second half as City began their first title-winning season in style on Monday Night Football.

Worst: 2-4 vs Aston Villa (A) 08/09: A fortnight before the Sheikhs’ arrival, Mark Hughes’ team, which included Calvin Etuhu, Javier Garrido and Chad Evans, was broken by a hat-trick from Gabby Agbonlahor.

Manchester United
Best: 5-1V Leads (H) 21/22: United at Old Trafford’s first full house post-Covid unveiled Rafael Verne, before his new team tore Leeds to pieces with Bruno Fernandes securing a hat-trick. From there he went downhill rapidly.

Worst: 1-2 vs. Swansea (H) 14/15: Louis van Gaal’s first game in charge ended in an opposing climax, when Gilfi Sigurdsson scored United’s first opening-day defeat at home since 1972.

Newcastle
Best: 3-1 V BOLTON (A) 07/08: Sam Allardyce took his new Newcastle side to their old stomping ground and within 27 minutes saw the Magpies go 3-0 up. His form continued as the Toons won five and drew two of their opening nine games, but Big Sam departed in early January.

Worst: 0-4 vs Man City (A) 13/14: Newcastle were already down 2-0 when Steven Taylor sent himself to swing at Aguero at the stroke of half-time. Tim Krul had to make a series of brilliant saves to keep the score down.

Nottingham Forest
Best: 4-3 V Burton (H) 16/17: Forrest has won four of his five Premier League openers – but the most recent of them was in 1998. Far from top flight, the opening weekend hasn’t brought much joy in the past 15 years. Perhaps the most memorable was winning a seven-goal thriller against his local rivals to start Philippe Montanier’s reign.

Worst: 0-0 v Bournemouth (A) 07/08: A decade and a half ago, Colin Calderwood’s wilderness went to the South Coast for a goalless stalemate that was the start of a four without a win in League One. At least it got better from there and Forest ended the season with promotion.

southampton
Best: 1-0 vs West Brom (A) 13/14: Ricky Lambert scored a goal on his England debut by slotting in a last-minute penalty won by Luke Shaw in the days before the trip to The Hawthorns.

Worst: 1-4 vs. Crystal Palace (H) 07/08: A 3-0 loss at Burnley in the Premier League in 2019 sucked but being battered at home in the Championship and handing over a hat-trick to James Schocroft was even worse.

tottenham
Best: 1-0 vs West Ham (A) 14/15: Eric Dier scored a last-minute winner on his debut to give Spurs a London derby win at Upton Park and give Mauricio Pochettino his first win as manager in a match that ended 10v10.

Worst: 0-1 vs Sunderland (A) 07/08: Spurs’ record on the opening day was not very good, but a Michael Chopra goal almost knocked out the spot with the last kick almost lost to newly-innovated Sunderland.

West Ham
Best: 2-0 vs Arsenal (A) 15/16: Petr Cech was considered the answer to Arsenal’s goalkeeping problems, but the former Chelsea stopper made his debut in Hammer’s hearts with a decidedly ropy performance, gifting goals to Chekhou Kouett and Mauro Zarate as Slaven Bilic. Started winning. as the boss.

Worst: 0-1 v Tottenham (H) 14/15: Another London derby defeat at home in the last minute probably hurt more than a 5-0 hump by champions Man City in 2019.

Wolves
Best: 2-2 v Everton (A) 18/19: Wolves have won one of their Premier League openers – a 2-0 win over Sheffield United in 2020. But that was behind closed doors, and Wolves fans are sure to be reminded of their first game for six seasons in the Premier League when Nuno’s side impressed when they claimed late points at Goodison.

Worst: 0-0 vs. Preston (A) 13/14: Wolves took 5,000 at Deepdale for the first match of Kenny Jackett’s reign, only to witness a goalless League One stalemate for visiting fans.

An article on the best and worst openings of every Premier League club in the modern era first appeared on Football365.com.

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