Premier League takeaways: Liverpool held by Fulham, Americans shine for Leeds, Tottenham dominate – CBS Sports

Premier League takeaways: Liverpool held by Fulham, Americans shine for Leeds, Tottenham dominate - CBS Sports

After Arsenal restarted the Premier League on Friday with a 2-0 win over Crystal, the first full day of league action on Saturday had all the action you could want. It started with an upset, continued to Americans making waves, a defender scoring an absolute peach of a goal, and ended, well, maybe the less said about the way it ended the better, as Everton and Chelsea played sour, grinding out a 1-0 victory for Thomas Tuchel’s side. Let’s go to some takeaways.

Liverpool need Nunez to salvage a point

The Premier League resumed in typical style on Saturday with a 2-2 draw between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage. Nunez hit the ground running on his full debut recording a goal and an assist with Mohamed Salah on the other end of each but it was a mistake from Virgil van Dijk that would prove costly.

Jurgen Klopp’s men took their time to get going and it was the newly promoted hosts who went ahead through Aleksandar Mitrovic’s header. Part of an early second half double change for Liverpool saw Darwin Nunez make his debut and the Uruguayan didn’t take long to pull the Reds level. A tie only lasted less than 10 minutes, however, as Mitrovic doubled his tally from the penalty spot and left the visitors facing defeat. Mitrovic lost the ball but a penalty was awarded and confirmed after a VAR review.

Nunez came to the rescue with nine minutes remaining as he teed up Mo Salah to level and maintain his incredible opening day record of scoring in all six fixtures with Liverpool. Ultimately, it was a point earned by Klopp’s men as Fulham beat them on numerous occasions while Marco Silva’s Cottagers will have been encouraged by their spirited display. With most of their new signings on the bench from the start, it’s a great result to start the season, and quite a building block going forward.

After the unexpected result, it is possible Jurgen Klopp will do need to make some adjustments going forward.

Chelsea saved from Abdoulaye Doucouré

A clumsy penalty conceded by Abdoulaye Doucour√© was the difference in the match as Chelsea beat Everton 1-0 on opening day. Frank Lampard’s side lined up well and despite being short on forwards, they were able to hang with Chelsea as the Blues struggled to turn their season around. Everton were hit with another injury blow just 18 minutes into the match when Ben Godfrey left the match on a stretcher after a lengthy delay. Considering he had his leg immobilized, it doesn’t look good. He was eventually replaced by Mason Holgate.

From there, both teams missed a true number nine, but it was Everton who handled it better when Anthony Gordon led the attack. Everton were able to create chances on the counter but the final ball was not there. Ben Chilwell drew a penalty before half-time when Doucouré put both hands on his shirt as he went down in the box. Jorginho made no mistake as he drove the penalty home to give Chelsea the advantage.

The second half went similarly to the first but Everton will be the happier team about it. Amadou Onana was in the crowd looking at how he will be in the Everton midfield sooner rather than later after they agreed a deal with Lille but for Chelsea, even with Armando Broja on the pitch, they lacked a proper back nine. Raheem Sterling has filled the role but he is better off the wing despite his strong work rate in the box.

He was brilliant alongside Kalidou Koulibaly in making their debuts on Saturday but most of the team didn’t shine alongside them. Nathan Patterson also created a good chance for Dele Alli when he came on but Dele didn’t know what to do with the ball in the box as he fluffed his chance. A lot of work to be done for each side in a game that ended almost 110 minutes due to various stoppages in each half.

Aston Villa roll carefully against Bournemouth

Bournemouth picked up an unexpected three points on the Premier League opening day with a 2-0 win over an abysmal Aston Villa side at the Vitality Stadium. The Cherries were ahead after just three minutes when Jefferson Lerma fired home after Marcus Tavernier’s corner was headed down by Lloyd Kelly while Lucas Digne was off the pitch for Villa.

Bournemouth could have been two goals up before the break if Kieffer Moore had connected with Adam Smith’s low cross after Dominic Solanke had played him in. Later, it was two when the Wales international headed home a Kelly cross with 10 minutes remaining to give Scott Parker the. ideal start to the new campaign and Steven Gerrard nightmare.

Villa were barely at the races and rarely threatened with Danny Ings, John McGinn and Boubacar Kamara going closest without really threatening for the away side. While Aston Villa had 15 shots, and two thirds of the possession, they only managed 0.66 expected goals. Not great all around. Next up for Bournemouth are defending champions Manchester City while Villa are at home to Everton with much better expected after an impressive summer transfer window.

Newcastle score goal of the day against Nottingham Forest

Thanks to a strong performance from Dean Henderson, the match could not get completely out of hand but Ryan Yates was missed as Steve Cooper’s side struggled to establish a presence in midfield. The Spruce Trees only took five shots and were the only promoted side not to pick up at least a point on Saturday. Brennan Johnson was isolated only touching the ball 20 times as Newcastle rolled. The Magpies took 20 shots with Callum Wilson and Fabian Schar scoring goals and Schar’s was quite a doer.

Leeds mount comebacks behind USMNT stars

Americans took center stage for Leeds as they bounced back from conceding to Wolverhampton early on, and walked away with a 2-1 win. Brenden Aaronson may not officially get credit for the goal, but that won’t stop him from claiming it as Jesse Marsch’s team is starting the season in the right way.

Premier League scoreboard

Fulham 2, Liverpool 2
Bournemouth 2, Aston Villa 0
Leeds United 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1
Newcastle United 2, Nottingham Forest 0
Tottenham 4, Southampton 1
Everton 0, Chelsea 1

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