EPL: Burnley Shock Chelsea, Watford Hold Liverpool, Huddersfield Win
Champions Chelsea suffered a disappointing start to their Premier League title defence, as they suffered a 3-2 defeat at home to Burnley.
The visitors were the better side overall with a disciplined, energetic and ruthless first-half display that saw them put three past the Blues, with Sam Vokes netting twice.
Chelsea captain Gary Cahill was sent off midway through the first half for a reckless tackle on Steven Defour.
Antonio Conte’s side were better in the second half when summer signing Alvaro Morata headed in shortly after coming off the bench. The Spaniard then provided an assist for David Luiz to reduce the deficit.
Chelsea’s hopes looked to have gone when a late challenge from Cesc Fabregas on Jack Cork added a second yellow to his first, received for dissent, to leave the Blues with nine men.
The Blues were unable to mount any late Pressure on Burnley, as the visitors took all three points.
In the first game of the night, Miguel Britos scored a controversial 93rd-minute equaliser for Watford as Liverpool were held in a thrilling game at Vicarage Road.
Stefano Okaka’s header opened the scoring for the home side before Sadio Mane equalised with a clinical finish only for Abdoulaye Doucoure to restore the lead from close range.
Roberto Firmino’s penalty made it 2-2 before Mohamed Salah thought he had won it only for Britos to bundle in.
In Jurgen Klopp’s 100th competitive game as Reds boss, Liverpool wasted a string of chances before Uruguay defender Britos headed over the line from point blank range following a ricochet.
Huddersfield Town made a dream start to their debut season in the Premier League by beating Crystal Palace 3-0 away from home.
The Terriers, playing in the English top flight for the first time since 1972, led when Mathias Jorgensen’s header flew in off Palace’s Joel Ward.
Steve Mounie doubled their advantage with a powerful header and added a third in the 78th minute, as new Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer endured a miserable first game.
Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney marked his top-flight return to Everton after 13 years by scoring the winner against Stoke and his 199th goal in the Premier League.