The 2019/2020 Premier League season is up and running with England international, Raheem Sterling, and his side, Manchester City the biggest winners.
Opening day HEEEEEEAT! ?
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 10, 2019
The champions responded to Liverpool’s victory on Friday in emphatic fashion after a five-star performance at the Olympic stadium saw them dismantle West Ham United 5-0 on Saturday.
Sterling put in a man of the match display for the Cityzens as he raced to the top of the scorers’ chart courtesy of his hat-trick against the Hammers.
All his goals were scored in a blistering second-half showing from the team managed by Pep Guardiola as the away side found a way to dismantle the hitherto stubborn Hammers.
After the first half which ended 0-1 in favour of the visitors, the 24-year-old doubled City’s advantage six minutes in the second half before grabbing his second and City’s third on 75 minutes for a comfortable 3-0 lead.
Perfect start! pic.twitter.com/4epeQwjlJj
— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) August 10, 2019
Sterling completed his hat-trick when he latched onto a Riyah Mahrez pass to make it 5-0 for City in added time.
A commanding performance from the holders who kick off their title defense in brilliant fashion.
Elsewhere, Brighton & Hove Albion and Burnley were also big winners after their impressive victories over Watford and Southampton respectively.
— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) August 10, 2019
Brighton went, saw and conquered Watford at Vicarage Road thanks to second half goals from the duo Florine Aldone, and Neal Maupay in addition to Abdoulaye Dacoure’s first half own goal for a 3-0 win.
For Burnley, they are off the mark as Ashely Barnes inspired them to a 3-0 win over Southampton at Turf Moor.
The Ice man cometh… pic.twitter.com/2Jzkhx1NE6
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) August 10, 2019
Barnes netted a seven-minute brace in the second half, with Johann Berg Gudmuddsson sealing the win with the third goal 15 minutes from time.
Meanwhile, the first game of the season saw Liverpool host newbies, Norwich City at Anfield on Friday night football.
The Reds, who are expected to be Man City’s closest challengers once again, were too hot for their newly promoted visitors after a 4-1 win for Jurgen Klopp.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 10, 2019
Liverpool started in superb manner, taking a 4-0 lead at halftime with goals Grant Hanley, who scored an own goal, and three other strikes from Mohamed Salah, Virgil Van Dijk and Divock Origi.
Norwich made life difficult for their host in the second half and struck back through Teemu Pukki, who pulled one back to make the score line a more respectable 4-1.
The Kops held on for the win, but it came at a very heavy cost after goalkeeper, Alisson Becker, was substituted early on due to an injury.