Romelu Lukaku needed little more than half an hour to open his Manchester United account. Having joined the Old Trafford club from Everton for £75million this summer, Lukaku was the benefactor of some good midfield play from Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford. The striker than smashed the ball past Joe Hart, via the post, to send the famous ground into raptures. And he repeated the trick seven minutes into the second half to effectively wrap up the points.
Chelsea is a win away from the Premier League title, while Middlesbrough has officially been relegated after a 3-0 result at Stamford Bridge on Monday. Chelsea's path to the title is clear, with the club needing just three points to secure the title no matter what second-place Tottenham does in its final three games this season. A win at West Brom on Friday will clinch the Blues' fifth title since the 2004-2005 season and cement its rebound after last season's mid-table finish.
If the blue ribbons weren’t already being tied onto the Premier League trophy, you can go ahead and do that now. After Antonio Conte‘s side beat Middlesbrough 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Monday, Chelsea need three more points to be crowned Premier League champions (they play West Bromwich Albion on Friday when they can seal the deal) while Boro were relegated back to the Championship at the first attempt. Here’s five takeaways from a routine win for the champions elect.
Liverpool couldn't go top of the Premier League after being held to a 0-0 draw by bitter rivals Manchester United at Anfield on Monday night. The stalemate has left Liverpool fourth, while United are now five points off the pace in seventh.
The Premier League, Football Association and English Football League are seeking to address indiscipline in the game by reinforcing laws. The grassroots-to-elite initiative is unnamed, but has been a topic of discussions for a year and has support from the Professional Football Association and the League Managers' Association.
It's been a rags-to-riches story, and Leicester City could be in line to pocket as much as $220 million for the club's fairytale first English Premier League title win. The Foxes sealed the title without kicking a ball Monday as Chelsea's revival in a 2-2 draw with Tottenham at Stamford Bridge put the title mathematically beyond Spurs' reach with two games still to play.
The party to celebrate the Cinderella story of our time in global soccer will have to wait a little longer. Despite this city and fans around the world cheering it on, Leicester City’s draw Sunday against Manchester United means that Leicesterians will have to wait at least one day before painting their city even bluer than it already is.
United scouts have watched the prodigious 18-year-old all season and are set to table a big money offer to the Portuguese giants this summer.
Leicester could be crowned Premier League champions with three games to spare, if the teams in the title race repeat their results against their remaining opponents from earlier this season.
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Are we that far into the year that the first weekend of the English Premier League season has already come and gone? In the spirt of AFL 101, we've assembled a crack (pot) panel to run the rule over each week of the EPL season - starting with an opening round of fixtures that contained some notable surprises.
So far so good for Raheem Sterling's Manchester City debut. Granted he should have scored that one-on-one chance, but he has given James Chester the run-around so far. The former Liverpool forward has been making a pass just short of every minute and has been heavily involved. Here is his heat map from the first half.
Arsenal's title challenge got off to the worst possible start at the Emirates on Sunday as West Ham sealed a shock 2-0 victory courtesy of goals from Cheikhou Kouyate and Mauro Zarate. Summer signing Petr Cech was at fault for the Hammers' first after throwing himself at a free-kick and allowing Kouyate to head into an empty net from 10 yards just two minutes before half-time.
The English Premiere League kicks off its 24th season on Saturday, August 8.
Two months — that’s all we get this year. The 2014-15 European soccer season concluded with the Champions League final in early June, but we’re already back at it, as Chelsea’s Premier League title defense starts tomorrow. Last summer’s World Cup delayed the start of the previous season and next summer’s European Championships have pushed up the start of this one, so the summer was short.