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EPL Results Week 1: Premier League Scores, Top Scorers and 2014 Table Tracker

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 16:  Gylfi Sigurdsson of Swansea City celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on August 16, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 16, 2014

After a long summer of waiting, the English Premier League is finally back, with every team looking to make a good start and hit the top of the table.

Reigning champions Manchester City got their season started on Sunday with a win over Newcastle United, but a hectic transfer season has allowed a number of clubs to start believing they have what it takes to win a title.

Although there has been a lot of talking up to this point, teams were finally able to see what they can do on the pitch.

The battle for trophies, positioning and simply avoiding relegation began on Saturday. Here is the latest table with scores and individual trackers from the weekend:

English Premier League Table
Pos.ClubPWDLGFGAGDPts
1Chelsea110031+23
2Manchester City110020+23
3Arsenal110021+13
4Liverpool110021+13
5Swansea110021+13
6Hull110010+13
7Aston Villa110010+13
8Tottenham110010+13
9Everton10102201
10Leicester10102201
11Sunderland10102201
12West Bromwich Albion10102201
13Southampton100112-10
14Manchester United100112-10
15Crystal Palace100112-10
16Queens Park Rangers100101-10
17Stoke100101-10
18West Ham100101-10
19Burnley100113-20
20Newcastle United100102-20
via WhoScored.com
EPL Matchday 1 Results
DateHomeScore/Time (BST)Away
Aug. 16Manchester United1-2Swansea
Aug. 16West Ham0-1Tottenham
Aug. 16West Bromwich Albion2-2Sunderland
Aug. 16Stoke0-1Aston Villa
Aug. 16Queens Park Rangers0-1Hull
Aug. 16Leicester2-2Everton
Aug. 16Arsenal2-1Crystal Palace
Aug. 17Liverpool2-1Southampton
Aug. 17Newcastle United0-2Manchester City
Aug. 18Burnley1-3Chelsea
via WhoScored.com
EPL Matchday 1 Top Scorers
PlayerTeamGoals
Saido BerahinoWest Bromwich Albion2
Gylfi SigurdssonSwansea1
Ki Sung-YeungSwansea1
Wayne RooneyManchester United1
Chris WoodLeicester City1
Jose UlloaLeicester City1
Aiden McGeadyEverton1
Steven NaismithEverton1
James ChesterHull1
Andreas WeimannAston Villa1
Lee CattermoleSunderland1
Sebastian LarssonSunderland1
Eric DierTottenham1
Brede HangelandCrystal Palace1
Laurent KoscielnyArsenal1
Aaron RamseyArsenal1
Raheem SterlingLiverpool1
Daniel SturridgeLiverpool1
Nathaniel ClyneSouthampton1
David SilvaManchester City1
Sergio AgueroManchester City1
Scott ArfieldBurnley1
Diego CostaChelsea1
Andre SchurrleChelsea1
Branislav IvanovicChelsea1

Manchester United were hoping this season would be better than the last. One match in, it looks like more of the same. 

Swansea City earned the early lead when Ki Sung-yeung scored in the 28th minute. Wayne Rooney pulled his club level on an impressive goal early in the second half, but United weren't level for long. Gylfi Sigurdsson found his way through the United defence and fired the ball into the back of the net for the game-winning goal in the 72nd minute.

Sigurdsson was proud of the club's effort after the match, as Swansea—at least for the moment—sat alone on top of the table:

Meanwhile, this is a devastating defeat for Manchester United, as ESPN's Paul Carr noted:

After finishing in seventh place under David Moyes, the Louis van Gaal era has not gotten off to a better start.

The action continued with some dramatic matches that featured plenty of late excitement. Everton and West Brom both appeared set to leave with three points until they each allowed equalising goals around the same time:

Sunderland scored in the 85th minute to earn a draw, while Leicester City got their goal at the 86th-minute mark to get their first EPL point in their return to the league.

On the other hand, West Ham United seemed ready to accept a draw until Tottenham pulled ahead on a goal by Eric Dier in the 93rd minute. The late score allows Spurs to keep pace with the top clubs in the table and feel satisfied with a strong start to the year.

Arsenal continued the theme of impact goals late in Saturday's final match.

The Gunners were tied with Crystal Palace heading into the final minutes before Jason Puncheon was sent off for his second yellow card. With a man advantage, Arsenal were able to get the go-ahead goal when Aaron Ramsey knocked in a rebound in the 91st minute.

Although it is early, this type of win shows why the club is considered one of the favourites to win a title. Manager Arsene Wenger believes his side has a chance but notes the competition is fierce, via Jim Van Wijk of the Press Association (h/t Daily Mail):

The favourites you have again Chelsea, Man City, Liverpool, Man United and us. Then you have Everton, they were very dangerous last year as well and could be candidates. How well will Tottenham respond?

There is no hierarchy in the teams I give you, there is no priority - they are just the obvious candidates.

Although the season will not be decided in the first week, a good start is important. The same goes for Sunday's competitors, with Manchester City defeating Newcastle United 2-0 and Liverpool beating Southampton by a score 2-1.

Both favourites are loaded with talented young players, but the question is whether they can be consistent enough to get three points when they need it.

The first round of fixtures concluded on Monday when Chelsea battling Burnley. The Blues made significant changes to the roster and two key players came through right away as Diego Costa scored and Cesc Fabregas added two assists in the 3-1 win.

With the amount of talent on the Blues roster, they have the ability to be top contenders for a league title.

No matter what how each club fared in their opening matches, it is important not to overreact to one part of a long season. Still, it is good to finally have something to debate with the Premier League finally returning.

 

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