English Premier League Week 1: Basic Review

James WillisAnalyst IAugust 16, 2010

English Premier League Week 1: Basic Review

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    A simple review of week one of the Premier League 2010-2011 season. All the weekend games are covered from Saturday to Monday.
    This is just a quick review for those of you who are either still learning about the game, or simply in a hurry. 

Tottenham Hotspur V Manchester City

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    Result: 0-0

    Upset?: No

    What it means for Spurs: A solid point against fellow 4th place rivals.

    What it means for City: Stops a run of 5 defeats to spurs, decent point. 

Aston Villa V West Ham United

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    Result: 3-0

    Upset?: No

    What it means for Villa: A strong start during a shaky period for the club.

    What it means for West Ham: Three points dropped to a stronger side.

Blackburn Rovers V Everton

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    Result: 1-0

    Upset?: Slightly

    What it means for Blackburn: Decent three points from a tricky game.

    What it means for Everton: Slow start, three points lost. 

Bolton Wanderers V Fulham

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    Result: 0-0

    Upset?: No

    What it means for Bolton: A good point against a good side.

    What it means for Fulham: Not at their best, still earned a point.

Sunderland V Birmingham City

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    Result: 2-2

    Upset?: No

    What it means for Sunderland: Reasonable start but would have liked a win.

    What it means for City: Hard earned point against strong opposition.

Wigan Athletic V Blackpool

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    Result: 0-4

    Upset?: Yes

    What it means for Wigan: Three points lost in suspected 'easiest' game of season.

    What it means for Blackpool: Great start to first Premier League season. Proved critics wrong.

Wolverhampton Wanderers V Stoke City

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    Result: 2-1

    Upset?: Slightly

    What it means for Wolves: Good start against a difficult side.

    What it means for Stoke: Away form still not found, three points lost.

Chelsea V West Bromwich Albion

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    Result: 6-0

    Upset?: No

    What it means for Chelsea: Great start to defence of title.

    What it means for West Brom: Difficult first game, uphill battle from here.

Liverpool V Arsenal

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    Result: 1-1

    Upset?: No

    What it means for Liverpool: Good point against good side. Well earned.

    What it means for Arsenal: Would have liked three points but will settle for one.

Manchester United V Newcastle United

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    Result: 3-0

    Upset?: No

    What it means for Man Utd: Solid start to the season, straight forward three points.

    What it means for Newcastle: Possibly the hardest game of the season done, lost with dignity.

...as it stands

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    Champions: Chelsea

    Champions League: Chelsea, Blackpool, Aston Villa

    Champions League Play-Off: Manchester United

    Europa League: Wolverhampton Wanderers

    Relegation: West Ham United, Wigan Athletic, West Bromwich Albion