Oh, I say, what a return!
The Premier League offered rich drama on the opening weekend of the 2021-22 season, with Brentford stunning Arsenal, Manchester United thrashing Leeds United 5-1, and Tottenham getting the better of champions Manchester City.
Games come thick and fast again, with Liverpool tackling Burnley in Saturday’s first clash, followed by Manchester City’s clash with Norwich City. Sunday sees tasty tussles between Southampton and Manchester United, and Arsenal and Chelsea.
Try our Opta-powered quiz for size before the action gets under way.
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1. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has scored 98 goals in his 159 Premier League games. Only four players have ever scored 100 in their first 160 matches in the competition, but can you name them?
2. Brentford made a flying start with a 2-0 victory against Arsenal in their first ever Premier League game, and they travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday. Only three teams have ever won the first two games they have played in the competition, including two sides in the inaugural 1992-93 season. Can you name those three teams?
3. Southampton won four of their last six Premier League matches against Manchester United at The Dell but have beaten the Red Devils just once in 13 league meetings at St Mary’s (D4 L8), a 1-0 win in August 2003. Who scored the winner that day?
4. Bruno Fernandes is yet to end on the losing side in any of his 25 away Premier League matches for Manchester United (W16 D9), and avoiding defeat at Southampton would see him equal the longest away unbeaten run by a Premier League player from the start of their career in the competition. Which Manchester City player set that record?
5. Chelsea have won their last four away Premier League London derbies ahead of the trip to Arsenal. Under which manager did they last win five such games in succession?
1. Alan Shearer (124 games to reach 100 goals), Harry Kane (141 games), Sergio Aguero (147 games) and Thierry Henry (160 games).
2. Coventry and Norwich in 1992-93, and Huddersfield in 2017-18.
3. James Beattie.
4. Gabriel Jesus (first 26 games between February 2017 and December 2018).
5. Jose Mourinho (between January 2005 and January 2006).
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