2016 PL

The Premier League Today.

✔ Leicester City 1st ever defending champion to lose their opening fixture.
✔ Swansea win
✔ Crystal Palace 12th loss of the 19th Premier League match they’ve played in 2016.
✔ Ross Barkley 5th minute sublime freekick goal.
✔ Negredo’s goal with his 1st shot on target.
✔ Shaqiri’s sensational freekick.
✔ Another Troy Deeney assist and Etiennie Capoue’s 1st ever goal for Watford after his 37th appearance.
✔ Guardiola’s 1st competitive win.

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Under caretaker boss Mike Phelan, Hull took the lead when Adama Diomande and Abel Hernandez combined acrobatically, with Diomande awarded the goal.
Riyad Mahrez replied from the penalty spot at the start of the second half after Demarai Gray appeared to have been fouled outside the box but Robert Snodgrass earned the Tigers victory after a cross was not cleared.
The start of the end of an era for Leicester? I hope it’s just a test of reality anyway.

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It was the Clarets’ first league defeat since 26 December 2015, when they were in the Championship. Swans keeper Fabianski had earlier thwarted Burnley striker Sam Vokes with a sharp stop low to his left however Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton could not hold Fernando Llorente’s header and Fer tapped home from close range. Match ended 1-0 to the Swans.

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Salomon Rondon’s header was enough to give West Brom a narrow win over Crystal Palace in a dreary Premier League opener at Selhurst Park.
Rondon flicked in James McClean’s free-kick on 74 minutes for the only goal to hand Tony Pulis’ side three points.

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Ross Barkley’s freekick beat everybody, including Hugo Lloris in the 5th minute but Lamela’s diving header was enough to cancel out the Toffees’ early lead.

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Elsewhere, Negredo took just 11 minutes to score with his first effort on goal, just as he did for Manchester City three years ago, using a combination of neck and shoulder to bundle in from close range after Ramirez has recycled Adomah’s deep centre. But while Negredo scored the opening goal on his return to the Premier League, goalkeeper Valdes was to blame as Xherdan Shaqiri equalised with a well-tucked set kick midway through the second half.

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Conclusively,  Watford were pegged back by Nathan Redmond, the new Saint,  after he canceled out Capoue’s early goal and Paddy McNair failed 1st touch saved Guardiola’s blushes at the Etihad stadium.

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