Premier League Review: Sterling hat trick gives Man City stunning start, Burnley and Brighton impress

Raheem Sterling scored a hat trick as Manchester City made a stunning start to the defense of its Premier League title by hammering West Ham 5-0 Saturday.

City watched last season’s runner-up Liverpool romp to a 4-1 win over Norwich City on Friday and answered with an emphatic triumph of its own.

Saturday’s top-flight action also saw Burnley and Brighton and Hove Albion cruise to victories over Southampton and Watford respectively.

Crystal Palace and 10-man Everton played out a goalless draw, while Sheffield United grabbed a late equalizer to claim a point at Bournemouth.

In the last game of the day, Tottenham scored three times in the final 17 minutes to complete a dramatic 3-1 comeback victory at home to Aston Villa.


Sterling’s treble inspired a five-goal away win as City commenced its quest for a third straight league crown. The England star’s goals all came in the second half after Gabriel Jesus prodded the champions ahead in the 25th minute of a one-sided affair.

Sterling’s well-worked first goal came six minutes after halftime and though a VAR review found he was offside before Jesus tapped in, City did get its third when he struck 15 minutes from time.

The former Liverpool player could have added the third from the spot after Issa Diop fouled the excellent Riyad Mahrez but he gifted the penalty to Sergio Aguero. The substitute’s initial attempt was saved before he converted a re-take due to VAR showing Declan Rice encroached before clearing the rebound.

Sterling was not to be denied the match ball, though, as he raced clean through to convert a pass from Mahrez in added time.


Tanguy Ndombele scored a sensational debut goal and Harry Kane struck twice as Tottenham came from behind to thrillingly deny Villa as Dean Smith’s side made its Premier League return.

John McGinn’s ninth-minute goal for the visitors seemed set to mark the occasion in style as Champions League finalists Spurs – playing without the benched Christian Eriksen for over an hour – struggled to create chances.

Eriksen’s introduction sparked urgency into Tottenham’s attack and, after Tom Heaton had made a fantastic stop to deny Davinson Sanchez, Ndombele curled in a brilliant equalizer.

Another terrific Heaton stop kept Eriksen at bay and with five minutes left the match was still level, as Spurs sought to follow Liverpool and City by starting with three points.

But Villa’s resistance was ended when Kane capitalized on a mistake from Jack Grealish before excellently tucking in another from Moussa Sissoko’s assist in the last minute, adding gloss to a hard-fought win.


Ashley Barnes’ double was key as Burnley scored three times in the space of 12 second-half minutes to stun Southampton 3-0 at Turf Moor, Johann Gudmundsson’s impressive solo goal putting the icing on the cake.

New signing Neal Maupay, who arrived for a reported £20 million ($24 million), scored in his debut to help Brighton defeat Watford by the same scoreline at Vicarage Road.

The former Brentford striker followed fellow substitute Florin Andone by netting in the second half, Abdoulaye Doucoure’s dreadful own goal after 28 minutes having set Graham Potter’s new side on its way.


Substitute Billy Sharp finished off a goalmouth scramble with two minutes remaining to earn newly promoted Sheffield United a 1-1 draw away to Bournemouth.

Chris Mepham had earlier put the hosts in front when he converted a close-range rebound, but Sharp ensured the Blades got something from their first Premier League game since 2007.

There was also a draw as Crystal Palace held Everton at Selhurst Park, with the visitors having Morgan Schneiderlin sent off with 14 minutes remaining.

The midfielder picked up a second yellow card for a high foot Luka Milivojevic, while Wilfried Zaha – who reluctantly had to stay at Palace having been heavily pursued by Everton in the transfer window – played the last 25 minutes after coming off the bench.

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