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Saturday 16th August

Arsenal v Everton (2-1)
Thierry Henry and Robert Pires fired ten-man Arsenal into a two-goal lead, before an hour had passed at Highbury. Everton replied through Tomasz Radzinski but, with only seven minutes left on the clock, it proved to be too little too late.
1-0 (Thierry Henry 33pen); 2-0 (Robert Pires 57); 2-1 (Tomasz Radzinski 83).

Birmingham City v Tottenham Hotspur (1-0)
Birmingham City beat Tottenham Hotspur, through a (Glenn Hoddle disputed) David Dunn spot kick, as new signing Helder Postiga failed to make an impression for the visitors and was substituted early in the second half.
1-0 (David Dunn 34pen).

Blackburn Rovers v Wolverhampton Wanderers (5-1)
Blackburn Rovers took over at the top of the Premier League after a thrilling 5-1 win over newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers. New boys Lorenzo Amoruso and Brett Emerton delighted manager Graeme Souness by getting their names on the score sheet, either side of David Thompson's half volley. Steffen Iversen pulled one back for Wolves but a brace in eight minutes, from Andy Cole, finished off any hopes of a recovery.
1-0 (Lorenzo Amoruso 16); 2-0 (David Thompson 28); 3-0 (Brett Emerton 51); 3-1 (Steffen Iversen 70); 4-1 (Andy Cole 78); 5-1 (Andy Cole 86).

Fulham v Middlesbrough (3-2)
Fulham started the new campaign with a home win against Middlesbrough; who took the lead after 9 minutes, through Carlos Marinelli. The Londoners replied with goals from Steve Marlet, Junichi Inamoto and Louis Saha, before Szilard Nemeth lobbed Van der Sar and made it a nerve-racking final ten minutes.
0-1 (Carlos Marinelli 9); 1-1 (Steve Marlet 17); 2-1 (Junichi Inamoto 55); 3-1 (Louis Saha 69); 3-2 (Szilard Nemeth 80).

Leicester City v Southampton (2-2)
Southampton fought back from two goals down to get a draw at Leicester City -- the only draw of the opening day. Having gone behind to a Paul Dickov penalty and a Les Ferdinand strike, within the first 10 minutes, Southampton needer over an hour before they could reply -- Kevin Phillips scoring for his new club and setting up James Beattie with the equaliser.
1-0 (Paul Dickov 4pen); 2-0 (Les Ferdinand 9); 2-1 (Kevin Phillips 75); 2-2 (James Beattie 79).

Manchester United v Bolton Wanderers (4-0)
Tim Howard, the very capable slam-dunker from America, kept a clean sheet on his Premier League debut; as Manchester United put the last two season's losses, at home to Bolton, behind them and cruised to a comfortable 4-0 victory. New Portuguese signing, Cristiano Ronaldo, also showed his potential -- replacing Nicky Butt on the hour and putting a little fire into the Red Devils' play. A missed penalty, by the normally secure van Nistelrooy, didn't matter much as the Dutchman scored United's fourth just before the close of play; adding to a goal by Paul Scholes and a Ryan Giggs brace.
1-0 (Ryan Giggs 34); 2-0 (Ryan Giggs 73); 3-0 (Paul Scholes 76); 4-0 (Ruud van Nistelrooy 86).

Portsmouth v Aston Villa (2-1)
Experienced Premier League players, Teddy Sherringham and Patrik Berger, gave new boys Portsmouth a 2-1 home win over Aston Villa and (because of the early kick-off) a short taste of life at the top of the league. Gareth Barry scored for Villa from the penalty spot.

1-0 (Teddy Sheringham 41); 2-0 (Patrik Berger 62); 2-1 (Gareth Barry 82pen).

Sunday 17th August

Charlton Athletic v Manchester City (0-3)
Manchester City hit three at Charlton Athletic, as Nicolas Anelka converted a penalty and had a part to play in the goals by Antoine Sibierski and Sun Jihai.
0-1 (Nicolas Anelka 11pen); 0-2 (Antoine Sibierski 22); 0-3 (Sun Jihai 82).

Leeds United v Newcastle United (2-2)
Leeds and Newcastle shared the points at Elland Road with Mark Viduka and Alan Smith sandwiching their goals in between Alan Shearer's double -- one a penalty.
0-1 (Alan Shearer 18pen); 1-1 (Mark Viduka 23); 2-1 (Alan Smith 56); 2-2 (Alan Shearer 87).

Liverpool v Chelsea (1-2)
A second-time lucky, Michael Owen penalty -- just 15 minutes from time -- was not enough for Liverpool to get a point out of their first home game of the season. The visiting Chelsea millionaires had already take the lead through Juan Veron but it was Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink who secured the three points, just before the final whistle.
0-1 (Juan Veron 24); 1-1 (Michael Owen 76pen); 1-2 (Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 87).

Saturday 23rd August

Bolton Wanderers v Blackburn Rovers (2-2)
Bolton Wanderers had to share the points with Blackburn, as Dwight Yorke levelled the score for the visitors in injury time. A Youri Djorkaeff penalty, in the third minute, got the home side off to a wonderful start and they were soon two goals up as Djorkaeff provided the final pass for Kevin Davies to score against his former club. Blackburn fought back in the second half, with Matt Jensen connecting to David Thompson's low cross.
1-0 (Youri Djorkaeff 3pen); 2-0 (Kevin Davies 24); 2-1 (Matt Jansen 49); 2-2 (Dwight Yorke 90).

Chelsea v Leicester City (2-1)
Hernan Crespo was at Stamford Bridge to watch Chelsea keep pace with Arsenal and Manchester United at the top of the table. James Scowcroft brought Leicester City back into the game after a Lilian Nalis' own-goal had given the home side an early lead. New signing Adrian Mutu made it 2-1 to Chelsea, just before half-time, and that's the way the scores remained.
1-0 (Lilian Nalis, own goal, 2); 1-1 (James Scowcroft 39); 2-1 (Adrian Mutu 44).

Everton v Fulham (3-1)
Three goals in half an hour, from Gary Naysmith, David Unsworth and Steve Watson helped put Everton in the driving seat. Substitute Barry Hales, on for Sylvain Legwinski, pulled one back for Fulham.
1-0 (Gary Naysmith 6); 2-0 (David Unsworth 19); 3-0 (Steve Watson 34); 3-1 (Barry Hayles 68).

Manchester City v Portsmouth (1-1)
Manchester City fans had to wait until just before the final whistle for their first goal at the City of Manchester Stadium, courtesy of David Sommeil. Unfortunately, Portsmouth spoiled the party when Yakubu Ayebibi put the visitors ahead, in the 23rd minute.
0-1 (Yakubu Ayegbini 23); 1-1 (David Sommeil 89).

Newcastle United v Manchester United (1-2)
Alan Shearer headed Newcastle in front, early in the first half, but Manchester United replied with goals from Ruud van Nistelrooy and Paul Scholes to keep up their 100% start to the season; Roy Keane providing both the assists.
1-0 (Alan Shearer 25); 1-1 (Ruud van Nistelrooy 50); 1-2 (Paul Scholes 58).

Southampton v Birmingham City (0-0)
Southampton and Birmingham shared the points and plenty of goalmouth action but not a goal between them.

Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United (2-1)
Tottenham Hotspur were given the wobbles when Alan Smith put Leeds United ahead, with only four minutes on the clock, but excellent strikes from Mauricio Taricco and second-half substitute, Frederic Kanoute gave Glenn Hoddle a comforting three points.
0-1 (Alan Smith 4); 1-1 (Mauricio Taricco 40); 2-1 (Frederic Kanoute 70).

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Charlton Athletic (0-4)
It might be a long way to Christmas but Wolverhampton Wanderers are looking as though they have their place at the foot of the table assured for the holiday season already. Four goals in the first half an hour gave Charlton Athletic a comfortable lead, at Molineux, and it could have been more. Goals from Jason Euell and Claus Jensen were followed by a Shaun Bartlett brace, as Wolves were stuffed for the second week on the trot.
0-1 (Jason Euell 4); 0-2 (Claus Jensen 14); 0-3 (Shaun Bartlett 24); 0-4 (Shaun Bartlett 32).

Sunday 24th August

Aston Villa v Liverpool (0-0)
No goals at Villa Park, but at least Liverpool and Aston Villa were happy to get their first point of the season and put their respective opening day defeats behind them.

Middlesbrough v Arsenal (0-4)
Arsenal sit at the top of the table, level on points with Manchester United and Chelsea, as goals from Thierry Henry, Gilberto Silva and a Sylvain Wiltord double demolished Middlesbrough, who are still without a point of their own. It was champagne football at its finest and if the Gunners can keep it flowing, they'll be pouring the real stuff at the end of season. Wait, didn't Arsene Wenger say Arsenal would go unbeaten last year?
0-1 (Thierry Henry 4); 0-2 (Gilberto Silva 12); 0-3 (Sylvain Wiltord 21); 0-4 (Sylvain Wiltord 59).

Monday 25th August

Blackburn Rovers v Manchester City (2-3)
Nicolas Anelka's late winner against Blackburn Rovers moved Manchester City up to the top of the table, for 24 hours at least. Twice, Blackburn clawed their way back into the game but there wasn't enough time for a third.
0-1 (Michael Tarnat 3); 1-1 (Trevor Sinclair, own goal, 43); 1-2 (Joey Barton 58); 2-2 (Lorenzo Amoruso 60); 23 (Nicolas Anelka 86).

Tuesday 26th August

Charlton Athletic v Everton (2-2)
Sven-Goran Eriksson watched on as Wayne Rooney earned Everton a point at Charlton Athletic. It was the second time Everton drew level after Charlton were awarded two penalties. Jason Euell scored from the spot both times and Steve Watson added his name to the scoresheet, for the second game in a row.
1-0 (Jason Euell 23pen); 1-1 (Steve Watson 25); 2-1 (Jason Euell 48pen); 2-2 (Wayne Rooney 71)

Leeds United v Southampton (0-0)
Still no win for Leeds United or Southampton this season.

Leicester City v Middlesbrough (0-0)
After conceding seven goals in their first two games of the season, Middlesbrough managed to tighten up at the back and collect their first point, away to Leicester City.

Portsmouth v Bolton Wanderers (4-0)
A Teddy Sherringham hat-trick helped Portsmouth leap-frog to the top of the league in a four goal romp at home to Bolton Wanderers, although Pompey fans had to wait until the second half for Steve Stone to get the first goal.
1-0 (Steve Stone 47); 2-0 (Teddy Sheringham 56); 3-0 (Teddy Sheringham 87); 4-0 (Teddy Sheringham 89pen)

Wednesday 27th August

Arsenal v Aston Villa (2-0)
Aston Villa managed to shut out Arsenal for almost an hour but the Londoners still kept their 100% record, with goals from Sol Campbell and Thierry Henry.
1-0 (Sol Campbell 56); 2-0 (Thierry Henry 90).

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur (0-0)
Still no win for Liverpool and no goal for Tottenham's Helder Postiga.

Manchester United v Wolverhampton Wanderers (1-0)
Wolves are the only team without a point so far, but at least they managed to stop Ruud van Nistelrooy from scoring a record 11th successive goal for Manchester United -- John O'Shea's header being the only goal of the game.
1-0 (John O'Shea 9).

Saturday 30th August

Aston Villa v Leicester City (3-1)
Juan Pablo Angel scored two goals to help Aston Villa to a 3-1 win over local rivals Leicester City. The Colombian international almost made it a hat-trick when he headed a free-kick onto the crossbar. Villa's second win of the season was helped on by a Ben Thatcher own goal in the seventh minute. Muzzy Izzet pulled one back for City, early in the second-half, but with Les Ferdinand already shown a red card they never looked like getting level.
1-0 (Ben Thatcher, own goal, 7); 2-0 (Juan Pablo Angel 9); 3-0 (Juan Pablo Angel 15); 3-1 (Muzzy Izzet 52).

Bolton Wanderers v Charlton Athletic (0-0)
Bolton Wanderers need Mario Jardel fit as soon as possible, if they're going to start scoring the goals needed to overcome teams like Charlton.

Chelsea v Blackburn Rovers (2-2)
Blackburn twice took the lead at Stamford Bridge, with a brace from Andy Cole, only for the nouveau riche Chelsea to equalise; with a goal from new signing Adrian Mutu and a Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink penalty.
0-1 (Andy Cole 1); 1-1 (Adrian Mutu 45); 1-2 (Andy Cole 57); 2-2 (Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 61pen).

Everton v Liverpool (0-3)
Liverpool earned their first win of the season, away to neighbours neighbours Everton, and Harry Kewell scored his first goal in a Liverpool shirt, as well as setting up one of Michael Owen's two goals.
0-1 (Michael Owen 38); 0-2 (Michael Owen 51); 0-3 (Harry Kewell 79).

Middlesbrough v Leeds United (2-3)
Mark Viduka scored the winner for Leeds United, at Middlesbrough, in a five-goal action packed thriller. Lamine Sakho got the show on the road for the visitors; scoring the opening goal within fifteen minutes of the start. Middlesbrough replied early in the second-half, with goals from Nemeth and Paulista, before Zoumana Camara brought the scores level. Although they missed enough chances to wrap up the game, this defeat still leaves Middlesbrough without a win.
0-1 (Lamine Sakho 15); 1-1 (Szilard Nemeth 59); 2-1 (Osvaldo Juninho Paulista 62); 2-2 (Zoumana Camara 76); 2-3 (Mark Viduka 88).

Newcastle United v Birmingham City (0-1)
Newcastle United's failure to qualify for the Champions League money-spinner during the week, on penalties, was followed by a defeat at home to Birmingham City; with David Dunn following up on his penalty kick, to score at the second attempt.
0-1 (David Dunn 60).

Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham (0-3)
Tottenham's impressive results against Leeds and Liverpool meant nothing to Fulham, who dealt out a three-nil thrashing on the North London turf; thanks to two goals and an assist, for Luis Boa Morte, from Barry Hales.
0-1 (Barry Hayles 22); 0-2 (Barry Hayles 66); 0-3 (Luis Boa Morte 70).

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Portsmouth (0-0)
Wolverhamton Wanderers and Portsmouth shared the spoils at Molineux, although Teddy Sherringham should have put Portsmouth back on top of the table. Wolves stay bottom, but they do have their first Premiership point.

Sunday 31st August

Manchester City v Arsenal (1-2)
Arsenal are the only club to maintain a 100% record, thanks to second-half goals from Silvain Wiltord and Fredrik Ljungberg. An Arsenal player also scored for Manchester City, but the less said about that the better.
1-0 (Bisan Lauren, own goal, 9); 1-1 (Sylvain Wiltord 47); 1-2 (Fredrik Ljungberg 71).

Southampton v Manchester United (1-0)
Southampton gave Manchester United their first Premiership defeat since Christmas; when James Beattie scored the only goal of the game, three minutes from time.
1-0 (James Beattie 87).


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