Premier League opening day: Highlights, key moments as new season starts

The new Premier League season has officially been kicked off, with defending champion Leicester City doing the honors and beginning its title defense at promoted side Hull City. 

It’s one of seven matches on opening day, with a pair of enticing matches (Bournemouth-Manchester United, Arsenal-Liverpool) slated for Sunday and new-look Chelsea and West Ham finishing off the maiden week on Monday. 

There’s plenty to keep under watch on Saturday: How will Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City look? What can Leicester do to begin its unlikely title defense, sans vital 2015-16 performer N’Golo Kante? Will the seeds to another surprise run get planted? Here’s the slate of matches for the day:

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7:30 a.m. ET

Hull City vs. Leicester City

After misses from Leicester’s Christian Fuchs, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, Hull–pegged by many for relegation and a quick return to the second tier–took a stunning lead just before halftime. Kasper Schmeichel’s tremendous save off a corner kick fell to Abel Hernandez, who patiently set himself up for a bicycle-kick finish (though Adama Diamande also went for the acrobatic strike and was given the final touch) for the opening goal of the season:

The tide turned quickly after halftime. Demarai Gray was taken down by Tom Huddlestone 15 seconds into the second half, though the contact appeared to happen just outside the box. The penalty was given, anyhow, and Mahrez buried the spot kick to bring Leicester back level at 1-1.

Hull restored its lead some 10 minutes later. Robert Snodgrass delivered a thunderous finish from inside the area, tucking it in the bottom right corner to make it 2-1 to the Tigers.

10 a.m. ET

Burnley vs. Swansea City

Crystal Palace vs. West Brom

Everton vs. Tottenham

​Middlesbrough vs. Stoke City

Southampton vs. Watford

12:30 p.m. ET

Manchester City vs. Sunderland

Stay tuned for updates and highlights of key moments and results throughout the day.



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