The Barclays Premier League season 2011/2012 kicked off with many expectations dashed. Newly promoted Queen Park Rangers and Swansea maybe on cloud nine 3 months ago with their ticket to the main arena but they were both brought down to earth with 4-0 drubbing by Bolton and Manchester City. Fellow promoted club, Norwich managed an away draw at Wigan while Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, all part of the big five failed to start with a win. They were held by Stoke, Sunderland and Newcastle respectively. Everton and Tottenham had their match postponed due to the London riots while defending champions, Manchester United demonstrated their famous Houdini act yet again with a lucky own goal to narrow beat West Bromich Albion away. Fulham were held in a scoreless draw by Aston Villa. Wolves managed an away win at Blackburn to complete the first round of matches.
The stars of the first matches were the lesser names; Shay Given who practically kept Fulham at bay single handedly while Sebastian Larsson probably scored the goal of the week. Two big names however managed to shine in an otherwise drab performance by the multi-millionaires football stars; namely Sergio Aguero who blended in so perfectly and actually ran the Man City main engine. The other big signing who proved he was worth his salt was Ashley Young who blazed up and down the flanks of Man U.
Overall, it was a let down with only 4 outright wins and 5 draws, the season kicked off with a little whimper especially from the main teams, except perhaps Manchester City proving to be the exception.
Team of the week should go to Bolton who top the league with Man City.
Next matches to look out for – Arsenal versus Liverpool on August 20 and a top table class between Bolton Wanderers and Manchester City on August 21.