Can 2018/19 match last season’s opening salvo?

Can 2018/19 match last season’s opening salvo?

Premier League fans awaiting the 201819 fixtures, out at 09:00 BST on 14 June, will hope the opening matches will provide the same fireworks as last season.

That’s because 201718 started in record style.

With seven goals, the opening match where Arsenal beat Leicester City 4-3 was the joint-highest scoring Matchweek 1 fixture in Premier League history.

The excitement didn’t let up.

That Friday-night match was followed by a six-goal thriller in Saturday’s early kick-off, as Mohamed Salah got the first of his record 32 goals in a 3-3 draw between Watford and Liverpool.

With Burnley stunning champions Chelsea 3-2 at home and Manchester United putting four past West Ham United, 31 goals in total were scored over the opening weekend.

It put 201718 among the top five for most goals scored in Matchweek 1, five behind the record total of 36 in 200304.

With the final day of last season also producing 31 goals, here’s hoping the 20 clubs can carry on where 201718 left off.

Most goals in Matchweek 1 Season Goals Season Goals 200304 36 199293* 30 199495* 34 201516 30 200607 33 199394* 29 200809 32 199596, 200001,200102, 200708,201617 28 201718 31

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He has great balance, situs judi online footwork and speed, with the ability to go past defenders with and without the ball.

Sessegnon’s crossing is good but it is the youngster’s finishing that stands out as his best quality.

He can convert chances with either foot and has a knack of getting into excellent positions inside the penalty area. Many of his 16 goals were close-range efforts, after he had drifted into the centre of the box.

Very few wide men are able to become a second striker with the ease of Sessegnon, which is remarkable given that he broke into the side as a full-back.

Sessegnon goals in 201718 Total Goals 16 Left foot 10 Right foot 5 Header 1 Inside box 15 Outside box 1

With eight assists as well, Sessegnon was directly involved in almost 30 per cent of Fulham’s goals en route to promotion. That is a sensational record.

Even if he is on the periphery of matches Sessegnon is always a dangerous player. With development to come, he looks a superstar in the making.

Also in this series

Part 1: The promoted: Fast Wolves can take their big chancePart 2: Wolves: Three players to watchPart 3: The promoted: Cardiff can shake things upPart 4: Cardiff: Three players to watchPart 5: The promoted: Fulham set to return in style.

Fulham remind me of a Pep Guardiola team. They play attractive football based on movement and domination of the ball.

Led by a quality midfield trio, they like to dictate matches and wear rivals down.

It will be tougher to repeat this in the Premier League but I do not expect a shift in policy from Jokanovic.

Fulham are set to be a delight to watch.

Also in this series

Part 1: The promoted: Fast Wolves can take their big chancePart 2: Wolves: Three players to watchPart 3: The promoted: Cardiff can shake things upPart 4: Cardiff: Three players to watchPart 6: Fulham: Three players to watch

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