Remember when Harry Kane just could not score a goal in August? It seems a long time ago now.
|Most Premier League hat-tricks by club|
|39: Arsenal and Liverpool|
|32: Manchester United|
|24: Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham|
|10: Aston Villa, Leeds|
Southampton made a slow start to their Premier League campaign as they were beaten 3-0 by Burnley at Turf Moor. But it should come as no surprise for Saints fans as they have not won their opening league fixture since 2013-14 when they beat West Brom 1-0.
In fact, Southampton have a miserable opening Premier League weekend record with only two wins in 21 attempts – a winning return of 9.6%.
Norwich, Leicester and Watford also failed to start off with a win, just like normal. Norwich, 4-1 losers at Liverpool, have only started their Premier League campaign with a win once; the Foxes, who drew 0-0 at home with Wolves, have won their opener on two out of 14 occasions; while the Hornets, who slumped to a 3-0 loss at home against Brighton, have one win from seven attempts.
At the other end of the scale, Manchester United’s 4-0 victory over Frank Lampard’s Chelsea was their 19th opening weekend win in the Premier League era.
Of those sides no longer in the top flight, Blackpool are the only team with a 100% record when they started in style with a 4-0 triumph at Wigan in August 2010 – but that was as good as it got for the Tangerines, who were relegated that season.
QPR were never a good team to bet on early on when they were in the Premier League as they failed to win in seven opening weekends.
|Premier League opening weekend records|
Quick off the mark, but not that quick
Florin Andone netted Brighton’s second goal in their 3-0 win at Watford just 62 seconds after coming on as a substitute. However, he was nowhere near as quick as some players have been. In fact, he does not even make the top 40 since Opta started keeping records of this statistic in 2006.
Newcastle’s Sammy Ameobi comfortably holds the record of best-impact sub as he netted eight seconds after his introduction game at Tottenham in October 2014.
Second on the list is Wigan’s Antoine Sibierski, who only needed 15 seconds before he was celebrating in his side’s home match against Derby in January 2008.
Andrew Johnson (Fulham, 17 seconds), Gerard Deulofeu (Watford, 17), Yakubu (Everton, 18), Apostolos Vellios (Everton, 18), Andre Bikey (Reading, 19) and Stelios Giannakopoulos (Bolton, 19) have also all scored within 20 seconds of coming on.