Graham Potter’s Brighton stole the show on the first Saturday of the new Premier League season after he led his side to a thumping 3-0 victory at Watford in his first competitive game in charge of the club.

Seen as one of the favourites to go down this season, the Seagulls produced a brilliant performance to record their biggest victory on the opening day of a league season since 1999-2000 (6-0 v Mansfield in Division 4).

French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure’s own-goal gave the visitors the lead in the 28th minute before second-half strikes from Florin Andone and summer signing Neal Maupay, who came off the bench to make his debut, secured the points.

As for Watford (40/1 – FA Cup Outright), it was their biggest defeat on an opening day since 2001-02 (3-0 v Manchester City in the second tier) and they will be looking to bounce straight back at Everton next Saturday.

Burnley also recorded a 3-0 victory after they thumped Southampton at Turf Moor. The Clarets, who are also seen as relegation candidates, wrapped up the comfortable thanks to a brace from Ashley Barnes and a Johann Berg Gudmundsson strike.

Saints summer signing Che Adams was given his full debut but was unable to find the back of the net and the south-coast outfit made it six straight seasons without winning their opening fixture.

Over at Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace were unable to make the most of an extra man as they could only draw 0-0 with Everton, who had Morgan Schneiderlin sent off in the 76th minute after his second bookable offence.

Ivory Coast international Wilfried Zaha, who was unable to force a move away this summer, came on as a second-half substitute for the Eagles, while Everton’s new arrival Moise Kean made his debut off the bench.

In the fourth and final game that kicked off at 3pm, Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp scored in the 88th minute to rescue a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

Defender Chris Mepham had put the Cherries ahead in the 62nd minute before Sharp climbed off the bench with eight minutes remaining to claim a share of the spoils for the Blades.

In the early kick-off, Manchester City (4/1f – Champions League Outright) started their title defence with a 5-0 hammering of West Ham United at the London Stadium, while a Harry Kane brace and a debut goal from Tanguy Ndombele helped Spurs came from 1-0 down at home to beat newcomers Aston Villa 3-1.

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