Bournemouth 1 vs Sheffield United 1
It finished level at the Vitality Stadium as the visitors impressed greatly on their Premier League promotion.
The Blades made a bright start in the first half and saw McGoldrick’s strike saved early on, before Robinson had his long-range effort parried wide.
After the interval, the hosts went ahead against the run of play when Mepham bundled home following a goalmouth scramble.
However, Sheffield got a deserved equaliser late on as Sharp reacted quick to a loose ball in the box before firing beyond Ramsdale.
Eddie Howe’s side travel to Aston Villa next weekend, while Sheffield United welcome Crystal Palace to Bramall Lane on Sunday.
Burnley 3 Southampton 0
Burnley got their season off to a perfect start by thrashing Southampton 3-0 at Turf Moor, courtesy of Ashley Barnes brace and Gudmundsson’s solo goal.
The game took a while to get going, but the hosts finally got the breakthrough just after the hour-mark. Jannik Vestergaard’s defensive mistake proved costly as it allowed Barnes to go through on goal to put the Clarets ahead.
The striker doubled the advantage in the 70th minute as he converted Erik Pieters’ deep cross from the left, before Gudmundsson added the icing on the cake, curling the ball into the far corner after a superb solo run.
The Saints faded in the second half and the closest they came to scoring was towards stoppage time, when Nick Pope denied Vestergaard from close range following a goalmouth scramble.
Southampton will be looking to bounce back next week when they entertain Liverpool, while Burnley will be away at Arsenal.
Crystal Palace 0 Everton 0
The Eagles and the Toffees shared the spoils in their opening game as it finished a barren draw.
Both sides had little to show in the form of goalscoring chances in the first half, but produced more attacking threat after the break.
Jordan Pickford denied Jordan Ayew and Max Meyer in quick succession, and on the other end, Guaita stopped a long range effort from Gylfi Sigurdsson.
With 15 minutes to full time, Morgan Schneiderlin caught Luka Milovojevic with a late challenge from behind, and the Everton man got his second booking and ultimately his marching orders.
Everton were then happy to keep possession and mostly passed the ball between their defenders to run the clock down. Palace had a few chances in between but could not produce a decent final touch.
Wilfried Zaha, who is unhappy not to have sealed a move away from Palace this summer, came on in 67th minute, while Moise Kean made his Everton debut after replacing Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the 71st minute.
Marco Silva would probably be happy with the clean sheet, but will be hoping his men can show more in an attacking sense when they host Watford on Saturday 17. Meanwhile, Palace travel to Sheffield United.
Watford 0 Brighton 3
Brighton shocked Watford at Vicarage Road with a 3-0 result.
Abdoulaye Doucoure put the Hornets on the back foot through an own goal, accidentally poking a Montonya’s cross past Ben Foster.
The hosts looked to respond right away but Doucoure could not make amends as he blasted over from range. They continued to mount pressure at Brighton’s goal but without finding a breakthrough.
Javi Gracia wasted no time to act as he summoned Roberto Pererya from the bench to replace Deulofeu at half-time.
Watford started to force issues and won a free-kick just outside the Brighton box in the 56th minute.
Pereyra stepped up but could only hit the wall before he yelled at referee Craig Pawson for a penalty as the Argentine claimed there was a handball somewhere. The referee checked with VAR and no penalty was awarded.
But it is Brighton’s substitutes that make the difference as Florin Andone, who replaced Jurgen Locadia on minute 64, extended their lead by getting on the end of a Davy Propper cross before making a first-time finish past Ben Foster.
Then new signing Neal Maupay made an immediate impact on his debut after he came on for Glenn Murray.
Lewis Dunk made an exquisite throughball that took about six Watford players out of the game to find Maupay in a dangerous area, and the striker jinked past Foster and rolled the ball into the net.
It was an impressive opening day for Brighton, who face West Ham at the Amex on Saturday. Watford, meanwhile, take on Everton at Goodison Park the same day.