began their quest for a third successive Premier League title with a resounding win at West Ham in a game that saw the video assistant referee play a significant role.

VAR, introduced to the Premier League for the first time this season, was used several times as Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick while and Sergio Aguero, from a retaken penalty, also netted in a 5-0 victory for the champions.

, who were playing in League One as recently as 2017, marked their return to the Premier League after a 12-year absence with a spirited 1-1 draw at Bournemouth, Billy Sharp scoring an 88th-minute equaliser to cancel out Chris Mepham’s first goal for the Cherries.

, who have made some significant signings this summer, including ’s Alex Iwobi and Italy forward Moise Kean, were held to a goalless draw at .

’s Morgan Schneiderlin was sent off in the 76th minute, while Wilfried Zaha started on Palace’s bench after missing out on a move before the summer transfer deadline.

Brighton, who finished two points above the relegation zone last season, got off to a flying start under new boss Graham Potter.

They won 3-0 at last season’s FA Cup runners-up Watford – an own goal by Abdoulaye Doucoure, plus strikes by Florin Andone and new signing Neal Maupay sealing the points.

Burnley also won 3-0 at home to Southampton, Ashley Barnes with two goals and Johann Berg Gudmundsson the other.

launch their Premier League campaign at home to newly promoted Aston Villa later on Saturday (17:30 BST).

There are three games on Sunday, including against Chelsea at Old Trafford (16:30) in Frank Lampard’s first league match in charge of the Blues.

Before that, entertain (14:00) at the same time as Wolves play at Leicester.


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