The best opening day matches of the Premier League era


The new EPL season is just days away now and all 20 of England’s top-flight clubs are gearing up for the campaign ahead.

Since the inception of the Premier League back in 1992, we’ve been treated to some cracking opening weekend fixtures and with some tasty opening weekend fixtures to look forward to we’ve been inspired to look back at some of the best opening day face-offs.

Sheffield Wednesday 4-3 Tottenham, 1994

Before the opening weekend of the 1994/5 season Spurs fans were full of hope; they had just embarked on a new era of continental imports and a certain Jurgen Klinsmann had just been signed from Monaco.

However, in a remarkable match that swung one way then the other, the White Hart Lane outfit came out 4-3 losers at Hillsborough in what is considered as one of the best opening day fixtures in EPL history.

Spurs face off against Aston Villa in their opening day fixture for the 19/20 campaign, where they will be hoping to avoid a similarly shocking defeat. However, they are big favourites to secure victory in this one so if you’re looking to make a bit of profit out of this match then take a look at the oddsmonkey review by matched betting sites.

Middlesbrough 3-3 Liverpool, 1996

This match will forever be remembered for Fabrizio Ravanelli; the enigmatic hitman scored a hat-trick for Boro to mark his arrival in England but ultimately, they were pegged back by Liverpool in what was an enthralling encounter.

Despite Ravenelli’s 16 goals that season, and that stellar opening day draw, it didn’t help Boro avoid the drop come the end of the season.

Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa, 2013

The pressure was already on Arsene Wenger before this opening day encounter against Aston Villa back in 2013 and by the end of the match the boos from the home end were deafening as Villa ran out 3-1 winners thanks to a Christian Benteke double and a late counter-attacking finish from Antonio Luna.

Although they lost their opening game it wasn’t a terrible season for the Gunners in the end; they managed to flirt near the top of the table all season and they also won the FA Cup.

Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool, 2016

We stay in North London again for what was another classic opening day encounter between two EPL heavyweights.

Arsenal took the lead before Klopp’s Liverpool stormed back and went 4-1 ahead. The drama didn’t stop there though. Two Arsenal strikes in quick succession put Liverpool under major pressure and this game will go down as one of the most bizarre, yet entertaining, opening day Premier League games of all time.