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2021-22 English Premier League
  • Emmanuel Dennis (10')
  • Ismaïla Sarr (42')
  • Juan Hernández (67')
  • John McGinn (70')
  • Danny Ings (90'+7' PEN)

Watford hold on to make winning Premier League return against Villa

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Emmanuel Dennis and Cucho Hernandez scored on their debuts as Watford made a winning return to the Premier League by beating Aston Villa 3-2 in their season opener.

Playing in the centre of Watford's front three, Nigeria international Dennis opened the scoring after 10 minutes by driving home the rebound from his own blocked shot.

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He turned provider when he set up Ismaila Sarr, whose shot took a deflection off the outstretched foot of Tyrone Mings to send it looping over goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and into the net three minutes before the break.

Dennis suffered a foot injury and was replaced in the 66th minute by Colombian Hernandez. A minute later the 22-year-old curled home an exquisite strike from the edge of the box in his first game for the club after a number of seasons on loan in Spain.

John McGinn pulled one back for Villa with a brilliant strike on the half-volley from the edge of the area four minutes later, but Villa created little until deep into stoppage time when Bertrand Traore won a penalty.

New signing Danny Ings stepped up to fire home the spot kick but it made little difference to the end result as Watford held on to win 3-2.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Chelsea 9 +20 22
2 Liverpool 9 +21 21
3 Manchester City 9 +16 20
4 West Ham United 9 +6 17
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 9 0 15
6 Tottenham Hotspur 9 -4 15
7 Manchester United 9 +1 14
8 Everton 9 +1 14
9 Leicester City 9 0 14
10 Arsenal 9 -3 14
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 0 13
12 Brentford 9 +2 12
13 Aston Villa 9 -2 10
14 Watford 9 -5 10
15 Crystal Palace 9 -3 9
16 Southampton 9 -4 8
17 Leeds United 9 -8 7
18 Burnley 9 -8 4
19 Newcastle United 9 -9 4
20 Norwich City 9 -21 2