Burnley beat Chelsea 3-2 in a close encounter
Chelsea had two players sent off as they fell to a stunning 3-2 defeat against Burnley to open their title defence. Nine-man Chelsea fell to a shock 3-2 home defeat against Burnley as their Premier League title defence began with a stunning upset. Captain Gary Cahill was sent off after just 14 minutes for a challenge on Steven Defour, but that was just the start of the astonishing drama at Stamford Bridge. Sam Vokes starred for Burnley with two of his side's three goals before half-time, Stephen Ward also netting in between the Wales striker's double. In-form Vokes now has seven goals in his last six Premier League appearances after netting only five in the previous 58. Antonio Conte gave Alvaro Morata 31 minutes from the substitutes' bench on his Premier League debut and he scored with a header. Any hopes of a recovery were dented when Cesc Fabregas was sent off after collecting a second booking late on, although David Luiz did set up a grandstand finish with a powerful volley to make it 3-2 with two minutes left. Robbie Brady then hit the post at the opposite end from a free-kick as Burnley pushed for a fourth.
In another match, an injury-time equaliser from Miguel Britos saw Watford earn a 3-3 draw at home to Liverpool. A goal on his competitive debut from Mohamed Salah was not enough for Liverpool to open their season with a win, as Watford snatched an injury-time equaliser in a pulsating 3-3 draw. The Reds' record signing netted shortly before the hour mark with what looked set to be the winning goal, only for Miguel Britos to nod the ball in following a corner. Stefano Okaka had headed Watford into the lead and Abdoulaye Doucoure restored the home side's advantage shortly after Sadio Mane scored a superb equaliser for Liverpool.