Five of the best Premier League opening day shocks

Arsenal, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Wigan Athletic and Liverpool have all been caught by surprise in Premier League openers. Should Chelsea beware against Hull this weekend?

As the Premier League season begins this weekend we look back on some of the best opening day shocks from down the years. Opening day is always a good time to see some upsets, as the bigger teams may not be fully into the swing of things and can be caught cold. Take a look at our picks below.

Arsenal 2 Norwich City 4 - 1992

The first day ever of the Premier League threw up one of the biggest opening day shocks ever. Less than two years since they were Champions of England Arsenal turned up at Highbury expecting to start their season with three points; but the Canaries had other ideas. It looked to be going to plan as Arsenal got out to a 2-0 lead in the first half through goals from Kevin Campbell and Steve Bould. Two goals from Mark Robins, strikes from Ruel Fox and David Phillips shocked the home crowd, this result sent them on their way to Norwich's highest ever finish of third.

Sheffield United 2 Manchester United 1 - 1992

A memorable opening day victory for the Blades as they got the win over the eventual Champions Manchester United, they finished the season in a respectable 14th place but their first match of the season was surely the highlight. Two goals from Brian Deane sent Sheffield United to victory, the fought of a late charge from Manchester United after a goal from Mark Hughes.

Middlesbrough 0 Bradford City 1 - 1999

Newly promoted Bradford City were not really given much of a hope of survival by anybody, they proved their place in the Premier League with an injury time winner from Dean Saunders gave the Bantams the perfect to the season. They also went on to avoid relegation with a last day victory over Liverpool with a goal from David Wetherall; they did however face relegation the next season.

Wigan Athletic 0 Blackpool 4 - 2010

Newly promoted Blackpool caused an opening day shock when the beat Wigan Athletic 4-0 away from home. Lots of pundits expected Ian Holloway's men to struggle in their first season in the Premier League but goals from Taylor-Fletcher, Harewood and Baptiste fired them to a memorable start to their top-flight campaign. Sadly their say in the division was restricted to just one season, as they couldn't maintain their early season form and succumbed to relegation in May.

West Bromwich Albion 3 Liverpool 0 - 2012

Not quite as big a shock on first look but nobody expected West Brom to comfortably beat Liverpool on the opening day of last season. Goals from Gera and Lukaku with a penalty from Peter Odemwingie secured the three points for the Baggies. Brendan Rodgers' first game in charge of Liverpool was an all round disaster as his side lost heavily and went down to 10 men after Daniel Agger was sent off after giving away a penalty.

Who will provide an opening day shocks this year?

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