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Relegation favourites Huddersfield go top of the Premier League

Elsewhere, there were wins for Everton and West Brom in this afternoon’s 3pm games.

Huddersfield Town's Steve Mounie celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park.
Huddersfield Town's Steve Mounie celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park.
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Updated at 17.35

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN MARKED their top flight return with a remarkable 3-0 win at Crystal Palace that sent them top of the table, while Wayne Rooney bagged the winner on his Everton comeback in a 1-0 victory over Stoke City in the Premier League today.

Frank de Boer made a losing start to life as Palace manager after a Joel Ward own goal and a Steve Mounie double earned Huddersfield a 3-0 win on their return to the top flight after an absence of 45 years.

Mounie’s goals were the first repayments on his club-record £11.4 million transfer from Montpellier and sent David Wagner’s men to the top of the fledgling standings.

Rooney crowned his first appearance for formative club Everton since 2004 by notching the only goal against Stoke, heading in Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s cross for his 199th Premier League goal.

Debutant Ahmed Hegazi’s first-half header earned West Bromwich Albion a 1-0 win over Bournemouth, while Mauricio Pellegrino’s tenure as Southampton manager began with a 0-0 draw at home to Swansea City.

Pep Guardiola’s big-spending Manchester City launch their campaign at promoted Brighton and Hove Albion later on Saturday.

Premier League 3pm results:

Chelsea 2 (Morata 69, Luiz 88) Burnley 3 (Vokes 24, 43, Ward 39)

Crystal Palace 0 Huddersfield 3 (Ward 24-og, Mounie 26, 78)

Everton 1 (Rooney 45+1) Stoke 0

Southampton 0 Swansea 0

Watford 3 (Okaka 8, Doucoure 32, Britos 90+3) Liverpool 3 (Mane 29, Firmino 55-pen, Salah 57)

West Brom 1 (Hegazi 31) Bournemouth 0

© – AFP 2017 

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