Manchester City opens Premier League title defense by bossing West Ham

West Ham v Man City official line-ups Premier League 19/20 GW1 10/08/2019. BeSoccer

West Ham v Man City official line-ups Premier League 19/20 GW1 10/08/2019. BeSoccer

Sterling scored in stoppage time to complete the second-half deluge, but in truth there was nary a moment when it felt like West Ham was going to get something out of this game. "It will be a good lesson for our future", Guardiola said.

Sergio Aguero added to the woes of the Hammers with his strike from the penalty spot before the Algeria global provided the assist for Sterling to seal the victory.

So the Premier League has kicked off and it seems that it is business as usual as both the title favourites Manchester City and Liverpool got off to flying starts.

City, who racked up 98 points to beat Liverpool by a point last season, rarely getting out of second gear with a measured performance at London's Olympic Stadium.

Mahrez had been a surprise selection ahead of Bernardo Silva, Walker knows that new signing Joao Cancelo is after his spot, and Jesus only had to glance to the bench to see Sergio Aguero there waiting.

Aguero made it 4-0 in the 86th, and Sterling wrapped it up in injury time, becoming the first since Didier Drogba in 2010-11 to start with a hat-trick on the league's opening weekend.

Speaking to the press after the game, Guardiola was asked if he was happy with the result.

The Premier League clash gets underway at 12.30pm BST.

There are three games on Sunday, including Manchester United against Chelsea at Old Trafford (16:30) in Frank Lampard's first league match in charge of the Blues.

On the other side of the coin, Tottenham defeated Aston Villa in the opening round of the season. "It will never be comparable with what we lived last season".

Brighton made an excellent start under new boss Graham Potter with a surprise 3-0 win at Watford - thanks to an own goal from Abdoulaye Doucoure and second-half strikes by forwards Florin Andone and Neal Maupay.

Icelandic winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson added the third on a disappointing day for Ralph Hasenhuttl's side.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique (left) and Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam battle for the ball during the first half of a football match in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The England captain's two late goals mean he has now scored six goals in as many Premier League games against the Villains.