The start of the English Premier League is just days away and anticipation is growing ahead of what should be another rollercoaster of a season. The opening weekend begins on Friday 11th of August with Arsenal facing off against 2015/16 champions Leicester City. It ends with what should be a tasty affair between Manchester United and West Ham at Old Trafford on the Sunday.
The first fixture will be a real test of Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare’s credentials as a boss in the top flight. He did well after replacing Claudio Ranieri but will the honeymoon period could well and truly be over. It will be interesting to see how the three at the back system fairs for Arsenal this season and how quickly Alexandre Lacazette can make an impact on the Premier League.
Watford and Liverpool then go head to head in the lunchtime kick off on Saturday, with Marco Silva’s men set to unleash new signing Andre Gray. Liverpool have added even more pace to their ranks in Mo Salah, so it will be interesting to see how that one plays out.
Elsewhere champions Chelsea face Burnley at home, with all eyes on the attacking lines of both sides. Chelsea have new man Alvaro Morata available and Burnley have just lost their star man, Andre Gray.
Newly promoted Huddersfield visit Crystal Palace and it could end up being a battle of the managers. David Wagner received plaudits for The Terriers’ exploits lasts season and new Palace chief Frank de Boer looks set to completely overhaul Palace’s system and playing style.
A new look Everton, without Romelu Lukaku, host a Stoke City side without Marko Arnautovic while Southampton, minus Virgil van Dijk, take on Swansea City who are likely to be without Gylfi Sigurdsson. So it will be interesting to see how a few teams fair after losing or being on the verge of losing their star players of last season.
Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth visit The Hawthorns and the biggest test of the weekend is Brighton taking on Pep Guardiola’s star studded Manchester City. Many will expect City to run riot against the newly promoted Seagulls but Brighton have a lot of heart and determination, so they will be up for causing an upset.
Sunday sees Newcastle and Spurs meet at St James Park with Pochettino and his troops keen to avenge the 5-1 defeat they suffered last time they visited. It will be an interesting visit for West Ham as they head to Old Trafford, especially for Chicarito, a onetime Manchester United player.
It’s sure to be a great opening weekend and make sure to check the latest odds of Premier League, with the top teams determined to set down a marker and send out a message to their rivals. There are sure to be twists and turns and it will be the first day of a gripping Premier League campaign. One thing is for certain, anything could happen, as was proven when Leicester City won the title not so long ago.