We look at the leading contenders in the Premier League this season and how they will fare in the opening gameweek of the new campaign.
Brentford vs Arsenal – Friday at 9pm
The Gunners have not been good for some time. Is Mikel Arteta the answer? Are the London club still a genuine top four outfit? Both questions will be answered by Christmas. A gentle start, albeit on the road, awaits Arsenal and they “should” get over the line …
Manchester United vs Leeds – Saturday at 1:30pm
One of the fiercest rivalries opens Saturday’s action and the Red Devils will be wary of underestimating the visitors. Leeds showed their attacking qualities last term but were flakey in defence. United were poor at home and won an almost uncountable number of games after conceding first. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not be able to call upon a number of his best players … a potentially long afternoon awaits.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace – Saturday at 4pm
The Blues are the favourites to beat City to the league this season. And why not after they conquered Europe last season. Thomas Tuchel’s tough defensive pattern will ensure they win more games than they lose and they will only get better once Romelu Lukaku arrives.
Norwich vs Liverpool – Sunday at 2:30pm
The Reds were awful in their title defence last season but powered home. If they start how they finish and keep their squad injury free, then it could be Klopp vs Guardiola vs Tuchel to see who wins the greatest prize in English football. Norwich are many pundits relegation candidates so this one stinks of a comfortable away win.
Spurs vs Manchester City – Sunday at 5:30pm