The Premier League is undoubtably one of the most exciting leagues in the world. Football fans from all over can appreciate the level at which these athletes compete.
If you’re a fan of football, you’re surely a fan of the Premier League. Manchester City defending the title for their second season on the trot; Liverpool eager for more silverware. The 19/20 season will surely be a spectacle for us all. So today, we’re looking at some of the exciting fixtures kicking off the 28th Premier League season.
Liverpool host the opening game on the evening of Friday 9th August, hoping to set the tone early for the rest of their season. Coming off the back off an extraordinary Premier League season paired with a Champions League trophy in the cabinet – Liverpool are surely set to make a mark right from the off. Currently expanding their fan experience with Rapid Retail, their investment will certainly pay off with their imminent success this coming season.
Looking at Norwich, a quote from The Guardian is a great summary: “Daniel Farke’s side were excellent going forward last season but will need to improve defensively against stronger opposition”.
It’s always going to be an uphill battle for clubs rising back into the Premier League – one of the toughest, if not, the toughest league in the world. For Norwich to find success in the Championship racking up 94 points and 93 total goals is a fantastic achievement and will certainly be a boost for the players going into the new season. They must now adapt to a new level of football once again, in order to remain in the top division through the following season.
West Ham face Manchester City at home, knowing that the home crowd advantage won’t carry them through this one with ease. We could talk about City all day – clinching the top spot last season with a near perfect second half of the season; having full control in almost every game they played… City truly have been a wonder to watch and we can only hope for more of the same this coming season.
Manuel Pellegrini has been committed to building a strong Hammers squad with some solid pre-season business, so we can expect to see City challenged by a confident side.
Everton, who go up against Crystal Palace this Saturday, are unbeaten in their last 9 games against The Eagles – winning 4 and drawing 5. Palace will be aiming for what will only be their second Premier League win against Everton at Selhurst Park. We can’t predict the score line, but what we know for certain is that the fanzone at Selhurst is easily one of the best around…
For the second season running, Burnley face Southampton in match-week one of the Premier League in what will be an exciting clash to start the season. Based on previous matchups, you could say it’s a tough one to predict – with 3 draws, Burnley winning 3 and Southampton winning 2.
Southampton haven’t been the most consistent out of the gate, winning only 2 of their last 21 opening matches of the Premier League season. Let’s see if they can pull it off this weekend and bag a third.
Brighton come into the new campaign with a new man at the helm as Graham Potter has joined from Swansea to replace Chris Hughton. This weekend will be his first taste of Premier League action at his new club. We’re certain he’s looking to start off with a bang, but will Watford stand in their way?
A poor end to the season for Brighton as they narrowly avoided relegation and Watford looking to bounce back after losing their last 4 in the last Premier League season. With a few big names injured, it will be interesting to see how Watford line up on the day.
A 2-0 win over Cardiff last term was AFC Bournemouth’s first ever Premier League opening-weekend victory, with Sheffield United unbeaten in their 3 Premier League openers – winning 2 and drawing 1.
Spurs will be looking to bounce back from the disappointment of losing the Champions League final and will certainly be looking to challenge for the title this season. In their first game against Villa, they’ll be looking to start as they mean to go on – but Villa will be aiming for that second win in their last 18 against Spurs in all competitions.
A midlands derby taking place with Leicester hosting Wolves – both sides will be eager to secure a top 5 finish this season. Leicester now under new management with ex-Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and without Harry Maguire as of late in the transfer window. Tricky to call, certainly one to watch.
Newcastle will host Arsenal on Sunday; Newcastle now without manager Rafa Benitez who left the club upon his contract expiry. Arsenal will be looking to bounce back after an overall disappointing season last time out. With a lot of firepower in the attack, we’re certain Arsenal will be looking to bag plenty of goals in the opener – it will be interesting to see how Newcastle go about dealing with this.
Manchester United host Chelsea in a cracking Premier League opener on Sunday, the match being the first meeting between two of the ‘big six’ sides in the 2019/20 season.
Plenty of focus will be on Frank Lampard, who will make his managerial debut in the Premier League against the side he so often competed against for the title as a player. However, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United always at the centre of attention, the match will surely produce plenty of talking points.
2 teams littered with injuries, with Chelsea being the most effected. With Hudson-Odoi, N’Golo Kante and Willian not at full fitness, Chelsea could be left weak in the centre and the wings. One things for sure, we’re guaranteed a fantastic game from what is potentially the most anticipated.