The English Premier League kicks off following summer signings
There hasn’t been much of a football break thanks to the World Cup, and the chaos of the transfer window came to an end on Thursday evening and now the focus will be entirely on the football as clubs look to lay down a marker on the opening weekend. There will be plenty of new signings on show over the weekend, with the likes of Alisson at Liverpool, Jorginho for Chelsea and Fred at Manchester United all set to make their Premier League debuts.
With the Premier League just a few hours away we thought we would share a few things to consider this weekend.
Will United or Leicester make a strong start?
Manchester United boss Mourinho and Leicester’s Puel are under more pressure than others to start the season with their teams at their strongest. There has been a lot of skepticism surrounding the clubs and their methods, so it will be interesting to see how it plays out. Preparations have been complicated by the transfer window and the delayed return of key players from the World Cup – and the fusses around Paul Pogba and Harry Maguire, in particular – so there is a lot of uncertainty about the lineups. When it comes down to it this match will be very much dependent on the teams’ defenses.
Will an expensive season make way for a strong approach?
The Wolves surely did not launch into a historic spending splurge to finish 17th. With players such as João Moutinho, Diogo Jota, Rui Patrício and Adama Traoré enriching a squad that claimed last season’s Championship – there is no doubt they will try to get right in there and fight their way till the end. Similarly, Everton also spent heavily and are aiming just as high. The opening day of the Premier League will shine light on which of these clubs is more likely to achieve their ambitions.
Will Wagner’s decision to omit additions aid or hinder a win against Chelsea?
David Wagner did not make many additions to his squad this summer, but you can count on his team to be as spirited and well-drilled as they were last season – making them difficult opponents for Chelsea. The Blues were a mess during last week’s defeat in the Community Shield, albeit to a Manchester City side that have only a little more talent than Huddersfield. While Maurizio will be able to field a stronger lineup there is still that feeling that Huddersfield will beat Chelsea this weekend.
How will Arsenal boss Unai Emery line up against Man. City?
Unai Emery’s first league game in charge of Arsenal couldn’t be harder. Arsenal will begin their fresh era under leadership of Emery against the record-breaking reigning champions. He will be desperate to make his mark on Sunday. Emery’s life will be made much easier with a win on Sunday but with a new goalkeeper in Bernd Leno possibly starting too, he can’t exactly bank on a clean sheet, particularly with Sergio Agüero looking immediately sharp.
How will West Ham fare against Liverpool’s Alisson Becker?
Liverpool away is a tough first match for a manager trying to rebuild a side that had the joint-worst defense in the league last season. They were trashed 4-1 by Jurgen Klopp’s squad. However West Ham have recruited quite wisely during the summer so it is likely they will deploy new goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and at least two new defenders.If they want any chance of outscoring the hosts, they will have to settle in quickly against Liverpool’s new goalkeeper Alisson Becker.