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What to look out for on the opening weekend of the Premier League

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The celebrities are out for the return of the most important league on the earth (Image: Getty/Rex/Metro.co.uk)

It’s not laborious to work out why the tv cameras are heading to Selhurst Park for his or her first reside providing of the season tonight. Twelve months in the past Sky additionally kicked off with Arsenal away to London neighbours and so they had been fairly dreadful in a 2-0 loss at Brentford.

Three successive defeats firstly of the season left them taking part in catch-up and April’s 3-0 reversal at Palace – managed by legendary former Gunners midfielder Patrick Vieira – triggered a late-season hunch that price Arsenal a Champions League spot.

The large summer season signings of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester Metropolis have given Mikel Arteta’s squad an encouraging, contemporary look even when manager-bater-in-chief Piers Morgan predictably stays an arch critic of the Spaniard.

The large match: Crystal Palace v Arsenal, Right now, 8pm, Sky Sports activities

Jesus has scored seven pre-season objectives – together with a hat-trick in final Saturday’s 6-0 victory over Sevilla – only one fewer than his whole Premier League tally final time period. With Martin Odegaard the brand new captain and rising stars Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah once more able to take centre stage, the wave of optimism surrounding Arsenal is comprehensible.

However pre-season can be forgotten as soon as tonight’s recreation is beneath manner and the Gunners can count on few favours from Vieira, whose feelings on the touchline in the course of the 2-2 draw on the Emirates final season gave no trace of divided loyalties.
Palace’s summer season enterprise has been extra smart than spectacular – defensive midfielder Cheick Doucoure from Lens and Bayern Munich defender Chris Richards.

Can Jesus stop the Gooners from one other humiliating season opener (Image: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC through Getty Pictures)

Conor Gallagher can be missed after returning to Chelsea however they’ve Eberechi Eze – who missed most of final season with an Achilles damage – and talisman Wilfried Zaha pulling the strings, as they did as a 4-2 win over Montpellier wrapped up pre-season.

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Vieira definitely has loads of credit score within the financial institution amongst Palace followers. Final time period’s Twelfth-place end was on a par with predecessor Roy Hodgson, however the eye-catching manner it was achieved was chalk and cheese.

Fulham v Liverpool, Saturday, 12.30pm, BT Sport

Grownup tickets in dwelling sections had been priced £90 and £100 for this recreation. Welcome again to the Premier League, Fulham followers. They are going to be hoping it’s third time fortunate and delight doesn’t come earlier than a fall after Marco Silva’s facet impressively gained the Championship final season.

All eyes can be on whether or not Aleksandar Mitrovic can lastly be prolific within the high flight and the way a lot they miss teenager Fabio Carvalho, who is ready to start out on Liverpool’s bench given the attacking riches at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal.

Match stat: Liverpool’s final league defeat got here at Leicester on December 28.

Tottenham v Southampton, Saturday, 3pm

Kane and Son must be able to hit the bottom operating (Image: Han Myung-Gu/Getty Pictures)

There wasn’t an excessive amount of for Saints to cheer within the second half of final season however they did win 3-2 at Spurs again in February, with Che Adams getting their winner after the hosts had led twice.

On the time, Antonio Conte’s facet had been tending to alternate between victories and defeats however eight wins from their final 11 video games of the season noticed them beat bitter rivals Arsenal to a Champions League spot.

They’re with out Oliver Skipp for the beginning of the season after he suffered a heel damage in coaching.

Match stat: Each groups have scored in 14 of the final 15 league and cup conferences.

Newcastle v Nottingham Forest, Saturday, 3pm

Forest’s first Premier League recreation for 23 years is one thing of a baptism of fireplace and the way shortly boss Steve Cooper can get a squad that includes 12 summer season signings to gel could possibly be key. He had little alternative, with 5 loanees that includes of their play-off ultimate win over Huddersfield.

Regardless of Newcastle’s big-money signings, native teenager Elliot Anderson’s kind in pre-season has put him within the operating to make his first Premier League begin whereas they attempt to prise James Maddison away from Leicester.

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Match stat: Forest have conceded simply 15 objectives in 20 away video games beneath Cooper.

Leeds v Wolves, Saturday, 3pm

Jesse Marsch and his Leeds facet are stuffed with momentum after an excellent pre-season (Image: Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Pictures)

Solely the relegated groups scored fewer objectives than Wolves final season so having Raul Jimenez sidelined by damage for eight weeks and Adam Traore nursing a hamstring subject is much from splendid, their massive summer season purchase having been defender Nathan Collins.

Jesse Marsch’s Leeds accomplished their pre-season with a 6-2 win over Cagliari wherein Rodrigo obtained a hat-trick however, much more considerably, Patrick Bamford netted twice as he appears to be like to place an injury-ravaged 2021-22 behind him.

Match stat: Wolves obtained two factors from their final seven video games final time period.

Bournemouth v Aston Villa, Saturday, 3pm

Scott Parker’s pleasure at securing computerized promotion appears to have been short-lived given Bournemouth’s lack of switch exercise this summer season. Little marvel the bookies make them odds-on favourites for the drop.

Villa boss Steven Gerrard is aware of a factor or two about being a captain and his resolution to present John McGinn the armband at Tyrone Mings’ expense can’t have been taken frivolously. The summer season arrival of Diego Carlos in defence ought to make them a more durable nut to crack.

Match stat: Bournemouth have crushed Villa 2-1 of their final three conferences.

Everton v Chelsea, Saturday, 5.30PM, Sky Sports activities

Can Chelsea galvanise a new-look defence (Image: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC through Getty Pictures)

Hopes that Dominic Calvert-Lewin could have an injury-free marketing campaign this time round haven’t lasted lengthy with the England striker set to overlook the primary six weeks of the season after selecting up a knock in coaching, a fair larger blow for beneath stress boss Frank Lampard, particularly after Richarlison’s summer season exit to Tottenham.

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has warned Chelsea are under-cooked forward of the brand new season and Goodison Park is a floor on which the Blues have a surprisingly poor document.

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Match stat: 4 successive dwelling wins for Everton over Chelsea by an combination 7-1.

Leicester v Brentford, Sunday, 2pm

There can be loads of folks predicting a case of second-season syndrome for Brentford, particularly with Christian Eriksen having moved to Manchester United, leaving supervisor Thomas Frank to confess: ‘He introduced numerous high quality to us – we are able to’t substitute that.’

It appears like Leicester are beginning the season in a state of flux, with supervisor Brendan Rodgers having to take care of a brand new monetary actuality. Inspirational goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel appears like a giant loss.

Match stat: The Foxes haven’t signed a single new first-team participant this Summer season.

Man United v Brighton, Sunday, 2pm, Sky Sports activities

The sensation that United should not a cheerful membership has been heightened by supervisor Erik ten Hag having to admonish Cristiano Ronaldo for leaving a pre-season recreation early after being substituted, former coach Chris Armas claiming a succession of leaks brought on dressing-room unrest and goalkeeper Dean Henderson’s grumbles about damaged guarantees seeing him waste a yr of his profession.

Don’t overlook Graham Potter’s facet thumped United 4-0 in Might.

Match stat: Brighton’s ninth place final season was their highest top-flight end.

West Ham v Man Metropolis, Sunday, 4:30pm, Sky Sports activities

The Hammers are among the many summer season’s massive spenders, with an £85million outlay, £35.5m of that on Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca doubtlessly taking among the goalscoring burden off Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen.

Metropolis needed to come again from 2-0 all the way down to safe a 2-2 draw at West Ham in Might, shakiness on the again that was evident once more in final week’s Neighborhood Protect defeat to Liverpool.

Match stat: Man Metropolis misplaced 1-0 at Tottenham of their opening fixture of final season.


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