Premier League: Things to look out for in the opening weekend


The Premier League season is raring to go underway, with just over 48 hours to go for the first match of the season. Here is what we can expect from the opening weekend.

Peter Drury said in ’15-’16 season “Fulfilment of duty plays fulfilment of a dream. Obligation plays fantasy. Logic deems Manchester City natural champions in the offing, mischievous sporting fate is daring to give Leicester City a chance.”
…and then it happened. The mischievous sporting fate became the most sumptuous reality and people started believing in fantasies again. Simply the best league in the world found themselves another winner. A winner that revived the footballing world that money doesn’t buy you everything. Well, gear up ladies and gentlemen, the game is back. The Premier League is back.

Unai Emery will be a household name in London by the end of the week if he can pretermit his record against Pep Guardiola. It’ll be interesting to know that Guardiola had a better record at the Bernabeu than at the Mestalla during the five seasons when Emery and Guardiola were foes in Spain managing Valencia and Barcelona respectively.
“I have a great, great, great opinion of Unai,” said Guardiola in 2011.
“When you watch his teams, you can see there is sense to everything they do. It’s not by chance that in recent years they have rivalled two teams with much higher budgets like Barcelona and Real Madrid.”
An away game against a freshly built squad alongside a tactically flexible manager is what Pep will be relishing to act upon after breaking innumerable records last time out, and after adding Mahrez to his half, City will look for something similar this season. Maybe more.

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The friends and follies of the Premier League and the first name in the list will definitely be our Special One. A transfer window, where Manchester United failed miserably to be clear is the least Mourinho expected after failing to challenge for the league due to City’s dominance last season. This is something the board will be working on and maybe in the last couple of days, we can expect a major signing to take place. Manchester United will be taking on Leicester City on Friday night as they both start the game with transfer concerns. With high interest in Filip Benkovic and Caglar Soyuncu, the future of Maguire seems to be extremely uncertain, as its increasingly a possibility to see Maguire in a red shirt against his current employee. With less than 24 hours before the transfer window closes, we are in for an extremely unpredictable ride.

A transfer window without any incoming employee from the South Coast is what Liverpool fans had been hoping over the past few years and it finally happened. A luxurious transfer window for the Reds as they captured Alisson, Fabinho, Keita and Shaqiri,. Arguably it had to be the best business of the summer after Klopp was given the green light to spend the full money profited from Coutinho’s sale in January. On paper, Liverpool seems to be a realistic challenger to Manchester City if Jurgen Klopp and co. can keep his starting eleven disposed off for the full campaign. Anfield will be welcoming a rejuvenated West Ham side who’ve made seven new signings for the senior squad this summer and any one of them could prove to be a shrewd purchase in this year’s journey. With the likes of Diop, Wilshere, Anderson, Yarmolenko, Fabianksi and Fredericks, and of course a Premier League winning manager in Manuel Pellegrini, cometh January, we can seriously find the Hammers in the top half of the league challenging for a top-4 spot. Only time can vocalise our intuitions.

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Marco Silva had an interesting transfer window. After his favourite talisman from last season in Richarlison went to Everton for such huge fee, he might be getting a free player in Bernard because of the Brazilian. Richarlison’s transfer gave a different opportunity in the transfer window, as a deal for Yeri Mina might be in the offing before the transfer window closes. Silva has the reputation of playing attractive football all his managerial career, and we might see a completely different Everton in action than the one we’d seen lately. Silva will be up against the Champions of the Championship and according to Nuno, “Each and every one of us inside the club has been waiting for it. Cautious, humbled to recognise that we are going to be among the best. But we’re ready and highly motivated. At the same time, we’re well prepared for the game on Saturday.”
Cometh this week, and we’ll get a clearer picture of how Wolves will be shaping up for life in the Premier League after such an amazing Championship campaign.

Tottenham Hotspur remains to be the only club with no incomings this summer, as a late move for Jack Grealish is looking highly unlikely according to sources close to the player. Kaveh Solhekol confirmed in Twitter that Grealish is unlikely to get a move as Aston Villa are keeping their heads up in keeping their brightest talent for a further season and gain promotion for ’19-’20. Being the other substantial club settled in London, Sarri will be hoping to get Kepa and Kovacic by the end of the transfer window as Courtois flirts on with the Spanish giants for his big move and get closer to his children and his ex-partner. Sarri will be starting his Premier League reign against David Wagner’s side who’re still hopeful over the transfer deal of Isaac Mbenza that is ticking for quite a while now, and if not concluded by the end of the window, might have a huge impact on Wagner’s season.

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Predicted Scoreline for Gameweek 1:

Manchester United 2-2 Leicester City

Newcastle United 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Watford 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Bournemouth 2-0 Cardiff City

Huddersfield Town 0-0 Chelsea

Fulham 1-2 Crystal Palace

Wolverhampton 1-1 Everton

Southampton 1-0 Burnley

Liverpool 2-1 West Ham

Arsenal 3-3 Manchester City

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