The long-awaited return of the Premier League is upon us, with champions Manchester City starting the defence of their Premier League title with a trip to London.
The Citizens were pushed all the way by Liverpool last term, and if they are to make it a hat-trick of titles, they know they cannot afford too many slip-ups as they travel to West Ham on Saturday.
City boss Pep Guardiola has tinkered with his squad over the summer and added Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri to his already top-notch squad. Whether he gets a run-out at the London Stadium remains to be seen, but whichever XI Guardiola puts out, they will be going all out for the win.
West Ham have had a busy summer after adding some quality to their ranks over the summer. There are expected to be home debuts for attacking midfielder Pablo Fornals and striker Sebastien Haller, but they will take time to gel and so City are expected to get off the mark with a victory.
New-boys Sheffield United have an away trip to Bournemouth as their opening fixture. They will expect to come away with a positive result, but the Cherries have a quality squad and will prove to be a tough opener.
One thing in the Blades’ favour is the fact Eddie Howe’s squad has been hit badly by injury problems, as he has no fewer than six first-team players out of action.
United boss Chris Wilder has no such worries and will take a full squad to the south coast, where there could be debuts for Oliver McBurnie and Luke Freeman.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has enjoyed a productive summer and they are many people’s tip to push Manchester City and Liverpool all the way for the Premier League crown itself.
They will want to get off to a fast start in the late game and will expect to do just that against newly-promoted Aston Villa, who have signed a whole host of new players ahead of the big kick-off.