With the start of the Premier League season upon us, here is a small preview of this weekend’s games.
Arsenal v Leicester City- Friday, August 11. 2:45pm EST:
Arsenal are without star player Alexis Sanchez for their opening game against Leicester because of an injury, but Lacazette and Kolasinac are expected to make their league debuts for the Gunners. Kelechi Iheanacho could make his Leicester debut and Riyad Mahrez looks set to play amid reports of a move to Roma.
Watford v Liverpool- Saturday, August 12. 7:30am EST:
Watford have brought in Andre Gray to partner Troy Deeney up top this season and he will most likely make his debut this weekend along with new signings Will Hughes and Nathaniel Chalobah. For Liverpool, Salah had a great pre-season and will be looking to continue his fine form and expect to see Dominic Solanke at some point as well.
Chelsea v Burnley- Saturday, August 12. 10:00am EST:
The Premier League champions will be without top scorer Diego Costa as he looks set to leave the club. New signing Bakayoko has a small injury and is unavailable. Antonio Rudiger and Alvaro Morata could make their league debuts. Burnley signed Jon Walters from Stoke who will definitely add to their attack.
Everton v Stoke City- Saturday, August 12. 10:00am EST:
Everton had a great transfer window… Bringing in Wayne Rooney, Sandro, Klaassen, Michael Keane and Pickford; who could all make their league debuts. Stoke loaned in Zouma from Chelsea and signed Choupo-Moting to replace Arnautovic.
Southampton v Swansea City- Saturday, August 12. 10:00am EST:
Southampton made a record signing by bringing in Lemina from Juventus this week who will most likely make his debut. Swansea confirmed that Gylfi Sigurdsson would not play this weekend after reports of a transfer set to happen before the end of August. Roque Mesa is set to make his Swansea debut.
Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town- Saturday, August 12. 10:00am EST:
Frank De Boer brought in Dutch duo Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Jairo Riedewald; but Mensah will not play due to paperwork not being done. Loftus-Cheek has also come in on loan from Chelsea and will probably make his debut. Tom Ince should most likely start for the new boys. Palace host newcomers Huddersfield as they look to improve on last season.
West Brom v Bournemouth- Saturday, August 12. 10:00am EST:
West Brom have only brought in Jay Rodriguez from Southampton who should either start or come off the bench for a debut. Bournemouth had their best-ever season last year coming 9th. The Cherries signed Nathan Ake on a permanent deal and brought in Jermaine Defoe.
Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City- Saturday, August 12. 12:30pm EST:
After an impressive season last year winning the second division; Brighton will be looking for a strong start at home. With record signing Davy Propper set to make his debut, they’ll be looking to upset Pep’s City side. Kyle Walker looks set to fight with Danilo for a starting position, while Mendy is doubtful for a start after limited minutes, along with Bernardo Silva.
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur- Sunday, August 13. 8:30am EST:
Newcastle are back in the Premier League once again and will be looking to stay up this time. With new signings Merino, Manquillo and Murphy set to debut, the Magpies will want a winning start at home against last season’s runners-up. Spurs haven’t made a signing and many fans are worried about that after losing Walker. Harry Kane will need his goal-scoring boots ready.
Manchester United v West Ham- Sunday, August 13. 11:00am EST:
After a disappointing first season for Jose Mourinho, the Reds signed Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof, who all look set to make their league debuts at Old Trafford this Sunday. West Ham loaned in Joe Hart, ex-United player Javier Hernandez and Marco Arnautovic from Stoke.
Enjoy the opening weekend of the Premier League and good luck to your team!