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How are you holding up? Managing to keep your excitement under control? We don’t blame you for counting down the seconds; the new Premier League season is almost here and we reckon it’s going to be the most unpredictable campaign ever.
It all kicks off this weekend with five fantastic matches live across Sky Sports and BT Sport. Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and new boys Wolverhampton Wanderers are all in action, while Arsenal start their campaign with a mouth-watering clash against champions Manchester City. Now that’s what we call a star-studded opening weekend.
But before the referee blows his whistle to get things under way, we thought we’d get you up to speed by answering some key questions as we head into the first set of matches this season. Here’s what you need to know…
Is it Pogba’s time to shine?
Manchester United v Leicester City, Friday 10 August, 7pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
The peacocking midfielder was an integral component of France’s World Cup success, but questions remain over his ability to be a game-changer for Manchester United. Much like his dyed hair, last season was patchy for the 25-year-old. So, is José Mourinho about to get the best out of his £89m man? You get the feeling that it’s now or never for Pogba and the Red Devils to make their relationship work.
Could this be Tottenham’s year?
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur, Saturday 11 August, 11.30am, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
It’s been a quiet summer in the transfer market for Spurs, so what’s in store for Mauricio Pochettino’s men this season? Tottenham should be looking at another top-four finish at a minimum. But in the short term, their campaign starts with a tricky trip to Newcastle. If they succumb to an early slip up, questions will be asked about their lack of wheeling and dealing…
Are Wolves about to bite?
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Everton, Saturday 11 August, 5pm, BT Sport 1/HD (CH 531/527)
With super agent Jorge Mendes pulling the strings behind the scenes at Molineux, Wolves are a starkly different outfit compared to when they were last in the top flight five years ago. Under manager Nuno Espírito Santo, and with star names like Rúben Neves, Rui Patrício and Joao Moutinho among their ranks, the Midlands club has a distinctly Portuguese flavour these days. And the Wanderers have more than what it takes to thrive in the Premier League.
Will Liverpool’s new goalkeeper catch the ball?
Liverpool v West Ham United, Sunday 12 August, 12.30pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
Liverpool forked out nearly £67m for Roma shotstopper Alisson earlier this summer. And what’s the one thing that comes with a gargantuan price tag? Pressure. The Brazilian international will be the subject of intense scrutiny between the sticks this season, but there is good news for the 25-year-old. Following Loris Karius’ blunder-tastic performance in the Champions League final, it won’t be hard for him to prove that he’s a safe pair of hands at Anfield.
Is it really a new dawn at Arsenal?
Arsenal v Manchester City, Sunday 12 August, 3.30pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
Welcome to the Premier League, Unai Emery! It’s a dead easy start for Arsenal’s new manager, with the Gunners facing champions Manchester City on the opening weekend. Whatever the result, it will be tempting to jump to an instant conclusion as to whether Emery and Arsenal are a good fit. We say: fight the urge. Only time will tell if the Spaniard can bring the glory days back to the Emirates, but some sound activity in the summer transfer market suggests he knows what he’s doing.
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