It’s going to be another wild round of action from the top flight...
Live Premier League football, from Saturday 18 August, 11.30am, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
It’s only early days but something tells us this is going to be a blockbuster of a Premier League season.
And there’s more terrific top-flight action to enjoy this weekend with four unmissable matches live and exclusive on Sky Sports. Got plans and worried you might miss out? Then you can follow it all on the go with the awesome Sky Sports app. Take that, family barbecue!
Champions Manchester City square off against Huddersfield; Manchester United pack their trunks and head to Brighton; Liverpool will be out to stop the Eagles soaring at Selhurst Park; and Cardiff City play their first Premier League home game in four years when they entertain Newcastle.
Yep, it’s all geared up to be another cracking round of Premier League drama. But before it kicks off, we’ve consulted our ever-reliable crystal ball to bring you four things that will definitely happen this weekend…
1. Neil Warnock will get shouty
Cardiff City v Newcastle United, Saturday 18 August, 11.30am, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
Cardiff’s manager isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. An earthy throwback in an increasingly polished world, Warnock is the rambunctious uncle you dread introducing to friends. Cardiff have a great chance of beating a predictably unpredictable Newcastle, but one thing that’s absolutely certain is Warnock will give someone – Rafa Benitez, a small child, it doesn’t matter – a proper earful at some point during the match.
2. Huddersfield will run their socks off
Manchester City v Huddersfield Town, Sunday 19 August, 12.30pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
Manchester City and Huddersfield played twice last season. City had roughly 80 per cent of possession in each of those games. That’s a lot of tiki-taka. Huddersfield can expect to leg it around the Etihad Stadium for another 90 minutes this weekend, and although the visitors can take encouragement from their 0-0 draw with the champions at the back end of the last campaign, anything other than a City win will be a big surprise. Prepare the ice baths.
3. José will (finally) crack a smile
Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester United, Sunday 19 August, 3.30pm, Sky Sports Premier League (CH 512/502)
Grump. Crank. Sourpuss. However you might choose to describe him, something’s up with José Mourinho. So it’s just as well that he’s heading to the seaside this weekend when his United side takes on Brighton. The Red Devils will be expected to leave the coast with three points – and maybe a stick of rock for the coach back. Then again, they were meant to win this fixture last season before slumping to a 1-0 defeat…
4. There will be goals at Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Monday 20 August, 7pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
Crystal Palace and Liverpool sure know how to put on a show. With an average of 3.4 goals in each of their last 11 encounters, something magical happens when these two teams get together (namely they both forget how to defend). Can the Eagles win their first home match of the season, or will the Reds make it six wins out of seven against Palace? Whatever happens, grab the popcorn because it should be loads of fun.
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