Arsenal v Manchester City
The Gunners will be raring to go under new boss Unai Emery, and what a way it could be to start for the Spanish boss, as his side host the Premier League champions Manchester City. Pep Guardiola will no doubt want to repeat the record-breaking season he endured with City last season, but with this new Arsenal side looking to turn a few heads, this game will definitely be labelled the main event on August 12th. Arsenal will be hoping that City have the champions opening day syndrome which Chelsea and Leicester have both suffered in recent years losing to Hull City and Burnley respectively.
Bournemouth v Cardiff
Not the most glorious start for the Bluebirds who face an established Bournemouth side at the Vitality stadium. Eddie Howes men will look to better the 12th placed finish his side gained last season as Neil Warnock will have his sole intentions of keeping Cardiff in the division, already showing his intentions with a number of summer signings completed already. Bournemouth will be one of the happier set of supporters on the opening day as they will fancy their chances against Neil Warnock’s men.
Fulham v Crystal Palace
A London derby to start the season for play-off winners Fulham who host a rejuvenated Palace side that worked wonders under Roy Hodgson last season, finishing in a highly respectable 11th position after they seemed dead and buried by October. Fulham will want to use the ability of Tom Cairney and highly-rated teenager Ryan Sessegnon to take the game to Palace and hope to get a good start for the Cottagers.
Huddersfield v Chelsea
Huddersfield fans will be drooling over this one, taking on a Chelsea side that have a future of uncertainty under Antonio Conte. They will be looking to better their 16th place finish by avoiding relegation once again while Chelsea will look for more silverware this season, as they should aim for the title if they can persuade star players Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois to stay. This one should have goals, goals, goals as both attacking sides will want to give their fans something to cheer on the opening day.
Liverpool v West Ham
After a very impressive campaign in Europe last season, Jurgen Klopp will want his squad to push for the league this time round as Liverpool look to win their first Premier League title. Many fans will be eagerly anticipating the new signings in Naby Keita and Fabinho as the Hammers fans will be equally as excited to see their new side under the guidance of Manuel Pellegrini, who we can expect to spend some more money before the season kicks off.
Manchester United v Leicester
This is a big season for Jose Mourinho as he will be expected to deliver for the Old Trafford faithful as they grew increasingly frustrated with his team selections and style of play last year. If the Portuguese manager goes another season without a trophy it may not only be star players such as David De Gea and Paul Pogba he will be losing, but possibly his job. Leicester had a season of mixed emotions as the appointment of Claude Puel left some fans happy, with some disappointed. Many were calling for him to be sacked at the latter end of the season, so he will definitely want to start the season on a high.
Newcastle v Tottenham Hotspur
With an impressive second half of the season for the Magpies last season, Rafa Benitez will only want to build on from that. With it looking like owner Mike Ashley is limiting the transfer budget for the Spanish boss this summer he may just have to make do with what he’s got, but that didn’t stop him last time round. This may be the season that Spurs kick on. With star striker Harry Kane and manager Mauricio Pochettino penning their futures at the club, they my could find themselves lifting the Premier League trophy for the first time come May, but Pochettino may have to make a couple of signings first.
Southampton v Burnley
Burnley will be looking to improve on the clubs highest finish since 1974, as Sean Dyche lead the Clarets to Europe for the first time in 50 years. With Burnley already playing competitive fixtures in the Europa League qualifiers, they may just be ready to kick on by the time they head to Saint Mary’s in August. With Mark Hughes signing a new three-year deal at Southampton after he successfully kept them in the Premier League last season, he will look for a reaction from his players which showed they were more than capable of performing at the highest level at the back end of last season. This one could go either-way.
Watford v Brighton
The Hornets have already made couple of impressive signings this summer, making Gerard Deulofeu’s stay a permanent one after an impressive loan spell and Adam Masina joining for Bologna. Watford will look to build on from their mid-table mediocrity status with the Premier League proving to be wide open after the tip six. Brighton will travel to Vicarage Road with a lot of confidence, comfortably staying in the top flight last season. With Pascel Gross and Glenn Murray leading the line this team is guaranteed goals so this could be an interesting affair at the start of the season.
Wolves v Everton
Many people are wondering how Wolves will fair in the Premier League, with some saying that the Portuguese players won’t cut it, but with many others saying they expect a top ten finish from Nuno’s side. Only time will tell, but with the quality of Ruben Neves and the experience of Conor Coady, this Wolves side would like to surprise a few people this term and there isn’t a better way to start then beating Marco Silva’s Everton. Silva will be under immense pressure as the season kicks off as the Toffees faithful will want to see an improvement from last season under Sam Allardyce. He did just that at Hull City two years ago and began that role at Watford before he got unsettled by the Everton job leading to his departure. This may be one of the games to look out for as both sides will want to get off to a flyer.