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Premier League 2019/2020 Season Kicks off This Weekend

Premier League 2019/2020 Season Kicks off This Weekend

The summer sabbatical is over and the Premier League season kicks off this Friday when Liverpool hosts newly-promoted Norwich on Friday night. This season as always, promises to be a thriller.

With Arsenal, post the Arsene Wenger era getting off to a pretty rough start being it’s the 3rd consecutive season in the Europa League where the Gunners have failed to finish inside the top 4.

Only 2 points separated them from Chelsea says they are still contenders. Arsenal can boast some hugely promising signings, including the club-record acquisition of talented winger Nicolas Pepe. Looking at the fixtures, Arsenal have some tough fixtures to start with, and depending on the results, might just surprise all the nay-sayers at the end of the season.

Aston Villa have been super busy during the summer transfer period as they return to the top flight with 12 new additions to their squad.

This doesn’t always translate into a season win but this spending spree certainly shows their intent.

Bournemouth, now an established Premier League force, and even with a dip in form, stumbling to a mediocre 14th place finish last season.

Key players are Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser look set to stay at this point despite much interest from other teams.

Brighton avoided relegation by just 2 points last season, this despite a closing run of 10 games without a single win.

New coach Graeme Potter is set to take the reins this season and with his attacking philosophy, it could inject some much needed life into the team.

Burnley, having qualified for the Europa League last season, seemed to have done more harm than good for the team.

Never truly recovering from their gruelling trips across the pond before the season began. The team only managed a 15th place finish, 6 points clear of the drop. Jay Rodriguez, having bagged 22 goals for West Brom in the Championship last season is set to return to the team. Substance over style has been the Burnley way and survival being the 2019/2020 season priority.

Chelsea’s all-time leading goal scorer is set to return as manager this season.

Having finished a disappointing 3rd in the Premier League, and yet winning the Europa League last season, you could say they had a successful year, but that’s up for debate. One thing’s for sure, Frank Lampard will lift the mood. We also see academy graduates Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount being given an opportunity under the young, budding manager, believing strongly in building the youth.

Crystal Palace are hoping to hold onto Wilfried Zaha, asking £80 million for the talented forward - the transfer window slamming shut August 8th.

Palace, who finished 12th last season, received £50 million for Wan-Bissaka and haven’t done much business at all this summer break. Could they be dropping off this year?

Finishing in 8th position last season, Everton, underperformed even having signed a number of high-profile players and having an exciting new manager.

Marco Silva’s men started to look the part as the season went on, and after another impressive summer of business, they look set to bang on the door of the top 6.

Leicester, like Everton, have no reason why they shouldn’t break into the top 6 this season.

Brendan Rodgers stamped his authority when joining the club and them winning their last 5 games - finishing in a respectable 9th place. The club clearly means business this year by breaking their transfer record TWICE to land Ayoze Perez from Newcastle and the permanent signing of Youri Tielemans from Monaco.

Although having gathered more points than any other team last year, Liverpool still did not win the League. This is an anomaly. Clearly, the footballing gods just can’t bear the thought of it.

Fans are hopeful for this season. The champions of Europe boast the Premier League’s best defence, with the majestic Virgil van Dijk at its core, while 2 of their front 3 shared the Golden Boot last season.

Meanwhile, Manchester City have gotten even stronger with the signing of Rodri from Atletico Madrid.

It would take a bold person to bet against Manchester City this season. Rodri adds even more firepower to one of the greatest midfields the Premier League has ever seen. They also have plenty of top defensive talent in their ranks and Pep Guardiola’s men will take some stopping from claiming a 3rd successive title.

Manchester United are 6 years on from Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure and Manchester United remain trapped in limbo.

Three managers have failed to emulate the Scot’s success – and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer grew increasingly reckless at the wheel last season. Having slipped to a hugely disappointing 6th place finish, and in need of some big summer transfer signings - Wan-Bissaka and Dan James represent exciting fresh talent at Old Trafford as Solskjaer looks to rejuvenate the club with youthful home-grown players. A much needed defence signing was England’s international Harry Maguire from Leicester for £80million.

Newcastle’s new manager Steve Bruce, hasn’t proved the most popular choice among the Magpies’ fan base by 1000’s of season tickets remaining unsold.

New arrivals of Joelinton from Hoffenheim for a club-record £40 million and promising winger Allan Saint-Maximin from Nice will at least give fans something to feel excited about.

Known as the ultimate yo-yo club, Norwich have a lot to prove this season.

Nigel Farke packs his team with exciting, young players and gets them playing attractive football. Although goals came easy in the Championship last season, Norwich will need to work on their defence. Travelling to Anfield on the opening night of the new campaign - nothing like being dropped in the hot water to test your wears.

Sheffield-born Chris Wilder has taken his boyhood club from the foot of League One to the Premier League in just 3 years – and he’s done it the old fashioned way.

They’re not a financial powerhouse, but Sheffield United show that there is still room for traditional honesty and hard work. Much of the team remains the same with some exciting new additions to the squad. Club captain Billy Sharp will lead their climb into the Football League.

Although Southampton have battled relegation the last 2 seasons, these results have not been an accurate reflection on the quality in their squad.

The Saints fans have been treated to some exciting signings this summer.

Danny Ings, who impressed during his loan from the Reds last season, joins on a permanent deal, while Che Adams and Moussa Djenepo have moved from Birmingham and Standard Liege respectively. The club certainly won’t be lacking fire power up front next season, with Charlie Austin and Shane Long also competing to lead the line. Eccentric Ralph Hassenhuttl should provide some entertainment on the touchline, too.

Tottenham can be proud of last season – playing in the Champions League final without making a single purchase for 2 consecutive transfer windows.

They are the 1st team in Premier League history to do so. Added to this, was the hugely delayed opening of their new stadium, they still achieved a 4th finish. The club smashed their transfer record to sign the highly-rated Tanguy Ndombele. Mauricio Pochettino has done a great job at Tottenham but trophies are the most useful barometer of success. Is this the breakthrough season for Spurs?

Watford’s manager Javi Gracia did a remarkable job last season at Vicarage Road and he is set to stay another season.

Watford provides a stern test for anyone in the Premier League (except Liverpool, as they have battered them at Anfield twice in a row). Punching well above their mid-table weight with a midfield duo of Abdoulaye Doucoure and Etienne Capoue, neither of whom would look out of place in a top 6 side.

Exciting times for West Ham fans having been guided by Chilean Manuel Pellegrini into a top 10 finish last season and are well primed to improve on that this term.

Pellegrini is making the right signings with Pablo Fornals, the £25 million playmaker from Villarreal, and Sebastien Haller, the club-record £45 million signing from Eintracht Frankfurt, are just 2 hugely exciting signings.

Wolves being last season’s surprise package cannot not be underestimated this season.

Wolves took the Premier League by storm following their promotion from the Championship, and finishing in a remarkable 7th place. Wolves’ key strength lies in its midfield, with Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho with the league’s most deadly marksmen from last season, Raul Jimenez adding firepower – this team can and will pack a punch.

Premier League 2019/2020

Match Week 1 Fixtures

Premier League 2019/2020 Match Week 1 Fixtures

 

 

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