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Premier League preview: Opening weekend

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The much anticipated English Premier League campaign kicks off this weekend with a number of mouth-watering encounters to tantalise the league's starved supporters.

Proceedings get underway with a test encounter for Manchester United against Swansea City at Old Trafford in the early Saturday kick off. New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will be adamant to get things going and rise the ranks early on in the campaign unlike his unsuccessful predecessor David Moyes.

It is difficult to predict if Manchester United will fit like the 'Ferguson' puzzle and abandon their poor form from last season. Only time and performances will tell and we look very much forward to both.

Confident Arsenal will kick off in the late afternoon kick off against an unpredictable Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium. Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis will be famously remembered at the club for saving them from imminent relegation. Also, who will ever forget the relentless fight against Liverpool at the back end of last season in a 3-3 draw after going three goals down early on; the breaking and deciding exit point for Luis Suarez.

Arsenal will be looking to take no prisoners this season and produce the goods their fans are expecting. With the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, anything is possible.

Liverpool will get their season underway on Sunday with a tricky Anfield encounter against Southampton. Liverpool have seemingly robbed the Saint's dressing room by snatching Ricky Lambert, Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana. It will be very interesting to see how these players will fit into Liverpool's season and even more interesting to see how they will perform in front of their new fans against their ex teammates.

Bolster

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will be looking to bolster his attack before the August transfer window expires but at the moment will have to rely on Daniel Sturridge and possibly Ricky Lambert to lead the line, followed by the pacey midfielders Phillipe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling.

Liverpool fans will painfully remember the only loss inflicted to Liverpool at Anfield last season. It was against the Saints in a disappointing 1-0 loss and where after no expert and enthusiastic supporter gave the Reds a chance to come back like they did.

Hapless

You can't not feel sorry for hapless Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard. After coming so close to his dream last season, only to see and feel it slip away like it did. Nobody would have envisaged him slipping and giving the title away for Chelsea to score that goal, and give City the title.

Unfortunately, that is how football works and it is the way the Barclays Premier League works and will continue to work. People will not be expecting Liverpool to play like they did and consistently as they did this season. Time will tell, and that time to kick off fast approaches. Good luck to all, and may the very best team win.

Other title contenders in action on match-day 1 will be Manchester City traveling to Newcastle on Sunday afternoon, and Chelsea playing away at Turf Moor against newly promoted Burnley on Monday night.

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