As the new Premier League Season commences, we take a look at what excitement the first round of fixtures can cook up for us and what we can predict from the refreshed squads hoping to go better than ever this season.
The 2014-15 season curtain raiser is at no other venue than The Theatre of Dreams, where Swansea City visit a Red Devil’s side with a new manager and many multi-million pound signings. The Reds have won all six of their pre-season matches, and look a different team to last season under Louis Van Gaal’s new formation.
The rest of Saturday’s action includes Leicester and QPR kicking their season’s off against Everton and Hull respectively. Stoke face Aston Villa at the Britannia Stadium as Sunderland travel to West Brom and Spurs travel across London to West Ham.
Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren could feature for Liverpool against their former club Southampton, but former Saints’ captain Adam Lallana is ruled out through injury for the tie.
Reigning champions Manchester City travel to Tyneside, with Newcastle hoping to stop a start that makes amends for the Community Shield defeat to Arsenal.
The first round of fixtures for the new season will be wrapped up at Turf Moor, where newcomers Burnley look to upset Chelsea to confuse the look of the table after one game played each.
Although the league table never proves anything after one result each, teams will hope to get to a winning start to press on early in the campaign.
We will see how the three newly-promoted teams cope against last season’s Premier league sides, and some teams such as Southampton can find out how they manage with many outgoings in the summer window, and big spenders like QPR, Chelsea and Manchester united will know how settled any new transfers are.
It will also mark the start of a testing season for Liverpool without Luis Suarez, as they won’t want to spend big and flop as Tottenham did last season. It is also an important season for Spurs as they will want to recharge their claim for Champions League football next season.
Holders Manchester City will want to start well and fellow title challengers Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool will all be hoping to follow suit.