After only a month or so since the Premier League ended for another season, football fans around the country are already waiting in anticipation for the opening day of the new season on August 8. Both Sky Sports and BT Sport have announced the games they will be showing live on the opening day of the season which will no doubt excite football fans even more.
The opening day of the season looks set to be a cracker, with many exciting games lined up to make up for the Premier League's absence for a few months. Here are a five of the particular stand out games that we can look forward to on the second weekend in August:
Manchester United v Tottenham
Always one of the most entertaining fixtures in the Premier League, Manchester United against Tottenham has potential to be a classic.
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Both sides will want to hit the ground running to show that they are capable of forming a title challenge, and with both feeling as though they have a point to prove, it could be an incredibly exciting, close encounter.
The last game between the two teams saw United run away as 3-0 victors, however over the past few seasons, the game and result has been incredibly close and with both clubs likely to have improved their squad before the game on August 8, the fixture certainly has potential to go either way.
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Bournemouth v Aston Villa
With the smallest stadium in the Premier League by some distance with a capacity of just 11,700, Bournemouth's Dean Court will host Premier League football for the first time in its history.
Bournemouth enjoyed an incredible season in the Championship last season, scoring 98 goals in the league thanks to the fire power available to them up front with Callum Wilson, Yann Kermorgant and Brett Pitman.
Bournemouth will be aware that the Premier League is going to be a huge step up for the club and they will no doubt be looking to bring in some players with Premier League expereicne who can offer advice and support for some of the younger, less experienced members of the squad.
Aston Villa on the other hand would like to start the season off on a positive note under Tim Sherwood who has revitalised the club since he arrived at the club in February. They will hope they can hold on to star men Jack Grealish, Fabien Delph and Christian Benteke whilst also improving the squad.
They are in for a tough game at Dean Court on August 8, Bournemouth fans will be rocking and will no doubt be hoping they can continue with their terrific home form that earned them so much success in the Championship.
Everton v Watford
Watford have been away from the Premier League since they were relegated in the 2006/07 season and will be hoping they can cement themselves as a Premier League club in the upcoming season.
They are in a great position financially thanks to the backing from their owners the Pozzo Family, and enjoyed a terrific season in the Championship, finishing second just behind Bournemoth. If they can hold on to star man Troy Deeney and continue to build, they have a positive chance of staying up.
This will be a tricky start for the Hertfordshire club as Goodison Park is a tough place to come, especially as Everton will have a point to prove after a below-par season. Everton will be hoping they can move on from last season and carry on with the form that made them fourth place challengers for the few seasons before.
They have a great squad, however something didn't quite work for them last season and they be hoping to figure out what that is by starting the season off well with a victory over Watford.
Chelsea v Swansea
The reigning champions of the Premier League will start their campaign where they ended the previous campaign, at Stamford Bridge.
It will be interesting to see whether Chelsea can continue from where they left off in a league that they won with relative ease last season. If Eden Hazard and his teammates are on form then they should start the season with a win, however Swansea should not be overlooked.
Under Gary Monk they have put together a strong squad and after just missing out on the Europa League places with an 8th place finish, Swansea will be hoping they can cause an upset at Stamford Bridge, putting them in good stead for the remainder of the season.
Stoke v Liverpool
On the last day of the 2014/15 season, this fixture between Stoke and Liverpool left many football fans in disbelief. It was Steven Gerrard's last game in the red shirt of Liverpool; however this did not stop Stoke from thrashing the Merseyside club 6-1. Liverpool will be out for revenge when they travel to the Britannia Stadium on August 9, however Stoke are evidently no pushovers.
Under Mark Hughes, Stoke have adapted their playing style and are now firmly established as a top ten side in the Premier League. With Bojan back fit and with a few more possible arrivals in to the club, Stoke will be looking to hit the ground running by beating Liverpool again. Liverpool will be hoping new signings Nathaniel Clyne and Roberto Firmino are ready to play, as well as making sure star man Daniel Sturridge is back fit and raring to go.
Which fixture are you looking forward to seeing the most when the Premier League gets back underway?
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