With some clubs sitting out the opening weekend of the Premier League season, we have a full fixture list to look forward to this time. Arsenal and Leicester City got off to great starts, beating newly promoted sides Fulham and West Brom respectively; whilst Leeds very nearly came away from Anfield with something to show for their efforts in a thrilling 4-3 defeat.
Chelsea v Liverpool is the standout fixture of the second EPL weekend, and elsewhere, Manchester City and Manchester United get their domestic campaigns underway.
Manchester United v Crystal Palace
Manchester United get their Premier League season underway at Old Trafford with the visit of Crystal Palace. The game takes place on Saturday evening with a 5.30pm kick off.
United finished last season in tremendous form, losing just one of their final 15 league games, which saw them edge out Leicester and secure a much-valued Champions League spot. They have added Donny Van De Beek from Ajax to their squad, but he is their only major signing, having spent most of the summer trying to lure Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
The Old Trafford outfit will hope to challenge in the top four again and should be confident of getting off to a good start with a home win over Palace.
Roy Hodgson’s side started their EPL campaign with a welcome 1-0 win over Southampton at Selhurst Park. Wilfred Zaha, who will once again carry much of the Eagle’s hopes this season, was on the score sheet and he is the person United need to fear most.
Chelsea v Liverpool
The game of the weekend sees current Premier League champions, Liverpool, travel to Chelsea on Sunday afternoon. Both sides will be looking to build on opening day wins when they meet at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have made a few exciting signings over the summer, with the likes of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner joining their ranks; but they have also been able to welcome back Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek from injury. It might take some time for this young squad to gel, but they were able to sweep aside Brighton 3-1 on Monday night, with another youngster, Reece James, amongst the goals.
The Blues will prove a stern test for Liverpool, but it will also be a good gauge as to where Chelsea are too.
Liverpool enjoyed a thrilling 4-3 win over newly promoted Leeds on the opening day of the season, but needed two Mo Salah penalties, part of his hat-trick, to help them to victory. The Reds picked up where they left off in terms of goal scoring, but they also looked fragile at the back, as they did towards the end of their title winning campaign.
We really could be in for a stunning game of attacking football at Stamford Bridge.
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