London (EFE) – The first day of the Premier League starts with a weekend that will see neither Manchester City nor Manchester United, whose matches have been postponed due to their participation in Europe, but an interesting duel between Liverpool and Leeds United.
The two Manchester giants will rest this first weekend of competition due to their performance in last season’s European competitions, where they reached the final stages of the Champions League and the Europa League.
Yes, last year’s champion will appear on the scene, a Liverpool that will begin the defense of the title against Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United at Anfield.
A different Anfield, yes, since there will be no audience in its stands to sing the ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. It will be necessary to check whether or not this affects a Liverpool that lowered its numbers last season once it claimed the title and that it will have to show that it continues with the hunger necessary to compete with a Manchester City that has been strengthened better and that surely has better closet ground.
Jürgen Klopp has maintained the structure of last year, has strengthened the left back and will return, one more year, to seek glory with the usual regulars.
A strategy similar to that of Bielsa with Leeds, where sports director Víctor Orta has prioritized last year’s block, with important additions such as that of the Spanish Rodrigo Moreno.
In their first Premier League game 16 years later, Leeds will try to surprise the champions in their fiefdom.
Before Liverpool and Leeds, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal will open fire at the iconic Craven Cottage against the newly promoted Fulham. Difficult game for the ‘Gunners’ against a team that already hit it the last time they went up to the Premier and this time they have chosen to improve their defensive strength to have options to save themselves.
Arsenal, for their part, have already played an official match this season and won on penalties against Liverpool in the Community Shield. If you want to achieve the goal of at least being in the top six, starting with a victory seems vital.
For Sunday there will be another of the highlights of the day, which will be the one that measures Tottenham Hotspur by José Mourinho and Everton by Carlo Ancelotti. This game will measure if Tottenham can continue with the improvement shown in the final stretch of last season and if Everton has already fitted the pieces of this summer market.
The Toffees have brought in Allan, James Rodríguez and Doucouré and it will be Ancelotti’s job to get them into a system that last season proved to have too many holes.
Finally and to close the day there will be the first match of the new Chelsea on Monday. He will do it against Brighton & Hove Albion, although without many of the novelties of this year, since Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva are not yet ready. It will be a good time, yes, to see the landing of Timo Werner in the Premier, after having scored his first goals as Blue in pre-season friendlies.
Premier League Matchday 1:
Saturday: Fulham-Arsenal (12:30), Crystal Palace-Southampton (15:00), Liverpool-Leeds United (17:30) and West Ham United-Newcastle United (20:00).
Sunday: West Bromwich Albion-Leicester City (14:00) and Tottenham-Everton (16:30).
Monday: Sheffield United-Wolverhampton Wanderers (18:00) and Brighton & Hove Albion-Chelsea (20:15).