Latest: Premier League: 10 things to look out for on the opening weekend


Will Jürgen Klopp start Darwin Nez as Arsenal looks to avoid another opening-day defeat? Everton also appears to be lacking in bite.

1) Arsenal to avoid opening night encore

Arsenal often seems a little undercooked at the start of a season, but this time around, the hosts seem much more uncertain. Although they were humiliated by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in April, a rematch so quickly seems to favor the guests more, and it’s difficult to criticize Patrick Vieira for saying it would be “a very different game.” Conor Gallagher has yet to be replaced by Palace, whose enthusiasm was crucial to their better results last season. Cheikhou Kouyaté has already left, and James McArthur and Michael Olise are currently on the injured list. While Mikel Arteta has been able to strengthen in crucial areas and field a lineup that is quite similar to his preferred starting XI in recent friendlies, reinforcements have taken longer to arrive than Vieira would prefer. A Friday night scare does not appear as imminent this time around as it did a year ago when Arsenal’s Covid-weakened squad started off disastrously against Brentford. Nichole Ames

2) Núñez ready to go for Liverpool

Darwin Nez doesn’t appear to require any easing into the situation. The Uruguayan attacker came off the bench to help Liverpool defeat City in the Community Shield last weekend, but when he entered the game in the second half, he immediately seemed to gel with his new colleagues. There were glimpses of understanding with Mohamed Salah, who was involved when Joe Gomez scored his first Liverpool goal with a daring header, and the runs and link play were clever and efficient. When Liverpool travels to Fulham on Saturday, the big issue is if Klopp decides to start the former Benfica striker. Is there any benefit to keeping the 23-year-old in check and playing Roberto Firmino in the middle as a substitute? Although Fulham’s defenders must fear the idea of trying to keep Nez quiet, Firmino is a superb, nuanced player. Steinberg, Jacob


3) Everton look short of firepower

It was against Frank Lampard’s old club last season that Everton tracked down the soul, style and moving that eventually kept them in the Premier League, yet that was kindness of a victor from Richarlison – with both Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Salomón Rondón on the seat as back-up. The goalscorer is gone, the England worldwide is out harmed for the following a month and a half and Rondón is suspended. Another attritional methodology is logical, with no perceived forward accessible for the principal round of another mission. What’s more, to think Thomas Tuchel has wailed over his club’s late spring move business up to this point. Chelsea basically have a few new faces to mirror an aggressive new time under Todd Boehly in Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Carney Chukwuemeka, alongside the commitment of more to come. They have lost on their last four association visits to Goodison Park, in any case, and Tuchel’s allures for support will just escalate with a fifth. Andy Hunter

4) Will Pope force Dubravka out?

Scratch Pope or Martin Dubravka? That is the difficulty confronting Eddie Howe as his Newcastle group gets ready to confront Nottingham Forest at St James’ Park on Saturday. Pope didn’t join from Burnley for £10m recently to sit on the seat just. Rather the 30-year-old has made it perfectly clear he means to play the first-group football that will everything except promise him a put on England’s World Cup bound trip to Doha in November. As needs be the agreement is that Howe will begin Pope in front of Dubravka on Saturday. That, thusly, is set to agitate the Slovakia goalkeeper and his representative, who has emphasized that his client is excessively great to be anybody’s student. Something needs to give; could a Newcastle-Leicester part trade bargain including Dubravka and James Maddison be the response? Louise Taylor

5) Kane can hit the ground running

If pre-season is a period for confidence, it has been especially articulated at Tottenham. First Antonio Conte focused on the venture, then, at that point, the club made speedy and designated signings. However there is one player who holds the way to greatness and, joyfully for all concerned, Harry Kane looks loose and prepared. This time last year, the striker needed out. At the point when he was denied his desire, he toiled, scoring just a single association objective before the center of December. He rediscovered his notch under Conte, who joined toward the beginning of November, to wrap up with 17 in the opposition and he conveys force into the initial game against Southampton, having had a legitimate pre-season this time. Conte’s framework depends on getting the best out of his front men, and Kane plans to embrace the assumptions. David Hytner


Tottenham v Southampton, Saturday 3pm

6) Hammers pose City tough opening test

The heroes don’t have a simple beginning to their title safeguard. West Ham are unbeaten in their beyond three home games against Manchester City and play in a manner that disrupts Pep Guardiola’s side. A ton of it is revolved around the sharpness of Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio on the counter, and keeping in mind that West Ham looked shy of imagination during pre-season that is probably going to be to a lesser degree an issue against City. All things considered, David Moyes won’t make arrangements for his group to overwhelm ownership. It will be about West Ham keeping a low block, keeping a nearby watch on Erling Haaland and searching for ways of delivering Bowen, whose slanting runs from right to left saw him score two times when Moyes’ side held City to a throbbing 2-2 attract this installation last season. Jacob Steinberg

7) Parker seeks early points on board

Extraordinary assumptions. This expression most likely doesn’t epitomize the viewpoint of Bournemouth fans before their Premier League return. With Scott Parker’s men making difficult work of programmed advancement last season, and an unsettling absence of summer spending up until this point, the club look set for a difficult mission. In the wake of facilitating Aston Villa, Bournemouth next movement to Manchester City prior to confronting Arsenal at home and Liverpool at Anfield. A point at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday might be important to keep away from the foreboding possibility of losing their initial four association games and seeing their endurance trusts possibly start to wash away along the south coast toward August’s end. Manor fans will anticipate more noteworthy things than last season’s fourteenth spot, and on the off chance that Steven Gerrard’s players are determined to taking enormous steps up the table, getting three focuses in games like this ought to be an unquestionable requirement in their chase after a first top-half completion since advancement in 2019. Joel Mians


Bournemouth v Aston Villa, Saturday 3pm

8) Will Ronaldo make an appearance?

Erik ten Hag’s most memorable Manchester United XI for a Premier League game isn’t supposed to incorporate Cristiano Ronaldo due to the wantaway striker’s absence of match-wellness. The chief marked the 37-year-old’s initial takeoff from Sunday’s well disposed with Rayo Vallecano as “unsatisfactory” and anybody watching Brighton’s visit will transform into non-verbal communication specialists, parsing any connection for a touch of dissension. The Portuguese’s choice to go missing was clearly planned as a most recent ploy in the push to leave a club there is evidently reverence for. As the new director attempts to some way or another reconstruct a broke side, how Ten Hag manages Ronaldo and an undesirable sideshow might characterize his residency. Jamie Jackson

9) Bamford return a big boost for Marsch

The wounds which limited Patrick Bamford to a simple nine appearance for Leeds last season had a major impact in the group’s dalliance with transfer as well as Marcelo Bielsa’s substitution by Jesse Marsch. The uplifting news for the last option is that Leeds key striker, and 2020-21 driving scorer, is approaching 100 percent wellness and looks set to begin against Wolves at Elland Road on Saturday. In the event that Marsch can keep Bamford fit he has a decent possibility purchasing the time expected to bed his thrilling new signings, maybe most remarkably the going after midfielder Brenden Aaronson and the winger Luis Sinisterra, into the main XI and help Leeds fans disregard the late spring flights of Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha. The American’s possibilities making this season a triumph will be improved obviously on the off chance that he can keep Bamford fit. Louise Taylor


Leeds v Wolves, Saturday 3pm

10) Foxes face uncertainty at kick-off

This has been a troublesome summer for Leicester. Kasper Schmeichel has left, the fates of Wesley Fofana and James Maddison are up in the air, and the Foxes are the main Premier League club yet to sign a player. A club near meeting all requirements for the Champions League in 2020 and 2021 found last season didn’t go completely to design, with Brendan Rodgers’ side completing eighth, six focuses off an Europa League place. There is an alternate state of mind among the Leicester fanbase contrasted and the beginning of other late seasons. They invite a Brentford group they beat two times lastlast season, yet serendipitously. The guests have had a bustling exchange window set apart by the flight of their midfield free thinker, Christian Eriksen. Given the vulnerability in LE2, Thomas Frank’s side may not get a superior opportunity to sting their hosts. Uzzi Majid


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