The 2019/20 Premier League fixtures have been released and there are some games that will set off the fireworks on Match Day 1.
The most notable of these is the clash at Old Trafford where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United welcome Chelsea. Whose Chelsea exactly? Maurizio Sarri? Frank Lampard? Rafa Benitez? Erik Ten Hag? We wait to see.
LIVERPOOL VS NORWICH
The 2018/19 Premier League runners-up, Liverpool will be kicking off the season with a game against newly-promoted Norwich City on Friday, August 9, 2019. It must be recalled that Norwich are a side that the Reds love to maul. Former player, Luis Suarez can attest to this.
Jurgen Klopp’s men won the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League and came very close to the Premier League title, albeit the strong resistance from Manchester City.
It’s a no-brainer that winning the Premier League title will be the priority of Liverpool considering how the title has eluded them for decades.
Therefore, Norwich City could in for a mauling as the Reds are overwhelming favorites and can find themselves topping the 2019/20 Premier League table from Match Day 1.
We wait to see what transpires? We already know that nothing is cast in stone in this game. But it will be a shocker if Norwich escape with a slim defeat, talk less of making Liverpool drop a point.
WEST HAM VS MANCHESTER CITY
Pep Guardiola’s men will begin the defense of their title away to Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers. The Citizens have won their last 3 Premier League games away to West Ham, scoring 12 and conceding just 1.
This fixture might turn out to be a necessary evil for the Hammers in a game where Man City will be looking to begin yet another title defense in style. They are favorites for all 3 points.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS ASTON VILLA
The 2018/19 UEFA Champions League finalists welcome newcomers Aston Villa on the day. Tottenham Hotspur made no signings under Mauricio Pochettino last season, but have been linked with some players this summer.
There are reports that playmaker Christian Eriksen might also leave this summer. The North Londoners will definitely go into the market this summer in a bid to reinforce the squad and challenge for major honors.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa, having sealed qualification through a playoff win against Derby County will be itching to get going on their return to the Premier League.
However, Spurs will be too strong for them at home and are expected to take all 3 points. Meanwhile, Harry Kane, if fit, could be expected to score in this one, having broken his early-season goal drought jinx last term.
NEWCASTLE VS ARSENAL
Here lies a potential banana peel encounter, and expectedly, it’s Arsenal. However, the Gunners wouldn’t want to start the season on a low especially after missing out on the UEFA Champions League places last term.
Regardless, the Magpies will be a hard nut to crack at home under Rafa Benitez in their first home game of a new season. Unai Emery’s men are favorites for the win but a loss of point by Arsenal won’t be a surprise.
MANCHESTER UNITED VS CHELSEA – THE GOING GETS TOUGH FROM THE START
Football fans will be treated to this cracking Premier League top 6 encounter from the start of the season. The Red Devils ended last season on a low with an embarrassing 2 nil loss to Cardiff at Old Trafford on the final day of the 2018/19 season.
This was just another poor result amongst many after a bright start by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after his appointment, before his influence on the team waned significantly in the latter stages of the season.
Meanwhile, Chelsea may or may not have a new boss in the dugout for this one. However, one thing is certain, they’ll be without Eden Hazard
Both sides are yet to be fully active in the summer transfer market. Regardless, this is unarguably the fixture of the 2019/20 Premier League Match Day 1. We eagerly anticipate the outcome.