Barely 48 days after the previous English Premier League campaign ended the season kicked off yesterday when Arsenal thrashed Fulham 3-0 away at Craven Cottage.
Can the goal-scoring talisman of Liverpool successfully defend a premier league title for the first time of asking? In EPL history on only eight occasions in the 28 seasons of the competition have an EPL champion lifted the trophy again the following season. Manchester United and City are some of the few teams who have managed to do so.
Champions Liverpool struggled to beat newly-promoted championship winners Leeds United in a thrilling 4-3 match.
We’ve got a brilliant campaign to look forward to,” says Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters. “It’s going to be tight at the top. History has shown it is difficult to win a title back-to-back.”
EPL battle lines will be redrawn once again. Leading the chase of the honors will be last season’s runners up Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s men will not only be the big name to scare off Liverpool.
Man City is likely to be swiftly followed by Manchester United side revitalized by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who has assembled a troop of young talent who have come to the party and have made their intentions known such as Greenwood.
Chelsea to who some big names have been added over the summer pose also a threat.
Germany’s Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, playmaker Hakim Ziyech and defenders Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva have been brought in by Frank Lampard, who is hoping to become the first person to win a Premier League title as both a player and a head coach.
Can Leicester City repeat the top-four challenge that was masterminded last season by Brendan Rodgers and spearheaded by the Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy?
And will Jose Mourinho and Mikel Arteta be able to return their sides to the UEFA Champions League places in their first full seasons at Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal respectively?
The three promoted clubs are led by the return from a 16-year absence by Leeds United, guided by their esteemed head coach Marcelo Bielsa.
Fulham and West Bromwich Albion will be hoping to emulate the success that Sheffield United achieved last season with a top-10 finish on their return to the top flight.