Preview: The English Premier League Kicks Off
Football is back! After the shortest break(11weeks) between Premier League seasons ever (76 days).
Thee opening game of the 2015-16 campaign at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Tottenham kicks off another 10 months of extreme drama, emotional rollercoaster rides and hyperbole.
The 24th season of the competition since its inception in 1992 could be one of the most competitive yet, with the teams that were left eating the dust of Chelsea in 2014-15 all strengthening and the Red Devils arguably bringing in bigger names than anyone else.
The arrival of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin should see United offer a firmer challenge than last season, but they begin their campaign against a Spurs side that had gone five league games unbeaten against the Red Devils, winning two and drawing three, before losing 3-0 at Old Trafford in March.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, new boys Norwich City, Bournemouth and Watford all kick off their quest to avoid the drop at the first attempt on Saturday afternoon, with the latter hoping that their 10 new signings (and yet another new manager) will settle quickly to aid their survival chances.
Liverpool – still haunted by their disastrous 1-6 defeat at Stoke on the final day of 2014-15 – travel to the Britannia Stadium again on Sunday, with the first fixture being the first in the league’s history to be played in consecutive games at the same venue.
Chelsea kick off their title defence at Stamford Bridge against Swansea, with the added pressure of knowing that in 23 Premier League seasons, the defending champion has never lost their opening game; winning 20 and drawing three.
Fellow title hopefuls Manchester City have to wait until Monday night to start their season against West Brom at the Hawthorns. Interestingly, the eventual title-winning team has started their season on Monday night in each of the past five seasons, so be sure to tune in to Monday Night Football to see if West Brom can continue this trend.