EPL 2015-16: Gameweek 1 Preview – Part 1
The world’s most popular and loved football league is back. Players and fans are all set for a re-union this weekend as football season comes to life again. After pre-season friendlies, promotional tours and sponsor campaigns, it is time for the action to finally shift on the pitch.
Though the transfer window has not yet official shut, clubs have already signed and shipped player in order to build the perfect squad. Though champions Chelsea did not show much interest in summer window, their challengers were busy cracking deal to mount a serious transfer challenge.
With 10 tantalizing matches to look forward to, here is our preview guide to Gameweek 1 of the Premier League.
Manchester United kick-off their campaign on Saturday against Tottenham Hotpur at Old Trafford. Having spent considerable cash on some of the best players, Louis van Gaal will be hoping his team starts the season with three points. Spurs on the other hand have been unusually quiet during the summer. Manager Mauricio Pochettino will finally want to break the club’s UEFA Champions League jinx this season.
Premier League first timers Bournemouth take on Aston Villa in their debut game at home. Villa’s best player Christian Benteke was sold to Liverpool in the summer, considerably weakening their strike force. However, manager Tim Sherwood has made some quality signing that can fill in the void of their former star striker. Playing against a newly promoted side is one of the toughest tasks in the league. The atmosphere inside the Vitality Stadium will be hostile to say the least when the Londoners arrive.
Everton face a tough task in their first match as new boys Watford visit the Goodison Park on Saturday. No team likes to play against a newly promoted side in the early part of the season. With the likes of Aaron Lennon in the Toffees’ ranks, manager Roberto Martinez will be looking to outclass the visitors with his team depth. However, Watford have played in the top division several times before and will be up for the fight.
Leicester City and Sunderland will battle it out at King Power stadium to launch their Premier League campaigns. Both teams were involved in an intense relegation battle throughout last season and will be looking to accumulate some points early in order to avoid another scrap this season. The Foxes will play under a new manager after sacking Nigel Pearson, while the Black Cats retained Dick Advocaat for another season.
Norwich and Crystal Palace will go head-to-head at Carrow Road. Palace registered their best ever finish in the Premier League era last season. Manager Alan Pardew will hope to better that performance in this latest campaign. The home side’s manager Alex Neil’s big task this season is to make sure his side does not get relegated to the Championship.
Champions Chelsea start their bid to retain the Premier League title in a tricky fixture at home to Swansea. The Blues did little business in the transfer market in the summer as they sold Petr Cech to Arsenal and replaced him with Asmir Begovic. Jose Mourinho believes his side from last season is good enough to beat competition this year as well. Under Gary Monk, Swansea have become a force to be reckoned with. However, the visitors will want to improve upon their away form this season.