After the game between Arsenal and Brentford kicks off the 30th season of the Premier League, tomorrow (Saturday) several senior teams will enter the circle of games, with one goal in mind: to take the championship title from Manchester City. Citizens’ city rival, Manchester United, will host Leeds at Old Trafford. After that, Leicester will host Wolves and Chelsea will meet Crystal Palace at home, and the match day will end at Carro Road, where newcomer Norwich will host Liverpool.
Manchester United – Leeds (14:20, Sport1)
The Red Devils may have invested heavily in the acquisition of Jadon Sancho and Rafael Varane, but apart from them, the team of Ola Gunnar Solskjaer is opening a season with a face quite similar to those accustomed to seeing at Old Trafford in recent years. However, the young Englishman’s arrival for £ 85m has definitely positioned Manchester United as a candidate to go all the way in any factory in which he will take part. Edinson Cavani will be rested from Ola Gunnar Solskjaer and will not be on the squad. Left out of the squad, as well as the injured Alex Telsh and Marcus Rashford and the positive Jesse Lingard for Corona.Sancho, on the other hand, is due to be included in the squad and may make his debut, although he did not take part in the pre-season games.
Marcelo Bailesa’s Leeds, on the other hand, want to continue where they left off, after last year the list as a newcomer and finished in ninth place. England midfielder Calvin Phillips may be out of action due to returning to training late following the arrival of the Three Lions in the Euro 2020 final. Junior Pirpo, who arrived this summer from Barcelona, may also be absent.
Chelsea – Crystal Palace (16:50, Sport 2)
The European champions, who also lifted the Supercup Cup last Wednesday after a penalty shootout over Villarreal, will host Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge for a London derby in which the host is a definite candidate for victory. The Blues’ goal scorer in the Super Cup, Hakim Zeich, injured his shoulder during the game and will not be available to Thomas Tuchel. At the pre-match press conference, Tuchel confirmed that Angulo Canta was also in doubt for the game due to a minor blow he suffered against Villarreal. Romulo Lukaku will not make his debut in the opening round, with Blues fans having to wait to see the striker who arrived from Inter in the next round – in a derby against Arsenal.
Tuchel He said ahead of the game that “physically, playing 120 minutes in the Supercup was the worst thing for us. However, mentally and psychologically, it was the best thing, because winning the penalty shootout gave us a boost of positive energy.” On the championship fight, the German said: “We want to hunt Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United from Saturday, not January. We see ourselves as hunters, that’s the mentality of the team.” On the other hand, Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace is also suffering from injuries, with Aberchi Aza, Nathan Ferguson and Michael Ulysses being absent for this reason.
Norwich – Liverpool (19:20, Sport1)
The Mighty Reds meet the newcomer who returned to the Premier League for one year of absence. At the end of the 2019/20 season, the season in which the host relegated to the sub-league separated the two teams by 78 points, with Norwich finishing last while Jürgen Klopp’s side celebrated an unforgettable championship and first in 30 years, at the end of a season suspended in the middle due to the Corona eruption. The Reds have won 12 of their last 14 games against the opponent, with Norwich’s last win over Liverpool being on 30 April 1994 – 0-1 at Anfield.
Although the injured Andy Robertson will be absent, at least in the center of defense Jürgen Klopp gets back Virgil Van Dyke, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, who were injured for a long time last season. Van Dyke today signed a new contract until 2025, and Klopp said: “Great news. Imagine we had to buy it now. Luckily, we just have to give him a new contract.” Along with Muhammad Salah and Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino is expected to get the spot on the edge at the expense of Diego Jote, having scored a double in a 1-3 draw over Osasuna, which was the team’s last pre-season pre-season game.
In another game to be played tomorrow, Rafa Benitez will make his debut on the lines as Everton coach against Southampton (17:00), but he will have to make do without a number of players who are in isolation, including Hamas Rodriguez. However, Richardson is expected to play even though he only returned from Tokyo a week ago, so he helped Brazil win an Olympic gold medal. Three more games will be played at 5pm, with Leicester hosting Wolves, Brighton going out for an away game at Burnley, and newcomer Watford hosting Aston Villa.