Top 5: Things to look out for on the opening weekend of the 2016/17 Premier League season

On the eve of the new Premier League season, there is a lot of enthusiasm and excitement ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

After last year, there is a real feeling that anything can happen and it will be interesting to see what impact this will have on the league this term.

Champions Leicester City will start their campaign away to Premier League newbies Hull City, whilst Burnley and Middlesbrough take on Swansea City and Stoke City respectively.

Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Red Devils striker Ibrahimovic – Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Tottenham will begin away to Everton, Chelsea take on West Ham United and Arsenal face Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

One game you’d expect all eyes to be on is the game at Dean Court as footballing superstars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba look to make their mark for Manchester United against AFC Bournemouth.

Other fixtures see Crystal Palace take on West Brom, Southampton face Watford and Manchester City play Sunderland.

Whilst fans will need to wait a bit longer for the official inauguration of West Ham’s new ground in the Premier League, here are five things that you might want to look out for as the Premier League returns this weekend…

5. New and returning faces to management

Jose Mourinho makes a return to the Premier League as he and rival Pep Guardiola look to reignite their feud that sparked in Spain, this time taking charge of the red and blue halves of Manchester, respectively.

Antonio Conte will try to mark his first season in this league with a reformed Chelsea side, whilst Ronald Koeman makes the switch to Merseyside.

Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Former Italy coach Conte is now manager of Chelsea – Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

He will look to reform an Everton team that has struggled ever since the departure of David Moyes – who, of course, will be taking charge of Sunderland, following the appointment of Sam Allardyce as England manager.

Claude Puel and Walter Mazzarri will take charge of Southampton and Watford, with the manager’s position at Hull City still remaining vacant.


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