Premier League: 10 things to watch out for during the opening weekend | Eredivisie

1) Arsenal to avoid opening night encore

It has become tradition for Arsenal to look slightly undercooked at the start of a season, but this time their hosts have more question marks. While Crystal Palace mistreated them at Selhurst Park in April, a rematch so soon seems to suit the visitors more and Patrick Vieira’s prediction of “a completely different game” seems hard to criticize. Palace have yet to find a replacement for Conor Gallagher, whose energy was so fundamental to their better performances last season, while Cheikhou Kouyaté has left and the current list of injuries includes James McArthur and Michael Olise. Reinforcements have taken longer than Vieira would like, while Mikel Arteta has been able to strengthen in key areas and place something close to his favorite starting XI in recent friendlies. A year ago, Arsenal’s Covid-weakened squad started disastrously in Brentford, but a Friday night scare doesn’t seem likely this time around. Nick Ames

2) Núñez ready to go for Liverpool

Darwin Núñez doesn’t look like he needs to be relaxed. The Uruguayan forward started on the bench when Liverpool beat City in the Community Shield last weekend, but he seemed to be on the same wavelength as his new team-mates after coming in the second half. The runs were intelligent and effective, the left play was smart and there were signs of agreement with Mohamed Salah, who was involved when Núñez scored his first Liverpool goal with a brave header. The question is whether Klopp decides to play against the former Benfica striker at Liverpool on Saturday visiting Fulham. Is there anything to be gained by holding the 23-year-old back and playing Roberto Firmino down the middle instead? Firmino is an excellent, subtle player, but Fulham defenders must be afraid to try and keep Nuñez quiet. Jacob Steinberg

3) Everton is short of firepower

It was against old Frank Lampard last season that Everton found the spirit, style and support that ultimately kept them in the Premier League, but that was thanks to a winner from Richarlison – with both Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Salomón Rondón on. the bank as a backup. The goalscorer is gone, the England international is out injured for the next six weeks and Rondón has been banned. Another attributive approach is likely, with no recognized forward available for the first game of a new campaign. And to think it is Thomas Tuchel who has so far complained about his club’s summer transfer activities. At least Chelsea have some fresh faces to reflect an ambitious new era under Todd Boehly in Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Carney Chukwuemeka, along with the promise of more to come. However, they have lost on their last four league visits to Goodison Park, and Tuchel’s call for reinforcements will only grow by a fifth. Andy Hunter

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4) Will Pope force Dubravka to get out?

Nick Pope or Martin Dubravka? That is the dilemma Eddie Howe faces as his Newcastle team prepares to face Nottingham Forest at St James’ Park on Saturday. Pope didn’t come from Burnley for £10m earlier this summer just to sit on the bench. Instead, the 30-year-old has made it crystal clear that he plans to play in the first team, which will almost certainly secure him a place on England’s World Cup flight to Doha in November. Accordingly, the consensus is that Howe will start Saturday for Dubravka with Pope. That, in turn, will upset the Slovakian goalkeeper and his agent, who reiterated that his client is too good to be anyone’s understudy. Something must give; could a trade-in deal between Newcastle and Leicester, involving Dubravka and James Maddison, be the answer? Louise Taylor

5) Kane can get off to a flying start

If the pre-season is a time for optimism, it was particularly pronounced at Tottenham. First Antonio Conte committed to the project, then the club made quick and targeted purchases. Still, there’s one player who holds the key to glory and, luckily for everyone involved, Harry Kane looks relaxed and ready. Last year the striker wanted out. When his wish was denied, he toiled and scored just one league goal before mid-December. He rediscovered his groove under Conte, who joined in early November, to finish 17th in the league and is picking up momentum in the opening game against Southampton, having had some good preparation this time around. Conte’s system is based on getting the best out of his frontmen and Kane intends to embrace the expectations. David Hytner

6) Hammers are tough opening test for the city

The champions don’t have an easy start to their title defense. West Ham are unbeaten in their last three home games against Manchester City and are playing in a way that upsets Pep Guardiola’s side. Much revolves around the acumen of Jarrod Bowen and Mikhail Antonio on the counter, and while West Ham seemed to lack creativity during pre-season, that will probably be less of an issue against City. After all, David Moyes won’t make plans for his team to dominate possession. The point is for West Ham to keep a low block, keep a close eye on Erling Haaland and find ways to release Bowen, whose right-to-left diagonal saw him score twice as Moyes City’s side hit a pulsating 2 -2 draw. in this match last season. Jacob Steinberg

Jarrod Bowen gives West Ham a 2-0 lead against Manchester City in May, before the champions came back for a draw.
Jarrod Bowen gave West Ham a 2-0 lead against Manchester City in May, before the champions came back for a draw. Photo: Adam Davy/PA

7) Parker seeks early points on board

Great expectations. This sentence probably does not embodies Bournemouth fans’ vision for their return to the Premier League. With Scott Parker’s men working hard on automatic promotion last season and a worrying lack of summer spending so far, the club looks set for a tough campaign. After hosting Aston Villa, Bournemouth then travels to Manchester City before taking on Arsenal and Liverpool at home at Anfield. A run at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday may be necessary to avoid the ominous prospect of losing their first four league games and see their chances of survival begin to fade on the south coast by the end of August. Villa fans will be expecting bigger things than last season’s 14th place finish, and if Steven Gerrard’s players want to make big strides on the table, getting three points in games like this should be a must in their hunt for a first. top half finish since promotion in 2019. Joel Mians

8) Will Ronaldo make an appearance?

Erik ten Hag’s first Manchester United XI for a Premier League game is not expected to feature Cristiano Ronaldo due to the wanton striker’s lack of match fitness. The manager labeled the 37-year-old’s early departure from Sunday’s friendly with Rayo Vallecano as “unacceptable” and anyone watching Brighton’s visit will turn into body language experts, analyzing every interaction for a hint of disagreement. The Portuguese’s decision to transfer was certainly premeditated as a last-ditch trick in the bid to leave a club supposedly admired. While the new manager is somehow trying to rebuild a broken side, Ten Hag’s handling of Ronaldo and an unwanted afterthought could define his tenure. Jamie Jackson

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9) Bamford gives Marsch a big boost

The injuries that limited Patrick Bamford to just nine appearances for Leeds last season played a big part not only in the team’s battle with relegation, but also in the replacement of Marcelo Bielsa with Jesse Marsch. The good news for the latter is that the Leeds main striker, and top goalscorer for 2020-21, is close to 100% fit and looks set to start against Wolves at Elland Road on Saturday. If Marsch can keep Bamford fit, he has a good chance of buying the time it takes to put his exciting new signings, perhaps notably attacking midfielder Brenden Aaronson and winger Luis Sinisterra, into the first XI and support Leeds fans to help forget the summer departure of Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha. The American’s chances of making this season a success will be greatly increased if he can keep Bamford fit. Louise Taylor

10) Foxes face uncertainty at kick-off

This has been a difficult summer for Leicester. Kasper Schmeichel has left, the future of Wesley Fofana and James Maddison is in the air and the Foxes are the only Premier League club to sign another player. A club close to qualifying for the Champions League in 2020 and 2021, discovered last season, didn’t quite go according to plan, with Brendan Rodgers’ side finishing eighth, six points away from a Europa League place. There is a different mood among the Leicester fan base compared to the start of other recent seasons. They welcome a Brentford team that they beat twice last season, albeit coincidentally. The visitors have had a busy transfer window, marked by the departure of their midfield maverick Christian Eriksen. Given the uncertainty in LE2, Thomas Frank’s side may not get a better chance of stinging their hosts. Uzzi Majid

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