Manchester City is positioned as the top favorite to revalidate the title although this season the competition will be much tougher, as their pursuers have made high disbursements during the summer to make their templates more competitive.
No club has been crowned in the Premier for 10 years , back in the campaign 2008/2009, when Manchester United managed to add two consecutive titles. Since then, Chelsea, the surprising Leicester and the aforementioned City and United have shared all the gimmicks.
Now, the blue team of Manchester, in the third year of Pep Guardiola on the bench, seeks to extend the dominance exercised last season in the English football queen division, when it became the first club in history to reach the 100 points .
Guardiola has barely touched the squad that won the title and has only added a new member: the Algerian Riyad Mahrez, who for 60 million pounds has changed Leicester for Manchester. The rest, the Ederson, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany, Leroy Sané and company that swept the last course.
Among the well-known candidates to fight the league stands out Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool, finalist of the last Champions League, which has been reinforced on a checkbook basis in several key positions.
The Anfield have only lost Emre Can, who left for free to Juventus, although they have incorporated four players who greatly improve their template: Naby Keita (RB Leipzig), Alisson Becker (Rome), Fabinho (Monaco) and Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City).
The Manchester United , second in the 2017/2018 season, has only made three signings despite recurrent complaints and demands of their coach Jose Mourinho, although it could incorporate a central defender before the market closes.
At the moment there are three new faces, two that point to the starter as they are the side Diogo Dalot (Oporto) and midfielder Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), and a substitute David de Gea for the goal, as is the veteran Lee Grant ( Stoke City).
The Tottenham Hotspur, club that usually leaves its operations for the last day of the market, has not yet opened the checkbook to sign, something that fans have not liked, but to renew: Harry Kane, Davinson Sánchez, Son Heung-min , Harry Winks and Mauricio Pochettino, among others, have sealed their continuity.
For its part, another team from London, the renovated Arsenal , faces its first season after the 22-year reign of Arsene Wenger. With Unai Emery in charge and a limited budget, the ‘Gunners’ have been reinforced in the positions in which they needed to do so and have incorporated five players who improve the squad .
Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund), Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria), Stephan Lichsteiner (Juventus) and Matteo Guendouzi (Olympique Lyonnais) are the novelties in a team that has lost some players who barely played a leading role in in recent years, such as Per Mertesacker, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilhsere or Lucas Pérez.
The manager of opening the season 2018/2019 will not be the champion, the City, but his neighbor, Manchester United, who receives Friday at the Old Trafford stadium in Leicester from 21:00.
The bulk of the first day is played on Saturday, with several highlights, such as the Newcastle-Tottenham in St James’ Park at 13:30, the Huddersfield Town-Chelsea at 16:00 or the duel between the newly promoted Wolves with Everton at the Molineux stadium. Although the star match will be played on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium between Arsenal and Manchester City at 17:00.
Schedule 1 of the Premier League
– Friday, August 10 : Manchester United-Leicester City (21:00 GMT).
– Saturday August 11 : Newcastle United-Tottenham Hotspur (13:30 GMT), Bournemouth-Cardiff City (16:00 GMT), Fulham-Crystal Palace (16:00 GMT), Huddersfield Town-Chelsea (16:00 GMT) , Watford-Brighton & Hove Albion (16:00 GMT) and Wolverhampton Wanderers-Everton (18:30 GMT).
– Sunday August 12: Liverpool-West Ham United (14:30 GMT), Southampton-Burnley (14:30 GMT) and Arsenal-Manchester City (17:00 GMT).