It’s back! Life is so boring without soccer, right? Well, the wait is over – the Premier League is back this weekend, and at Investing In Soccer we can’t wait for the action to begin.
Manchester United and Manchester City have been given an extra week off due to reaching the semi finals of the Europa League and Champions League respectively. But, there’s still plenty of great action to start the campaign off. Here’s gameweek one’s fixtures.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the standout game is Brighton vs Chelsea.
Frank Lampard’s team have been very busy in the transfer market, spending approximately £200 million pounds on six players. The pressure will be on if they suffer a bad result in the opening game. We all know bedding in players isn’t easy, especially when they come with a high price tag and they’re expected to contribute straight away.
Also, Roman Abramovich isn’t an owner that likes to give his managers time to build a great squad. This means a run of bad results could be detrimental to Frank Lampard’s time in charge. We’re really intrigued to see how they start the season!
But wait..that game is not until Monday, isn’t there anything before then to get us excited?
Fear not, Liverpool are hosting Leeds United in the game of Champions. Liverpool obliterated the competition in last year’s Premier League campaign, winning the league by a whopping 18 points. Similarly, Leeds dominated England’s second tier of soccer, winning the Championship by an equally impressive 10 points.
Although a loss won’t be too detrimental to either side – a loss is still a loss. Both sides will be looking to impress, find early form, and get some points on the board early.
Also, we should shout out two teams who will be vying for a top six position – Tottenham and Everton. This game should be very entertaining, unless Jose Mourinho has anything to do with it (only joking :p). Both teams will look to strengthen before the end of the transfer window and will be sure to compete to try and finish as high in the Premier League table as possible.
Players to Watch
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal
Also known as PEA, Pierre is one of the premier leagues top strikers. In fact, over the past two seasons, no player has scored more than PEA. Arsenal have strengthened their team already in the transfer window and will be looking towards their captain to fire in the goals again this season. Arsenal are playing Premier League new-comers Fulham. Will he get off the mark on matchday one? And more importantly, is he in your fantasy football team?
Timo Werner – Chelsea
Chelsea have been in desperate need of a top quality striker for the past couple of seasons. The last time they had a striker in the top 3 premier league scorers was in 2015! They hope their £50 million man, Werner, will be the superstar they’ve been looking for. Last season he scored an incredible 28 League goals for RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga, only to be beaten by Robert Lewandowski, who managed 34. Can Werner settle the nerves and score on his Premier League debut?
Kai Havertz – Chelsea
This highly rated soccer player cost Chelsea approx £70 million. A technically gifted player who is great with the ball on either foot, Havertz will certainly add creativity to Chelsea’s already jaw-dropping attacking line up. Whilst a high price tag doesn’t guarantee instant success, it does add an element of pressure and manager Frank Lampard will want the youngster to settle quickly. We’re sure he will relish the opportunity.
Don’t Shoot the Messenger!!
Each week we’ll ask someone for their predictions of the upcoming game-day fixtures for the Premier League. This week it’s the turn of our Founder, Aaron. He’s a long suffering Arsenal fan (his words) and is a keen fantasy Soccer player. Do you agree with his predictions? Think you can do better? Comment below. We may even ask you to predict the scores next week!
Whatever happens this week, it’s sure to be a great weekend of soccer. Those who are new to the sport, sit back and enjoy the beautiful game. Those who are seasoned in the game, prepare for another year of trials and tribulations. You know you wouldn’t have it any other way!