The fixtures for the new Premier League campaign were released on Wednesday with the 2021-22 season only two months away.
Here we take a look at five storylines from the opening weekend.
Who will Harry Kane be lining up for?
Champions Manchester City visit Tottenham on the first day of the season and the subplot to the fixture is Harry Kane could potentially line up for the visitors. Pep Guardiola’s side are among the clubs heavily linked with the England captain, who has made clear his ambition to win team trophies – something Spurs have failed to achieve since 2008. Guardiola memorably labelled Tottenham the ‘Harry Kane team’ in 2017 but in a twist of fate, the striker could make his first appearance for his new club at his old stomping round if a move is forthcoming this summer.
Brentford are back in the top flight for the first time in 75 years and start life in the Premier League with a London derby in front of their fans. Arsenal are the visitors to the Brentford Community Stadium in what should be a great occasion for the Bees faithful, who have hardly been able to step foot inside the ground since it opened last year. It will be only the second meeting between the sides since the west-London club were part of the Old First Division back in the 1946-47 term. Meanwhile, Thomas Frank has a number of ex-Gunners in his ranks, including Josh Dasilva.
When Leeds travelled to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United in December, it was the first meeting between the clubs in nine years but they have been pitted against each other on the opening weekend to make it three matches in the space of eight months. After waiting so long to face each other regularly, the fans of both will not mind it coming out first in the fixture list. An eight-goal thriller was produced in the first encounter of last season, with Manchester United triumphing 6-2 before a stalemate took place at Elland Road. On this occasion, supporters from the two clubs will hopefully be in attendance for a game which could feel like a throwback to yesteryears.
Canaries to have wings clipped?
Familiar face at the Bridge
Champions League winners Chelsea get their campaign under way at home to Crystal Palace and Thomas Tuchel will be desperate for a good start. His planning for that fixture will be difficult currently with the Eagles managerless after Roy Hodgson stepped down at the end of the past campaign. There are a number of candidates for the role at Selhurst Park, including Frank Lampard who could end up back in the Stamford Bridge dugout sooner than expected – just in the away end.
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