Football fans around the globe are turning their attention back to the Premier League, which has arrived. After the FIFA world cup 2018 in Russia, the teams went into pre-season training and fixtures to ready for the first matches on the opening weekend of the season.
In the final pre-season tour on Sunday, Manchester United which kicks off the season on Friday, 10 August at Old Trafford was defeated 0-1 by Bayern Munich. Manchester have had a mixed bag of results in pre-season, drawing 1-1 against Club America, 0-0 against San Jose Earthquakes and 1-1 against AC Milan. They lost heavily 1-4 to Liverpool and won 2-1 Real Madrid. Manchester United which finished second last season will play former Premier League winners Leicester City.
Arsenal and Chelsea will both have new men at the helm, Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri respectively on the opening weekend of the season, whilst Fulham, Cardiff City and Wolveshampton Wanderers are the three new arrivals from the Championship. Swansea City, Stoke City and West Bromwich were relegated last season.
In effect it means the opening weekend of the campaign is over three days, with six games on Saturday and three more on the Sunday. Here is when the league gets underway and what we can look forward to on the opening day of the season:
10 Aug, 22:00 Manchester United Versus Leicester City
11 Aug, 14:30 Newcastle United Versus Tottenham Hotspurs
11 Aug, 17:00 Huddersfield Town Versus Chelsea FC
11 Aug, 17:00 Fulham FC Versus Crystal Palace
11 Aug, 17:00 Watford FC Versus Brighton & Hove Albion
11 Aug, 17:00 AFC Bournemouth Versus Cardiff City
11 Aug, 19:30 Wolverhampton Wanderer Versus Everton FC
12 Aug, 15:30 Liverpool FC Versus Westham United
12 Aug, 15:30 Southampton FC Versus Burnley FC
12 Aug, 18:00 Arsenal FC Versus Manchester City
The Premier League season runs right the way through to 12 May 2019. The FA Cup final is scheduled for 18 May 2019, with the EFL Cup final set for 24 February.