In the midst of the opening week of Euro 2016, the Premier League fixtures for the forthcoming season have been announced, and the fixture computer has certainly thrown up some interesting ties right from the off.
We at Free Bets, pick out five mouth-watering games to watch out for at the start of next season.
Arsenal v Liverpool – August 13th 2016
What a way to start the new campaign. Jurgen Klopp’s first full season in charge at Anfield kicks-off with a blockbuster tie against Arsenal at the Emirates. Whilst for fans on Merseyside, this season is set to be the official start of the Klopp era, for Arsenal supporters expectations will be high, and the Gunners will be hoping to avoid a repeat of last season’s opening day home defeat to West Ham.
West Ham v Bournemouth – August 20th 2016
Although not a glamour tie, this fixture represents West Ham’s first game at their new stadium. Over 50,000 season tickets have already been sold, and their encounter against Bournemouth promises to be an occasion to remember.
Leicester v Arsenal – August 20th 2016
All eyes this season will be on champions Leicester, to see whether or not they can repeat their heroics of last season’s historic campaign.
At this stage it is unclear which of their star players will still be at the King Power, or how many of them will be playing for Arsenal by the time this fixture comes around.
Beating the Gunners early on in the season would certainly be a statement of intent from Claudio Ranieri’s side.
Manchester City v Manchester United – September 10th 2016
The Manchester derby needs no added element to it, but the opportunity of seeing Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho going head-to-head for the first time since their La Liga days make this encounter even more fascinating. Both sides will have big aspirations this season, and on a personal level both managers will be desperate not to lose against the other.
Chelsea v Manchester United – October 22nd 2016
The return of Jose. Chelsea and Manchester United’s meeting in October will be Jose Mourinho’s first game at Stamford Bridge since his departure last season. Whilst the occasion is sure to be emotional for the ‘Special One’ it will be victory that the 53-year-old will be seeking in order to prove a point to the Chelsea hierarchy.