Season 2018/19 opening weekend preview

The summer transfer window is closed, and the Premier League returns this evening, as Manchester United host Leicester in the first game of season 2018/19. Here are the big games taking place this weekend as the English top-flight returns:

Manchester United v Leicester (Friday, 8 PM)

The Red Devils were disappointed by failing to complete the signing of a central defender in the summer transfer window. United are also plagued by missing players heading into this clash.

However, Jose Mourinho’s side has a formidable home record in the Premier League, having suffered defeat in just two of their last 36 outings on home soil in the English top-flight.

Leicester finished last season in poor fashion, suffering defeat in five of their last seven games in the league, including losing three of their final four games in top-flight. The Foxes have also lost their last three games on their travels in the Premier League, conceding at least twice in all three away games.

Arsenal v Manchester City (Sunday, 4 PM)

In the Premier League game of the weekend, Arsenal host Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal have enjoyed a productive summer with the appointment of Spanish boss Unai Emery, and the signings of Bernd Leno, Sokratis, Lucas Torreira and Mateo Guendouzi.

The Gunners finished last season in mixed form. However, the Gunners north London clubs form on soil form, winning seven of their last eight games at the Emirates Stadium in the top-flight. The team from north London have managed to score at least twice in nine of their last ten home outings at home.

Manchester City were the dominant force in the Premier League last season while winning five of their last six top-flight outings. The Citizens also won their last six away games in the top-flight, scoring at least two goals in five of the six away victories.

Other Premier League fixtures

Saturday 3 PM unless stated

Newcastle v Tottenham (12 PM)

Watford v Brighton

Bournemouth v Cardiff

Fulham v Crystal Palace

Huddersfield v Chelsea

Wolves v Everton (5:30 PM)

Sunday

Southampton v Burnley (1:30 PM)

Liverpool v West Ham (1:30 PM)

Who will pick up opening weekend wins?

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