The Premier League finally returns this weekend, with stadiums welcoming back fans in full capacity for the first time in 18 months.
A full fixture list of 10 games kicks off this season, starting on Friday night with Brentford vs Arsenal.
This Summer’s transfer window has been one of the most exciting and dramatic windows in history, adding to the anticipation going into this season.
On paper, this season is looking like one of the most competitive in recent years, with many teams evolving and improving.
Let’s take a look at some predictions for this weekend’s set of Premier League games.
Brentford vs Arsenal
The first-ever top-flight game in Brentford’s history, Friday night’s game is sure to be memorable for their fans.
Add to that the fact it is also Brentford’s first game in their new stadium with a full capacity of fans cheering them on.
This will prove to be a tough test for Arsenal who have struggled throughout pre-season.
Friday’s game is like a cup final for Brentford but Arsenal should have enough quality to hold on for a point at least.
The key for Arteta’s side is to not let this Brentford team dictate the play and do not allow any clear-cut chances for the main man Ivan Toney.
Verdict: 2-2 draw
Manchester United vs Leeds United
Another blockbuster fixture for the opening weekend, this is sure to be a great battle in front of a full Old Trafford.
Bielsa’s Leeds side proved themselves last season and will be looking to improve even more.
The big teams are certainly aware of Leeds’s ability and Man United will not be taking this game lightly.
Expect a high-tempo game with both teams pressing high up the pitch when out of possession.
A close game is expected but the Old Trafford faithful should help the home side over the line.
Verdict : 2-1 Home win
Leicester City vs Wolves
The Foxes will be on a high after Community Shield success against Man City on Sunday and a full King Power Stadium will definitely add to the confidence.
Leicester have managed to keep their squad together whilst adding depth and competition for places.
Wolves have had a relatively quiet Summer, with many expecting them to struggle this season after losing their boss Nuno Espirito Santo to Spurs.
This is a very tough opening game for Wolves, who will be hoping long-term absentee Raul Jimenez can get straight back amongst the goals.
Again, this game will certainly be tight and cagey at times, but the confidence around this Leicester side should get them the three points.
Verdict: 2-0 Home win.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace
The Blues will be looking to open their season with a strong win in front of a returning Stamford Bridge faithful.
With Romelu Lukaku all but confirmed to be making a return to Chelsea before the weekend, Palace could have an extremely tough game on their hands.
The Eagles enter a new era under Patrick Vieira, who has warned fans to be patient with his new-look youthful side.
European Champions Chelsea should have more than enough quality to get all three points, but don’t rule out a shock as Palace do have some memorable wins against the Blues over the years.
Exciting times for both these clubs, with two sets of noisy fans sure to provide an electric atmosphere for this game.
Verdict: 3-1 Home win.
Watford vs Aston Villa
Newly promoted Watford will be looking for a positive start on their Premier League return.
The Hornets need to get off to a good start to give themselves the best chance of survival in what is a very competitive division this year.
A home game in front of their fans is the best start for them, but Villa will certainly have a say in that.
Dean Smith’s side may have lost talisman Jack Grealish, but the additions they have made are extremely exciting and on paper, many believe this Villa side can push for European places.
Expect Watford to try and remain solid at the back, but Villa have far too much firepower going forward.
Verdict: 1-2 Away win.
Everton vs Southampton
The Toffees have certainly had a turbulent Summer, losing Carlo Ancelotti and controversially bringing in Liverpool legend Rafa Benitez to replace him.
Rafa’s appointment was then met with some mediocre squad depth signings.
Everton fans seem disappointed in the direction being taken, but sensible signings can sometimes prove to be the difference.
Southampton on the other hand has just lost their main goalscorer in Danny Ings, and look to have replaced him with Blackburn’s Adam Armstrong.
There is no doubt the Saints will struggle massively without Ings and could find themselves in a relegation battle if Armstrong doesn’t hit the ground running.
Everton should have enough but both teams may struggle going forward.
Verdict: 1-0 Home win.
Burnley vs Brighton
A quiet Summer for both of these sides has many fans expecting potential relegation battles at the end of the season.
Dyche’s Burnley side have made very few signings and look to be sticking with the squad that has kept them up over the last few years.
With how much improvement clubs around them have made, Burnley could finally come to unstuck this season.
Graham Potter’s Brighton impressed many with their style of play last season, with scoring goals being their biggest issue.
They did lose Ben White to Arsenal but it looks like midfield maestro Yves Bissouma will be staying, which is a huge boost for their hopes this season.
A goal either way will be enough for all three points.
Verdict: 1-1 Draw.
Norwich City vs Liverpool
The Canaries’ first game back in the top flight pits them against Liverpool, who have certainly given them some misery in the past.
The Luis Suarez era brings back bad memories for Norwich fans, but they will be hoping a new chapter can be written with this squad.
Again Norwich have had a disappointing transfer window, mainly due to losing their creative spark in Emi Buendia to Aston Villa.
Without him, the likes of Todd Cantwell will really have to step up if they have any chance of survival.
Klopp’s Liverpool will be hungry for redemption after a pretty tumultuous season.
The likes of Van Dijk and Joe Gomez are both fully fit and they will be hoping the front three which won them the title will be able to rediscover similar form.
Verdict: 1-3 Away win.
Newcastle vs West Ham
Two sides with some of the most passionate fans in the league, who will both be looking to start positively.
Steve Bruce is still having a hard time winning over fans, but the permanent signing of Joe Willock will certainly help that.
Other than that the Magpies have made no new additions, and will probably find themselves in limbo between mid-table obscurity and a relegation dogfight.
The Hammers on the other hand go into this season with European football to look forward to.
The additions to their squad have been minimal and with the fatiguing effects of Europa League football, there is potential their league position could be affected.
This game could easily go either way with both sides eager to start with a win.
Verdict: 1-1 Draw.
Tottenham vs Manchester City
The biggest game of the opening weekend sees a new era at Spurs get underway against Champions Man City.
Harry Kane’s future has cast a cloud over Tottenham’s Summer business, with no guarantees he will stay beyond the window.
City, having just spent £100m on Jack Grealish, are the main suitors for Kane but it looks highly unlikely he will be a City player before this game.
Spurs fans seem to have accepted they are in a rebuilding period with patience being key.
City however just keep adding talent to an already world-class squad, with the Champions League being their biggest target this season.
Despite City’s loss at Wembley on Sunday, with a full-strength team, they should have far too much for Spurs to handle.
Verdict: 2-3 Away win.
Excitement for this upcoming season is through the roof, with only a few more days for fans to wait.
Full stadiums and fanatic fan celebrations are returning after what seems a lifetime.
Now it is time to watch the drama unfold and see who comes out on top over the next nine months.