It's been a long summer, but the football season is finally returning to our screens – both at home and on the go. Here's our quick-fire guide...
There’s no finer time of the year for football Fans than August; the month in which the football season – and the Premier League – comes kicking back into action.
Looking to fully immerse yourself in the new football season? We’ve got all the movers, shakers and info you need to imbibe before kick-off on Friday 11 August…
How to get in on the action
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Young blood and transfers to keep an eye on.
Marcus Rashford came through the Fletcher Moss academy, capturing the eye of Manchester United scouts from a young age. He made his debut for United in the Europa League under Louis Van Gaal, having been given a shot due to mounting injuries on the squad, and scored twice. That performance earned him a place in the starting lineup against Arsenal, from where he found the back of the net once more. Now the nineteen year-old finds himself fighting Romelu Lukaku for the title of Manchester United’s top striker.
Dominic Solanke is a striker to be reckoned with, but with the Basingstoke-born nineteen year-old always struggling to break into the new-look Chelsea side, he’s made a move to Liverpool. Solanke has played for every young England age group – from under 16 to under 21 – winning the ‘player of the tournament’ honour in England Under 20’s World Cup win in 2017. He’s recently been seen scoring up a storm in Liverpool’s preseason games in Asia.
Ex-Bolton centre-half Holding moved to Arsenal at the beginning of the season last year, chiefly as a reserve player whom the squad would look to develop over the coming years. Injuries and tactical switch-ups last season saw him break into the first team, however, letting him showcase his strengths and earning him a place in Arsene Wenger’s successful FA Cup Final squad.
A frighteningly fast nineteen year-old winger who moved from Charlton to Everton in January 2017, Lookman notably scored on his debut against Manchester City. He was one of many promising young talents signed up by Everton manager Ronald Koeman, and – while Everton’s recent spending spree may cause a few squad shakeups – Koeman has made it clear he regards Lookman him as a future star.
The big money deals making waves in the Premier League
Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United – £90m)
Belgian striker Lukaku’s one of only five players to score 50 Premier League goals before turning 23, making him a force to be reckoned with. He’s come to United after four years at Everton, just as Rooney makes the opposite journey.
Alvaro Morata (Chelsea – £70m)
Having hopped from Juventus to Real Madrid for a brief second stint last year, Morata’s now moved to Chelsea. He’s a Champions League winner, and has been a fixture on Spain’s roster since 2014.
Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal – undisclosed)
Lacazette’s been at Lyon since the start of his career, swiftly earning himself a reputation as a strong, speedy presence on the pitch. He’s now at Arsenal to try and fire them back into the Champions League.
Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City – £52m)
City clearly have a lot of faith in Mendy from Monaco, because they’ve just snapped him up on a five year contract. He’s a fiercely proficient full-back, who City hope will be the backbone of the club’s revamped defensive lineup.
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool – £34.3m)
Liverpool’s first ever Egyptian player also takes another record: the biggest transfer fee the club has ever paid. It’s with good reason, though; the winger’s known for his incredible speed and control on the ball.
The movers and shakers entering the Premier League this season.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Brighton’s first foray into the Premier League will also be the club’s first return to top flight football for 34 years. Their promotion follows a nail-biting 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic.
Having won the championship with a couple of pretty decisive wins (3-1 over Preston North End and a 3-0 against Barnsley), Newcastle are back in the Premier League after just one season away.
Huddersfield scraped through the playoffs, beating Reading in penalties to become the third team promoted, and to enter British football’s most elite league for the first time in 45 years.
This year’s relegated teams are Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Hull City. Gone but not forgotten.
Premier League opening weekend fixtures
The matches you need on your radar.
Friday 11 August 2017
19.45 Arsenal v Leicester (Live on Sky Sports)
Saturday 12 August 2017
12:30 Watford v Liverpool (Live on Sky Sports)
15:00 Chelsea v Burnley
15:00 Crystal Palace v Huddersfield
15:00 Everton v Stoke
15:00 Southampton v Swansea
15:00 West Brom v Bournemouth
17:30 Brighton v Man City
Sunday 13 August 2017
13:30 Newcastle v Spurs (Live on Sky Sports)
16:00 Man Utd v West Ham (Live on Sky Sports)
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