It has been 97 days since Manchester City regained their crown as England’s No.1 team with a 2-0 win at West Ham and, after a busy summer with more work to be done before the transfer window shuts, several clubs come into the campaign optimistic of challenging them for glory.
Manchester United, so disappointing last season, are one of them and new manager Louis van Gaal will send out his men for the first game of the new campaign when they host Swansea City at 12.45BST.
Arsenal also start their campaign on Saturday, with recently managerless Crystal Palace the visitors to the Emirates Stadium in the evening kick-off. The Eagles saw Tony Pulis depart by mutual consent just two days beforehand so begin proceedings right up against it as they take on the likes of marquee summer signing Alexis Sanchez.
In between, there are five traditional 15.00BST kicks-off, with two newly promoted sides in action. Leicester City, last year’s Championship winners, host Roberto Martinez’s Everton at the King Power Stadium while play-off winners QPR welcome Hull City, who have already seen competitive action in the Europa League.
Mauricio Pochettino takes charge of Tottenham for the first time against a West Ham team who have a great record against Spurs in recent times, while Stoke City should debut Bojan Krkic against Aston Villa and West Brom, now managed by Alan Irvine, host Sunderland at the Hawthorns.
As ever, Goal will have full coverage of every match in the division, including live text commentaries, match reports, player ratings and stats, to keep you informed as the world’s most popular league comes back with a bang.