|ARSENAL v SUNDERLAND l 18 AUGUST l 9.55 P.M. STAR SPORTS
Will he stay or will he go? One of the longest transfer sagas this summer will take another twist this weekend as we will see whether last season’s EPL Player of The Season, Robin Van Persie will feature alongside new Gunners signings; Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski.
Last season, this fixture ended in a 2-1 win for the Gunners as the legendary Thierry Henry scored a last minute winner in the final game of his loan spell, concluding his fairytale return to the Emirates. Beninese playmaker Stéphane Sessègnon will look to pick up where he left off last season as the Black Cats will hope to spring an upset this Saturday.
|REAL MADRID v VALENCIA l 20 AUGUST l 12.55 A.M. ESPN HD
Los Merengues entertain the visit of Los Che to the Barnebeu in what will be a fesity affair. Valencia did brilliantly to thwart their opponents last season, and owe a lot to the goalkeeping heroics of Guaita.
Los Che has become a selling club due to their crippling debts with Jordi Alba the latest name to leave Mestalla. However, they have made considerable improvements with the signing of Real’s old boys; Fernando Gago and Sergio Canales.
Madrid on the other hand have been uncharacteristically quiet in the market this summer with Luka Modric the only likely signing to be made. Can the Alba-less Los Che pose a threat to Mourinho’s irresistible charges and put an early dent in their title challenge?
|EVERTON v MAN UNITED l 21 AUGUST l 2.55 A.M. ESPN HD
Everton have at times been a bogey team for United over the years and opening fixtures do not come much harder than this as Fergie’s charges pay a visit to Goodison Park early Tuesday morning.
All eyes will undoubtedly be on United’s newest recruit, Shinji Kagawa, as he looks to kick start his English career with a goal after an impressive pre-season campaign. Everton on the other hand will be without both Tim Cahill and Jack Rodwell who have both left the club this summer. However, this will not be by any means an easy task for the Red Devils, Everton will as ever be roared on by a rampant Goodison Park faithful and David Moyes men may well take the game to United as they did in last April's remarkable 4-4 draw at Old Trafford. If they do, then we can look forward to an attack minded contest which will be the perfect welcome for the return of the Premier League season!