It will be the game to be back after the long, cold and snowy off-season. With the Premier League in full swing and so many teams fighting for a place in Europe’s top club competition, the opening round of games always provides a worthy benchmark.
Three things to watch
* Arsenal v Chelsea is always a dangerous match. This was the first time the sides met after Pep Guardiola announced that a trophy would be the first priority of his Manchester City reign. Chelsea thrashed their new neighbor 3-0 at Stamford Bridge and though Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in the 1-0 win against the club, they’ll certainly feel confident and the hosts could do with a big win.
* Liverpool vs Manchester City is always one of the most-anticipated matches in the league. The hosts have risen to the top of the table and they’ll be desperate to get the strongest possible start to the year in any competition. Perennial title contenders City haven’t won here since 2013 but having got so close to knocking out the Reds in the Champions League quarterfinal, they’ll be ready to punish any mistakes.
* Hull City vs Leicester City is a lot of fun to watch. Heavyly-backed by BBC Sport Sport on the bank holiday Thursday evening, Leicester City is looking to arrest a mini-decline after yet another relegation battle. Marcus Rashford scored twice and played a major role in United’s 4-1 win but will be on the bench as Manchester United bid to retain the FA Cup.
Where to watch
3.30 p.m. (EST) on the BT Sport channel, which is also showing this match plus the second game between Manchester United and Hull City.
FC Manchester v Wolverhampton Wanderers
FC Manchester is looking to go top for the first time since November, when it defeated the Molineux side 3-1. The hosts have won just one of their last seven matches, which leaves the side without a win in five.