There are just four Saturday 3pm kick offs in the opening weekend of the Premier League. But there will be plenty of action and intrigue as there will be plenty of debutants looking to make themselves instant heroes for their new teams.
Here are the factz you need to know:
AFC Bournemouth v Sheffield United
* This is the first top-flight meeting between the sides. They have faced off in each of the other three divisions over the years.
* Bournemouth haven’t beaten Sheffield United since 1988 – although this is their first meeting since 2013.
* Cherries boss Eddie Howe will hope to have fixed his side’s defensive problems that saw the side concede 16 goals in their last 8 PL matches of the 2018/19 season.
* On their way to automatic promotion last season, United lost just 1 of their last 18 matches, winning 11.
* United also have English football’s current top marksman – Billy Sharp has scored 218 goals since the start of 2005/6.
Burnley v Southampton
* Last season’s two fixtures ended all square -0-0 at Turf Moor and 1-1 at St Mary’s.
* Burnley manager Sean Dyche will be hoping for better home form this season – they lost 10 matches at Turf Moor last season.
* Saints will be looking to continue their improvement from the latter half of last season. They have won just 16 matches in the past two PL seasons.
* Burnley will be looking to share the goals around more this season – Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood scored 48.9% of their PL goals in 2018/19.
* Saints’ new striker Che Adams – one of his middle names is Everton – scored 22 goals in 46 Championship games for Birmingham City last season.
Crystal Palace v Everton
* It ended 0-0 between these sides at Selhurst Park last season. Everton took a 2-0 win over the Eagles at Goodison Park.
* Everton have a great record against Palce recently, losing just one of their last 9 meetings.
* Palace weren’t great at home last season, taking just 20 points – only Huddersfield won fewer on their own turf.
* The Toffees will be looking to take their form for the end of last season into this. They won 21 points in their last 11 PL matches in 2018/19.
* Roy Hodgson celebrated his 72nd birthday last week, and is the oldest person to take charge of a PL match.
Watford v Brighton & Hove Albion
* Brighton have yet to beat Watford in the PL – there have been two draws and two wins for the Hornets.
* Watford will be hoping to have solved their defensive problems from last season – they conceded in each of their last 15 games last season.
* Brighton failed to win any of their last 9 PL matches – losing 6.
* Watford will be looking to better their 11th place of last season when they scored 50 points – their best finish in the PL era.
* The Seagulls aren’t great away from home – they’ve won just 5 times on the road in their two PL seasons.
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