Chelsea v Burnley: Premier League


Injuries to key players, frustration in the transfer market, and now a surprise 3-2 home loss on the opening weekend of the season to Burnley, a team that was expected to be among the candidates for relegation.

After months without any Premier League action, our panel are just as excited as us for the return of competitive football and have picked out a few familiar faces they're looking forward to seeing back in action.

Harry Kane has been the man to beat over the last two seasons and there is little to suggest he won't be the top marksman again. Alan Shearer is the only player in Premier League history to have been involved in more, with 324.

"I have conditions to deliver a better team than I did in the first season".

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Olivier Giroud will be staying at Arsenal beyond the summer transfer window.

Mourinho's side begin their Premier League campaign at home to West Ham on Sunday having enjoyed a strong pre-season, winning six out of seven friendlies before losing to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday. Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo remain sidelined, but Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are both available after European suspensions.

There have been five major new signings in Ederson, Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva and Danilo, and further additions have not been ruled out. If the season continues along at this pace, we're in for quite a ride. At the moment I signed a new contract, and then I decided to stay, I decided to work for this club, and then to try to give every day 120 per cent.

Although Watford are considered lightweights by Premier League standards, the match had the feeling of a heavyweight bout, as the two clubs traded blows all afternoon, with Watford landing the final punch that secured the draw.

Another new recruit, left-back Benjamin Mendy, is missing with a thigh problem while midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is not yet fully fit after suffering a knee injury last season. It is going to be the same for everybody. "He's not ready to play tomorrow".

"I think everybody is in Europe".

"For large spells of last season, we felt we should have been higher up in the league than we were and performances certainly warranted that for large periods as well".