The countdown for the return of Premier League football has well and truly started!
Most football fans are already missing what was an incredible World Cup. But the return of the world’s most exciting league should get rid of that Russia 2018 hangover. Here are just 11 reasons to crank up the excitement.
#1. Friday Night Football
The Premier League season starts on Friday 10th August as Manchester United play Leicester City. Last season’s Friday night offerings served up some hugely entertaining fixtures. So, this is a welcomed return to start your weekends in style.
#2. The Changing Of The Guard
A change of manager at Stamford Bridge surprised nobody, but seeing a new face in the dugout at the Emirates Stadium will be rather strange. Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign didn’t end as he’d have liked, can Unai Emery fire the Gunners back into contention?
#3. The New Spurs Stadium
Naming it the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium may be the least creative thing in football since a Jordan Henderson pass. However, there’s no denying that the new Spurs ground looks absolutely incredible. Their fans must be ecstatic that they missed out on the equally unimaginatively named) London Stadium after all.
#4. The Women’s Super League
It’s not only the men’s game that keeps getting better and better. The women’s pyramid has undergone another transformation. Moreover, the 11-team WSL should be the most exciting and competitive season of all.
#5. New Football Games
The new football season means that the latest editions of FIFA and PES will hit the stores within a matter of weeks. Whether you’re a PlayStation or Xbox fan, there’s nothing better than putting your mates to the sword in the world of virtual soccer.
On a similar note, putting your knowledge to the test is great fun. From Premier League predictions to Fantasy Football leagues, this is a chance to show that you are the most informed supporter of all. It’s great fun and can be a chance to win prizes or money too.
#7. Renewed Hope In The Champions League
Liverpool were last season’s surprise package of Europe’s elite competition, reaching the final before losing out to Real Madrid in Kiev. The Reds look stronger than ever while Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are among the favourites too. Football nearly came home this summer; maybe the European Cup will this time in May.
#8. The Standards
A lot of people bemoan the loss of hard tackling and other facets associated with the early Premiership years. However, there’s no denying that some of the football played (Man City and Liverpool in particular) in 2017-18 was breathtaking. Let’s hope for more of the same.
#9. New Players
Premier League clubs have spent big yet again this summer. The likes of Jorginho, Naby Keita, and Felipe Anderson all arriving in time for the new season. Let’s overlook the return of Rob Green, and everything will be fine.
#10. No VAR
If there’s only one thing we didn’t like about the World Cup, it was the poor use of VAR. It feels as though its introduction to the domestic game is inevitable. Let’s enjoy the VAR-less Premier League while we can.
#11. No More Cricket
Sorry cricket fans, but even 20-20 can’t match the excitement of the beautiful game.