Just six weeks after the conclusion of the 2019-20 season, the English Premier League returns on
September 12 th , rescheduled from August 8 th due to interruption of the football calendar by the corona
virus- which has literally affected almost anything and everything. The fixtures for the upcoming season
are set to be released in the last week of August and football fans will be eager to see how their favorite
teams start the new calendar. I particularly will be interested to see how my favourite team- Arsenal
kicks off a new season after a rather disappointing 2019-20 season which maybe ended on a high.

With a new season comes three promoted teams, this time in Leeds, West Bromwich Albion and either
Brentford or Fulham. Brentford and Fulham are set to battle it out in the Championship play-off finals
later today-4 th August. Fulham would on paper have the upper hand having played a play-off final in
2018 defeating Aston Villa but Brentford will be eyeing a first ever promotion in the club’s history.

This, other than being the richest game, will also be mouth-watering. After 16 years in the second division,
Leeds United have finally made a return to the top tier of English football courtesy of the tactician in
Marcelo Bielsa. Leeds are playing exciting football and we all can’t wait to see how that fairs in the
coming season against the very best players and managers in the world of football.

Before getting to September, August is promising some very scintillating match-ups with European
football set to start today-4 th to 23 rd August. Anyone would jump the gun and mention any team as clear
favourites for this year’s Champions League Trophy especially due to the nature of the tournament in
the culminating stages of the competition.

Single match knock-out games are hard to call with every
game played as a final, so anyone can beat anyone. This is in turn affects these team’s preparation for
the coming season for the teams involved, of course depending on how far they go in their respective
tournaments. Manchester City having missed out on the EPL and FA trophy will look to do one better
this time round and get to the final.

Pep Guardiola of course would also love to win the trophy with
another team, a fete he has been unable to accomplish since his days with Barcelona. Chelsea on their
part look to have reached the end of the road, three goals down and are travelling to Munich to face a
Bayern side who have had more than enough time to prepare. Manchester United would be favourites
for the Europa league trophy if their unbeaten run is anything to go by.

Transfer season is also upon us and this is an area where the less words said the better but there seems
like there will be exciting movements all across Europe. Sancho to Manchester United seems to be
gathering pace with the player and the club reportedly having reached an agreement for a five-year
deal. Partey to Arsenal seems to be dragging as is known with Arsenal transfers, let us not be surprised if
it does not go through. Willian is said to have rejected a contract with Chelsea and is destined to leave
on a free this summer, let as wait for his next destination.

Manchester City is looking to strengthen their
defense yet again with a move for Nathaniel Ake reportedly on the cards. Liverpool chase for Thiago
Alcantara also seems to be taking longer than their usual transfers businesses.

By Ashnaam

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