Here are five new faces to watch...
Tottenham Hotspur’s record signing will be all the more needed at the start of the season given the absence of the Gareth Bale, and Soldado could make a scoring start at newly-promoted Crystal Palace, who have had some problems adding defenders this summer. even without Bale, Spurs have plenty of players able to create the chances for Soldado, and as the focal point of their attack, he could start repaying his £26million fee straight away.
Perhaps the pick of an excellent summer’s transfer business at Sunderland, Giaccherini is expected to make his debut against Fulham in a match that gives the Black Cats a good chance to start their season on a high. The Italian excelled at the Confederations Cup, and should be well set to carry that form into the Premier League.
The Swansea City striker has already made headlines in his team’s victories in the early rounds of Europa League qualifying, but could help provide the shock of the opening in weekend if he fires his team to victory over Manchester United. Swansea look settled and ready for the new season, whilst United have stuttered in the transfer market, and Bony might capitalise to announce himself to the Premier League.
Crystal Palace’s new striker could give his former club Arsenal an early boost if he gets off to a flyer against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. Chamakh has never been prolific in his career, but is a better striker than was on show at Arsenal and West Ham, and could be a key player for Palace this year.
The last game of the first round of fixtures sees Newcastle United travel to Manchester City on Monday night, and it will the first chance for £34million signing Fernandinho to impress. The Brazilian is a excellent player, and in placing him next to Yaya Toure Manuel Pellegrini might have the best central midfield in the league at his disposal.
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