Premier League 2018/19: Reasons to be excited for the new season
Last Updated: 18/07/18 3:15pm
The Premier League returns on August 10 when Manchester United and Leicester City kick off the new season live on Sky Sports.
With the familiar array of new signings and new managers there are plenty of reasons to be excited.
Here, we take a look at why every club has cause for optimism...
With Arsene Wenger gone, the new era begins with a bang - at home to Manchester City and away to Chelsea. It will be a new-look Arsenal this season and there is optimism that Unai Emery's work on the training ground will reap rewards. Fans can't wait to find out.
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Eddie Howe is now the longest-serving manager in the Premier League and it is continuity rather than change that Bournemouth offer right now. But as well as the usual scalps, has the time come for a cup run? Excitement, as well as excellence, will be the target this season.
The novelty of Premier League football has not worn off just yet and with new signings from Mainz, Deportivo and RB Leipzig already on board, these are exciting times to be a Brighton fan. The club has never finished in the top 12 of English football. Could that soon change?
For the first time in 51 years, European football is back at Turf Moor. Sean Dyche took Burnley to seventh spot last season and the reward is the chance to take the Clarets on tour. Burnley are building something special and there will be high hopes of another fine season.
Back in the top flight after four seasons away, Cardiff are the sole Welsh representatives following Swansea's relegation and they will be loud and proud. Neil Warnock will be looking to ruffle a few feathers in the Premier League with his unique brand of football.
Antonio Conte used up his goodwill in a fraught campaign last time out so Chelsea fans will be re-energised by the arrival of Maurizio Sarri and the promise of much more entertaining football in 2018/19. Key players could be on their way out but a new cycle looks set to start.
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After losing the first seven games of last season without scoring, both Roy Hodgson and the Crystal Palace fans will welcome the opportunity to have parity once more. When Wilfried Zaha is fit and in the form of his life, Selhurst Park always offers the prospect of thrills.
Marco Silva made good starts at Hull and Watford but there will be bigger expectations at Everton. After supporters were left underwhelmed by Sam Allardyce's best efforts, there is a far greater appetite for the style of football that Silva could bring to Goodison Park.
Fulham fans were excited already following their return to the Premier League but Jean Michael Seri is a huge coup for the club. What's more, after a 43-year wait to get back to Wembley, they are there again for their first away game of the season against Tottenham.
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Huddersfield shocked the Premier League by staying up and beating some big clubs along the way but is there more to come? David Wagner says the club made "a big statement" in breaking the club record to sign Terence Kongolo. They go again come August.
Riyad Mahrez will take some replacing but Jamie Vardy remains and maybe the time is right for Leicester to refresh the team anyway. With James Maddison perhaps the most promising player in the Championship last term, the Foxes are still not in the mood to quit.
After going so close to Champions League glory, Liverpool look an even stronger proposition for the forthcoming campaign. Naby Keita and Fabinho bring added strength to midfield, while Xherdan Shaqiri means Jurgen Klopp now has depth in attack too. Is this the year?
Can you make the best even better? Pep Guardiola thinks so. With Mahrez on board and Leroy Sane well rested there are enough exciting players at Manchester City to believe this could be the start of a dynasty. This side looks ready for a serious tilt at the Champions League.
Paul Pogba returns as a World Cup winner and with Fred in midfield, is the platform now there to get the best from him at Old Trafford? Alexis Sanchez begins his first full season with the club and with Romelu Lukaku improving too, it's a big year for Jose Mourinho.
The summer signings have yet to come to fruition at Newcastle but supporters are well used to that. While there is Rafa Benitez there is hope and if the proposed takeover does finally go through then the chance to build on last season's top-half finish remains.
After a dramatic escape from the drop, Southampton are ready to put that behind them and embark on a new era under Mark Hughes. The goalkeeper problem has been addressed with the signing of Angus Gunn and with more arrivals promised, improvement is expected.
Spurs fans are looking forward to a third successive season of Champions League football and aspirations remain that they can challenge domestically too. Kieran Trippier even returns as a national hero. Time for Mauricio Pochettino's young guns to deliver trophies.
After the upheaval of last season, Javi Gracia will be hoping to instil a little calm at Vicarage Road but they have the players to excite as well. Gerard Deulofeu has signed permanently and a fit-again Nathaniel Chalobah will help. Could Will Hughes and Richarlison kick on too?
The familiar sight of West Ham making major moves in the transfer market has not always left supporters enthused but this summer feels a bit different. Record signing Felipe Anderson has real quality and in Manuel Pellegrini, there is a proven winner at the helm too.
Such is the buzz at Molineux after their Championship title win, there is a waiting list for season tickets. In Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota, they have players of Premier League quality and Rui Patricio has now joined them. Fans are hoping for much more than mere survival.
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