Premier League questions: How will Leicester start? Will Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba shine?
By Raz Mirza
Last Updated: 13/08/16 3:34pm
The Premier League is finally back and the big boys have spent big in what's bound to be a mouth-watering 2016/17 season.
Reigning champions Leicester kick things off on Sky Sports as they look to make the unthinkable happen and retain their title.
The Foxes travel to newly-promoted Hull City in the Saturday lunchtime clash before Zlatan Ibrahimovic and world record signing Paul Pogba line-up for Manchester United's trip to Bournemouth on Super Sunday.
In the second part of Super Sunday, Arsenal face Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium, while London rivals Chelsea and West Ham conclude the opening weekend when they go head-to-head on Monday Night Football.
We take a look at 10 questions that could be answered over the weekend...
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Can Leicester make the perfect start? (Hull City v Leicester - Saturday, 12.30pm, live on Sky Sports 1 HD)
Defending champions Leicester face stiffer competition than ever if they are to retain their crown and they get things under way with a trip to new boys Hull City for the curtain-raiser, live on Sky Sports.
Claudio Ranieri might have lost N'Golo Kante but he has bolstered his squad with the likes of Luis Hernandez, Nampalys Mendy, Bartosz Kapustka and Ahmed Musa.
The Tigers are now the only Premier League club not to have strengthened during the summer transfer window, with caretaker boss Mike Phelan in charge following the departure of Steve Bruce.
They will rely on the passionate support at the Kcom Stadium to help them try and inflict Leicester's first top-flight defeat since February, but the turmoil at the club offers the Foxes a golden opportunity to kick-start their title defence.
Will Tottenham spoil Ronald Koeman's welcoming party? (Everton v Tottenham - Saturday, 3pm)
Tottenham will be hoping to challenge for the title again this season, but face a tricky opening game at Everton.
Mauricio Pochettino's side appear well equipped to cope with the added pressure of Champions League football as they seek to win a top division championship for the first time since 1961.
But in a game that is often used as a parameter for potential champions, they head to Goodison Park to take on Koeman's Toffees, who have endured a mixed bag of results in pre-season, culminating with a 1-0 home defeat to Espanyol.
They have, however, plugged the gap in the heart of their defence after the sale of John Stones to Manchester City by bringing in the experienced Ashley Williams from Swansea. It's a match that should tell us plenty about each side's prospects for the campaign ahead.
Can either new manager get off to a flyer? (Southampton v Watford - Saturday, 3pm)
With Koeman departed, Claude Puel has been tasked with keeping Southampton competitive in the top half, but how long will it take for his new side to gel?
The Europa League qualifiers have already lost a host of players and their manager during the summer transfer window, but can take comfort from the fact that's nothing new for a club used to transition.
Likewise Watford, who also have a new manager in former Inter Milan boss Walter Mazzarri. They head to St Mary's having settled for a 2-2 draw with Ligue 1 outfit FC Lorient in their final pre-season friendly.
Both sides have an impressive record when it comes to adjusting to new bosses, and they'll need to keep that up when kick-off rolls around.
Can new-boys Boro hit the ground running against Stoke? (Middlesbrough v Stoke - Saturday, 3pm)
Premier League football returns to Teesside as Middlesbrough face their first top-flight outing in seven years when they host Mark Hughes' improving Stoke.
Aitor Karanka inspired Boro to a second-placed finish last season and they will now be looking to continue their form built on strong organisation and an excellent defensive record.
The visitors should provide a stern test, though, and will be on a high after a ninth-placed finish last season plus the acquisition of Joe Allen from Liverpool and striker Marko Arnautovic's new long-term contract.
Who will come out on top at Selhurst Park? (Crystal Palace v West Brom - Saturday, 3pm)
These two teams finished low down the Premier League table last season and there is likely to be nothing between them on Saturday afternoon.
Alan Pardew, who led Palace to their first FA Cup final since 1990, has strengthened his squad by signing Andros Townsend from Newcastle, centre-back James Tomkins from West Ham and goalkeeper Steve Mandanda from Marseille so the mood around the club is positive.
Albion are under Chinese ownership after Yunyi Guokai (Shanghai) Sports Development Limited bought the club, but their only major signing so far has come in the shape of winger Matt Phillips from Queens Park Rangers last month.
If Palace make Selhurst Park into a fortress again, West Brom could be in for a long afternoon.
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Will Clarets get off to a fast start against Swans? (Burnley v Swansea - Saturday, 3pm)
Last season's Championship winners Burnley will look to make a perfect start to the campaign when they tackle Francesco Guidolin's men at Turf Moor.
Sean Dyche has proven to be the ideal boss for Burnley, as he guided his side to the title last term with an 18-game undefeated streak to boot.
Their Welsh visitors head into the game with new boys Leroy Fer, Mike van der Hoorn, Mark Birighitti and Fernando Llorente seeking to make an immediate impact, along with club record signing Borja Baston from Atletico Madrid.
Will the turnover help or hurt the Swans? Only time will tell, but Burnley will be targeting wins from their home games in their bid for survival, and will be eyeing three points regardless.
Can Pep's boys lay down an early marker? (Manchester City v Sunderland - Saturday, 5.30pm)
Pep Guardiola will test his managerial mettle in the Premier League for the first time when his side open their campaign against David Moyes' Sunderland.
The Spanish tactician brings a winning tradition with him having only missed out on one title during his eight-year coaching career.
They boast new signings Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund, Nolito from Celta Vigo, Leroy Sane from Schalke, and £47.5m defender John Stones from Everton.
Former Manchester United manager Moyes knows his side will be up against it at the Etihad, although new boy Papy Djilobodji is keen to prove his critics wrong after joining in an £8m deal from Chelsea last week.
The two new bosses will likely approach the match with two very different footballing philosophies, but the onus will be on City to make things happen.
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Can Zlatan and Pogba make an immediate impact for Jose? (Bournemouth v Manchester United - Sunday, 1.30pm, live on Sky Sports 1 HD)
Manchester United are without a title since 2013. They've dispensed with David Moyes and not even winning the FA Cup could keep Louis van Gaal in the job.
Now it's Jose Mourinho's turn and he's wasted little time, strengthening his squad with world-record signing Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly. Can Bournemouth spoil the party?
Eddie Howe's side were one of the success stories of last season and have made additions of their own, potentially the most exciting being former Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe.
Can either defence hold firm? (Arsenal v Liverpool - Sunday, 4pm, live on Sky Sports 1 HD)
Two old foes collide in north London for the second half of a tasty first Super Sunday of the season.
Arsene Wenger's men have shown impressive pre-season form having racked up 17 goals in victories over the MLS All Stars, Chivas de Guadalajara, Viking FK and Manchester City, as well as a draw with Lens.
The third most expensive signing in Arsenal's history Granit Xhaka will look to show what he can do against Jurgen Klopp's men, who begin the season on a high.
Liverpool's pre-season form has been exceptional at times, culminating in a 4-0 obliteration of Barcelona at Wembley last weekend.
Both teams have concerns in defence, with Arsenal in particular struggling for numbers, and it could be end-to-end stuff at the Emirates.
Can Conte kick-start Chelsea or will the Hammers nail down a marker? (Chelsea v West Ham - Monday, 8pm, live on Sky Sports 1 HD)
In a tasty London derby, Antonio Conte begins life at Stamford Bridge with a tough encounter against their neighbours.
The former Italy and Juventus manager has enjoyed a largely successful pre-season tour, beating the likes of Liverpool and AC Milan, and has also adopted different tactical formations, ranging from 4-2-4 to 4-3-3.
Having already spent over £60m on striker Michy Batshuayi and midfielder N'Golo Kante, the Blues will want to be in title contention again after a massively disappointing mid-table finish last season.
Slaven Bilic's side did get the better of Chelsea last season, beating the Blues 2-1 at Upton Park in October before being denied victory in the reverse fixture thanks to a late Cesc Fabregas penalty.
Conte can lay down an immediate marker by reestablishing Chelsea's London supremacy, with a win on Monday Night Football a step in the right direction.
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