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Premier League 2015-16: Seven questions on every fan's mind

The English Premier League season is almost upon us. We're looking forward to the drama.

The dawn of a new season always sparks questions. Watching the answers reveal themselves over the course of a season is why we all love sports.

The English Premier League season begins Saturday. The pitch will be ablaze with promise as the big dogs — clubs such as Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal — lace up their boots to make a run at a top-four finish and secure themselves a spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League.

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Recently promoted sides, including Bournemoth, Watford and Norwich, will fight to stay in the league. Others, such as Liverpool, will strive to return to the glory of years past. There’ll be world-class finishes and clinical passes as well as transfer rumors and derby matchups that will be remembered for decades.

Go through our list of seven story lines we’ll be watching from the opening kickoff.



  • Manchester United and Chelsea have finished atop the Premier League table in nine of the past 11 seasons. Chelsea, league champions four times during that span and which bested second-place Manchester City by eight points last season, could be even stronger this season.

    Chelsea already had Diego Costa, who finished third in the league with 20 goals last season, and the Premiership’s top assist man in Cesc Fabregas. That’s not to mention a lethal attacking three of Eden Hazard (14 goals, nine assists) Oscar (seven goals, eight assists) and Willian (four goals,three assists), plus Loic Remy, who added seven goals in 13 appearances in a Chelsea shirt.

    In the offseason they added Radamel Falcao. The Colombian was among the world’s best at Monaco before making the move to Manchester United, where things didn’t work out last season.

    Barring myriad injuries, Chelsea will almost certainly be among the top four,and it will be a surprise if anyone else wins the league.

  • Things will look whole lot different at Anfield this season. Gone is Steven Gerrard, arguably the most recognizable figure in the club’s history. He left the Premier League and is now cashing checks from the LA Galaxy of the MLS. LFC parted ways with longtime defender Glen Johnson and sold Raheem Sterling, once thought to the side’s future, to Manchester City for $76 million.

    LFC added some proven commodities in defender Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton and former City midfielder James Milner. It also bought Christian Benteke, who scored 13 goals for Aston Villa last season, for $49 million and Brazilian national Roberto Firmino to help fill the goal-scoring void left by Luis Suarez, now with Barcelona, and the often-injured Daniel Sturridge.

    Liverpool dropped to sixth in the table last season after placing second in 2013-2014, and that won’t fly with its supporters.

  • Money is a major issue and a lot of it is at stake for teams at the bottom of the Premier League table.

    Next season, the premiership will enter a three-year, $7.9 billion broadcasting deal with Sky Sports and BT Sports. Everyone will be fighting like dogs for their slice of that pie. So, late-season matches featuring sides such as Norwich, Watford, Bournemouth, Leicester City and Sunderland could be as gritty as those, featuring teams vying for the No. 1 spot.

  • Improvement is appreciated, but success is determined by cups at Old Trafford.

    United returned to the top four of the Premier League after a disappointing 2013-2014. It’s expected to make a push for the title and die-hard supporters will expect them to have a strong showing in the Champions League as well.

    Striker Wayne Rooney is a goal waiting to happen, but if they can’t replace PSG-bound Angel Di Maria’s production in the midfield and South Hampton transfer Morgan Schneiderlin doesn’t pan out, things could fall apart.

  • The usual suspects — Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal are all expected to make strong pushes for the top four.

    However, clubs such as Liverpool, Tottenham, Swansea City, Stoke Cityand South Hampton could also make runs if things go right.

  • One of the most beautiful things about the beautiful game isthere’s always a rivalry match around the corner.

    Here’s a run down of some derby matches to keep an eye out for during the 2015-2016 season:


    19-Aston Villa vs. West Brom


    3-Everton vs. Liverpool

    24-Sunderland vs. Newcastle, Manchester United vs. Manchester City


    7-Arsenal vs. Tottenham

    28-Tottenham vs. Chelsea


    23-Arsenal vs. Chelsea, West Brom vs. Aston Villa


    27-Liverpool vs. Everton


    5-Tottenham vs. Arsenal

    19-Manchester City vs. Manchester United, Newcastle vs. Sunderland


    30-Chelsea vs. Tottenham

  • Look no further than Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho. The two have a long-running feud and they don’t mince words when asked questions about the other’s club.

    Their most recent spat came following Arsenal’s 1-0 friendly win against Chelsea in the Community Shield last week after which Mourinho said Wenger avoided shaking his hand. The two exchanged barbs in the postgame news conference, too. Wenger said, “I shook a few hands after the game, but there’s nothing special there.”

    Mourinho pulled the I-won-the-league last year card, saying, “I think this is a good memory for him. He wins and takes a medal from the loser.”

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