Liverpool face a stern Watford test on Saturday in the early kick-off of the Premier League at Vicerage Road while champions Chelsea host Burnley later.
Liverpool have been surrounded by the transfer news of Philippe Coutinho but manager Jurgen Klopp is completely focused on the Reds first match against Watford.
Watford are a side who could prove to be a dark horse under former Hull City manager Marco Silva. Watford away is never easy as year’s gritty 1-0 victory over them suggests so. Liverpool will be without Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge, Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana.
Trent Alexander-Arnold could be in contention for the right back slot. Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum could form the midfield triangle.
Watford captain Troy Deeney is expected to be fit for the game.
Chelsea welcome Burnley
Chelsea will be without the injured duo Eden Hazard and Tiemoue Bakayoko as they welcome Burnley beginning their title defence. New signings Antonio Rudiger and Alvaro Morata could debut for the Blues at the Stamford Bridge.
Speaking on Morata, manager Antonio Conte said, “He’s starting to understand what I want from him during the game. But he needs time to understand, to adapt to our style of football, above all for a striker. This role is more difficult to adapt to than the other roles.”
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Burnley have signed five players this summer including Jack Cork and Charlie Taylor. Their new signing Jon Walters could replace the departed Andre Gray up front.
Chelsea are unbeaten in the past six meetings with Burnley while the visitors have gone eight league matches without an away win in this fixture. Also read: Arsenal Edge Past Leicester City 4-3 in Thrilling Clash
Arsenal opened their league account with an emphatic 4-3 victory over Leicester City on Friday.
Gameweek 1 complete fixtures in IST (Indian Standard Time)
Watford vs Liverpool 5:00 PM
Everton vs Stoke City 7:30 PM
Crystal Palace vs Huddersfield 7:30 PM
Southampton vs Swansea City 7:30 PM
West Brom vs Bournemouth 7:30 PM
Newcastle United vs Spurs 6:00 PM
Man United vs West Ham 8:30 PM