Starting lineups: Crystal Palace v Southampton
Crystal Palace: Guaita, Ward, Dunn, Kouyate, Mitchell, Townsend, McArthur, McCarthy, Schlupp, Ayew, Zaha
Subs: Hennessy, Kelly, Woods, Milivojevic, Meyer, Eze, Batshuayi
Southampton: McCarthy, Bertrand, Bednarek, Stephens, Walker-Peters, Smallbone, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Redmond, Adams, Ings.
Subs: Forster, Vokins, Tella, Long, Vestergaard, Djenepo, Obafemi
It might seem like the Premier League has never been away and the truth is: it hasn’t. The opening day of the season is here and what better way to remind ourselves about the English top-flight than watching the teams which finished 14th and 11th respectively last season?
Palace only scored 31 goals last season, so will be desperate to improve on that. The arrivals of Batshuayi and Eze should help with that. Southampton, on the other hand, have bolstered their defence with the permanent arrival of Walker-Peters and Salisu coming in from Real Valladolid.
Further down the pyramid, it’s a big day for Barrow and Harrogate who get to call themselves Football League clubs, so there is plenty to keep an eye on.
Anyway, let’s all enjoy another year of top football action.