Arsenal and Liverpool are two of the giants of English football. Both will take the field looking for early season bragging rights.
The sides square off this Saturday 20 August in the English Premier League. The match is slated for 6.45am Cayman time at Emirates Stadium.
Both sides are in the midst of transition as their line-ups see some established stars missing.
The Gunners are dealing with the loss of their captain Cesc Fabregas, who headed to Barcelona after much drama. Meanwhile the Reds are without captain Steven Gerrard, who remains sidelined with injury.
However the match should not lack intrigue. Arsenal are a scrappy squad and under new leader Robin van Persie, they can still string together chances from the mid-field. With or without Samir Nasri, it will be interesting to see what impact Andrey Arshavin has on the game. Liverpool’s offence meanwhile seem as good as advertised with the addition of Uruguayan Luis Suarez. Though his club had a draw in his debut, he did notch a goal and his impact is clear.
In spite of a disappointing draw in their opener, I feel the edge rests with the Reds. If Suarez can continue to be a threat and the defence stands firm, then Liverpool should come away with the full three points.
Outside of the Arsenal-Liverpool clash, a number of contests are taking place. Saturday sees Sunderland v Newcastle, Aston Villa v Blackburn, Everton v Queens Park Rangers, Swansea v Wigan and Chelsea v West Brom.
The Sunday matches are Norwich v Stoke, Wolverhampton v Fulham and Bolton v Manchester City.
It should also be noted that a major clash takes place on Monday 22 August. Reigning champs Manchester United host Tottenham at 2pm Cayman time. Tottenham will play for the first time since the London riots.