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The English Premier League 2018/2019 season is up for a deserving start after a month of World Cup action in Russia, when Leicester City visit Manchester United at the Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho will be looking to get the team to a winning start, while Claude Puel will want to start the season on a good note.

Manchester City, champions last year, start the season this Sunday with an away game against Arsenal.

The expectation was always that they would excel again, but with Pep Guardiola himself talking about how it will be impossible to replicate last season’s record breaking.

And yet the performance in the Community Shield, for what the fixture is, still set an ominous tone for everyone else.

Without Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva but with Benjamin Mendy back, City actually looked more physically powerful, and like there are levels they can still reach.

The very fact they were so good this early was itself striking.

Liverpool have made several additions to their squad for this season, more notably with Alisson Becker moving from AS Roma.

The Reds' admiration for the Brazilian goes back to his formative years with Internacional in his homeland, when goalkeeping coach John Achterberg highlighted the talents of a man who had displaced his older brother and former national team No.1 Dida to claim a first-team place

The deposed 2016-17 champions, Chelsea have again changed manager, but there is a sense that Maurizio Sarri will finally bring something different, something fun and exciting.

That is precisely the football that Roman Abramovich has long craved after so many more reactive managers.

The question that will frame Chelsea’s entire season is whether Sarri can properly implement his impressive approach before the owner suffers from his customary impatience with results.

Arsenal have an air of optimism this season with a new coach at the helm, the first Premier League since without Arsene Wenger since 1997.

If Unai Emery is that positive change agent is to be seen but the frustration and air of negative energy around the Emirates Stadium has vanished.

The climax is a long way off, this season will be interesting and the curtain raiser this weekend will surely bring much needed football action back to the fans.