We’ve not sure whose idea it was to stick a nearly-full round of fixtures on transfer deadline day, but we’re both impressed and scared by their love for chaos. Fortunately for all concerned, both Tottenham and Manchester United have taken care of most of their business, and can focus on what really matters: the return of the Premier League.
For United, Alexis Sanchez should make his league debut after an encouraging hour-and-a-bit against Yeovil Town. It will be interesting to see who he lines up alongside: it’s a big game, and with no injuries bothering any of the forward players, we’re likely to see what Mourinho thinks is his first-choice forward line.
Elsewhere in the side, Paul Pogba, David de Gea, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia, and Nemanja Matic should all return after their well-deserved rest. Ashley Young’s back from suspension, too, though in tBB’s view, Luke Shaw’s done more than enough to hold onto his place at full-back. But what does tBB’s view count for, in this cruel and callous world? Nothing, that’s what. Nothing at all.
(Probably a good thing, on balance. Captain For Life Rafael might start to wear thin by 2025.)
Premier League schedule
We’re kicking off at 20.00 UK time this evening, which is a thoroughly traditional 15.00 on the east coast of the USA, and 12.00 on the west. There’s the yardarm, and yep ... there’s the sun, sailing over it.
Premier League TV channel
BT Sport 1 in the UK, and NBCSN in the USA. Everybody else, have a look at livesoccertv.
Premier League streaming
You’ll need BT Sport Live in the UK, and NBC Sports Live in the USA.
Prediction: De Gea; Shaw, Jones, Smalling, Valencia; Matic, Pogba, Lingard; Sanchez, Lukaku, Martial.
Update: Just the one mistake — Young in, Shaw out. Oh, Jose.
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