Arsenal travel to Newcastle United in one of three Premier League games on Sunday and will be confident of walking away from St James’ Park with all three points.
There is a toxic atmosphere around Newcastle ahead of the new season after owner Mike Ashley decided to replace Rafael Benitez with former Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce, and there are planned protests from the fans ahead of Sunday’s encounter.
With the pressure already building on the new Magpies boss, Arsenal can take advantage of the situation and extend their impressive record against the north-east outfit, who have lost 12 of the last 13 meetings.
Unai Emery could hand club-record signing Nicolas Pepe, who scored 22 Ligue 1 goals last season, a debut following his £72million arrival from Lille, while Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to lead the line.
Newcastle have added attacking reinforcements to their squad in the form of Brazilian forward Joelinton and French winger Allan Saint-Maximin, boosting the chances of the hosts finding the back of the net.
Over at King Power Stadium, Leicester City will be looking to get their campaign off to the perfect start when they take on Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Foxes have enjoyed a fantastic pre-season, winning five times and drawing once, and summer signing Ayoze Perez appears to have gelled with his new team-mates.
Wolves’ season has already started, as they battle their way through Europa League qualifying rounds, and they have had little rest for this game, having beaten Pyunik 4-0 in Armenia on Thursday night.
Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota have both looked in good form in recent weeks and it would be no surprise to see one of the attacking duo find the back of the net.
Frank Lampard’s reign as Chelsea manager begins at Old Trafford, with a hotly-anticipated clash against Manchester United.
The new Blues boss has been unable to sign any players this summer but that has allowed the younger players to thrive.
Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham have both looked impressive during pre-season, while USA international Christian Pulisic, signed back in January for 2019-20, is in line for his debut at the Theatre of Dream.
As for the Red Devils, they have won all six pre-season matches, beating the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Inter and AC Milan, and have scored 12 goals in those victories.