The days are getting shorter and the nights a little colder. That means the Barclays English Premier League season is just around the corner. Pre-season friendlies have been played and now the 20 teams of the EPL are ready to get going for real. The first league games happening on Saturday, August 16.
Last year’s champion was Manchester City and they look in good shape to defend their title. They have won two out of the past three league titles and have the experience to go for number three. Challenging for the title will be the usual suspects – Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Liverpool – with Everton and Tottenham having an outside chance. Several teams like Leicester City (who are returning to the Premier League for the first time in 10 years) are going to be battling all year just to remain in the Premier League.
Games can be watched on stations like TSN, TSN2, Fox, and Sportsnet. No matter which games are being shown you are bound to get high quality soccer as each team has several players to watch.
Players to Watch:
Arsenal – Olivier Giroud (forward), Mikel Arteta (midfield), Laurent Koscielny (defender)
Aston Villa – Ron Vlaar (defender), Shay Given (keeper), Darren Bent (forward)
Burnley – Stephen Ward (defender), Lukas Jutkiewitz (forward), Ben Mee (defender)
Chelsea – Demba Ba (forward), Kevin De Bruyne (midfielder), Petr Cech (keeper)
Crystal Palace – Martin Kelly (defender), Fraizer Campbell (forward), Brede Hangeland (defender)
Everton – Tim Howard (keeper), Romelu Lukaku (forward), Gareth Barry (midfielder)
Hull – Tom Huddleston (midfielder), Nikica Jelavic (forward), Robert Snodgrass (midfielder)
Leicester – David Nugent (forward), Wes Morgan (defender), Marc Albrighton (midfielder)
Manchester City – Vincent Kompany (central defender), Sergio Aguero (forward), Joe Hart (keeper)
Manchester United – Wayne Rooney (forward), Robin Van Persie (forward), David de Gea (keeper)
Newcastle – Mathieu Debuchy (defender), Tim Krul (keeper), Papiss Demba Cissé (forward)
Queens Park Rangers – Rio Ferdinand (defender), Shaun Wright-Phillips (midfielder), Bobby Zamora (forward)
Southampton – Adam Lallana (midfielder), Florin Gados (defender), Shane Long (forward)
Stoke – Peter Crouch (forward), Peter Odemwingie (forward), Wilson Palacios (midfielder)
Sunderland – Jozy Altidore (forward), Wes Brown (defender), John O’Shea (defender)
Swansea – Wilfried Bony (forward), José Canas (midfielder), Angel Rangel (defender)
Tottenham – Emmanuel Adebayor (forward), Brad Friedel (keeper), Aaron Lennon (midfielder)
West Bromwich – Ben Foster (keeper), Gareth McAuley (defender), Victor Anichebe (midfielder)
West Ham – Andy Carroll (forward), Joe Cole (midfielder), Stewart Downing (forward)