Manchester City begin their title defence with a trip to North London to play an Arsenal side now managed by Unai Emery.
City completed the domestic double over Arsenal last season, including a 3-0 beating in the same fixture, where the Citizens played the Gunners off the park at times.
Pep Guardiola’s men were a class apart in the Premier League last season, amassing 100 points and 106 goals, both new top flight records, and played some of the finest football the league had ever seen.
Guardiola revealed that there are no fresh injury concerns for his side, with both Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling available after their excursions’ at World Cup/
However, it is unlikely that David Silva will take part as the Spaniard missed the Community Shield win over Chelsea and is a doubt for Sunday’s game.
Danilo will also miss the trip to the Emirates as he is currently sidelined with an ankle injury picked up at the World Cup.
With all that in mind, we take a look at the line-up Man City are likely to go with on Sunday:
The Brazilian sat out the Community Shield win but will start as No.1 again this season. His excellent distribution and aggressive sweeping are perfect for Guardiola’s system.
RB: Kyle Walker
Walker was possibly the best right back in the league last season and is fit to play after a short break following the World Cup.
CB: John Stones
Guardiola commented on using Stones in midfield in parts this season but will likely start at CB against Arsenal.
CB: Aymeric Laporte
Laporte arrived in January for a then club record fee of 57m, but played only 14 times from then, will look to forge a partnership with Stones at centre back.
LB: Benjamin Mendy
A horror injury for Mendy ruled him out of last season back in September but now looks ready to claim the LB spot his own.
City’s failure to capture Jorginho from Napoli means that Fernandinho will likely spend the season at DM, he provided key balance to the midfield that allowed KDB and D.Silva to roam forward and will have the same responsibility this term.
CM: Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne was City’s best player last season and also had a great World Cup, he’s only had a 3 week rest but looks set to start on Sunday.
CM: Bernardo Silva
Bernardo Silva’s excellent pre-season means he will begin the season in the midfield, he will be key for City as he can also play on either wing.
RW: Riyad Mahrez
A tough call between the Algerian and Sterling but the fact Mahrez has had a full pre-season means that he will likely start over the Englishman.
ST: Sergio Aguero
The Argentine will once again battle Gabriel Jesus for the role as City’s no. 9, Aguero’s two goals in the Charity Shield mean it is likely he who starts up top.
LW: Leroy Sane
Leroy Sane’s shock exclusion from Germany’s World Cup squad means he is fully rested and will be even more dangerous this season from LW.