Newbies Brentford Opens English Season Against Arsenal & La Liga

The 2021-22 Premier League season gets underway this coming weekend, with
newcomers Brentford the 50 th different club to feature in the Premier League since its
formation in 1992 getting the campaign underway with a home match against fellow
London club Arsenal on the evening of Friday 13 August.


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The Bees are set to unleash Nigerian midfielder Frank Onyeka as they look to claim the
scalp of the Gunners in their first top-flight league match since the 1940s. “Frank plays as
an eight in our system, he is very good at getting from box to box and will be valuable to us
when we don’t have the ball,” said Brentford boss Thomas Frank. “He has come from the
Danish league and was one of the best midfield players in that league; we think he has the
potential to develop further.”
Saturday 14 August brings a potential thriller early in the afternoon as Manchester United
and Leeds United renew their rivalry with a clash at Old Trafford. The teams’ last meeting

at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ produced a 6-2 win for the hosts, with SuperSport viewers no
doubt hoping for something similarly thrilling.
Saturday also sees Chelsea host Crystal Palace in a London derby, Leicester City will look
to Nigerian Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho to inspire them to a win at home to
Wolverhampton Wanderers, and the late kick-off sees Liverpool travel to Carrow Road to
face newly-promoted Norwich City.


“I am happy with it, we have to just make sure we get the right mindset for the first game
because that’s the biggest difference – it’s not a pre-season friendly any more, we have to
go with all we have,” said Reds boss Jurgen Klopp. “We only do all of these things
because we want to win football games – we want to win many football games – and win
something special.”
Sunday 15 August sees Newcastle United and West Ham United looking for a fast start to
their campaigns in an afternoon clash, before the evening brings the pick of the first

round’s matches: Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
in London.
City will be looking for a statement win as they open the defence of their Premier League
title, while Spurs have entered a new era under manager Nuno Espirito Santo – a tactician
who has gotten the better of Pep Guardiola in the past and could no more to endear
himself to the Tottenham faithful than claim an opening-weekend win over the champions.
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2021-22 Spanish top-flight league season opens on the evening of Friday 13 August with
Valencia hosting Getafe at Estadio de Mestalla. Los Che endured a tough time in 2020-21
and new manager Jose Bordalas will be under pressure to see them rise up the log this
time around.

“I only hope that Bordalas doesn’t suffer like the previous manager, Javi Gracia. It is not
the fans I’m worried about… it’s the owners,” said Valencia legend Dario Felman. “The
Valencia fans are angry with the owners because they are running the club as if it is some
sort of futbolin (‘table football’) club.”


The pick of matches on Saturday 14 August sees Real Madrid head to Estadio de
Mendizorroza to face hosts Deportivo Alaves. Los Blancos have swapped out manager
Zinedine Zidane for Carlo Ancelotti, but a lack of major acquisitions in the transfer market
– plus the loss of key defenders Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos – means the Italian
will have his back against the wall right from the start of the campaign.
Reigning La Liga champions Atletico Madrid will open the defence of their title on Sunday


15 August with a clash away to Celta Vigo. Diego Simeone’s side look well placed to win
back-to-back championships, but the Argentine tactician is taking nothing for granted.
“We will have to fight with all our souls, blood and tears – just as we did to win La Liga last
season,” said Simeone. “It is too early to speak of the championship and such issues, we
must only focus on making the best possible start to the season.”


Sunday also sees Barcelona and Sevilla – two teams with hopes of dethroning Atletico – in
action against Real Sociedad and Rayo Vallecano respectively. Barca have added Sergio
Aguero, Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia to their squad, though it is the rising star of
midfield maestro Pedri and the return of African-born Ansu Fati which should get


Blaugrana fans most excited for the new season.
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Premier League broadcast details, 13-15 August 2021
All times GMT
Friday 13 August
7pm Brentford v Arsenal – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport
Maximo 1
Saturday 14 August
11:30am Manchester United v Leeds United – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League
2pm Burnley v Brighton – LIVE on SuperSport Action
2pm Chelsea v Crystal Palace – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League
2pm Everton v Southampton – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3
2pm Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 1
2pm Watford v Aston Villa – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 2
18:30: Norwich City v Liverpool – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League
Sunday 15 August
1pm Newcastle United v West Ham United – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League
3:30pm Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League

La Liga broadcast details, 13-16 August 2021
All times GMT
Friday 13 August
7pm Valencia v Getafe – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga and SuperSport GOtv La Liga
Saturday 14 August
3pm Osasuna v Espanyol – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga and SuperSport GOtv La Liga
5:30pm Mallorca v Real Betis – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga and SuperSport GOtv La
Liga
5:30pm Cadiz v Levante – LIVE on SuperSport GOtv Select 1
5pm Alaves v Real Madrid – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga and SuperSport GOtv La
Liga
Sunday 15 August
3:30pm Celta Vigo v Atletico Madrid – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga and SuperSport
GOtv La Liga
6pm Barcelona v Real Sociedad – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga and SuperSport GOtv
La Liga
8:15pm: Sevilla v Rayo Vallecano – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga and SuperSport GOtv
La Liga
Monday 16 August
6pm Villarreal v Granada – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga and SuperSport GOtv La Liga
8pm Elche v Athletic Bilbao – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga and SuperSport GOtv La
Liga

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