Enzo Maresca to reunite with Guardiola as Chelsea face City in opening weekend

The 2024–2025 Premier League season looks to get off to an exciting start as champion Manchester City plays Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, where Pep Guardiola's former student Enzo Maresca is now the Chelsea coach.

This match, which is slated for Sunday, August 18, features an intriguing reunion between Chelsea's new head coach, Enzo Maresca, and his previous coach, Pep Guardiola.

Maresca, who was Guardiola's assistant at Manchester City, will now have to lead Chelsea against the most powerful team in English football.

A Chelsea team hoping to find their best play under new management will take on Manchester City, who are going for an incredible seventh straight league title.

Enzo Maresca

Meanwhile, newly promoted Ipswich Town mark their return to the Premier League after a 22-year hiatus with a challenging home fixture against Liverpool on Saturday, 17 August. Ipswich’s re-entry into top-flight football adds an exciting narrative to the season’s start.

The Premier League curtain-raiser sees Manchester United hosting Fulham at Old Trafford on Friday, 16 August. United will look to make a strong statement as they embark on a campaign full of expectations and renewed ambitions.

Here’s a look at all the fixtures for the opening weekend of the 2024/25 Premier League season (all times BST):

Friday, 16 August:

Manchester United v Fulham (20:00)

Saturday, 17 August:

Ipswich Town v Liverpool (12:30)
Arsenal v Wolverhampton (15:00)
Everton v Brighton (15:00)
Newcastle United v Southampton (15:00)
Nottingham Forest v Bournemouth (15:00)
West Ham United v Aston Villa (17:30)

Sunday, 18 August:

Brentford v Crystal Palace (14:00)
Chelsea v Manchester City (16:30)

Monday, 19 August:

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur (20:00)

The opening weekend is set to deliver thrilling matchups, compelling storylines, and a glimpse of what promises to be another unforgettable Premier League season.

Randy Osei Akoto

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