Sportradar’s Premier League Stats Preview

The Premier League – one of the most popular football competitions in the world – returns on Friday night and Sportradar’s products will help power coverage for clients and organisations across the world.

Through our Stats Centre, Live Match Tracker and Social Media Visualisations as well as our Sports Journalist Assistant, we’ll have all the action covered throughout the 27th edition of the competition.

Using Sportradar data, we’ve taken a look at some of the big talking points going into matchday one as well as the stats behind some of this summer’s big transfers.

Games of the weekend

Fixtures

Arsenal v Manchester City

Sunday’s meeting between last season’s runaway Premier League winners and Unai Emery’s new-look Arsenal promises to be the clash of the weekend, when it brings down the curtain on the first round of matches.

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Arsenal have lost their last three meetings against Pep Guardiola’s City but bolstered their squad ahead of Emery’s first campaign at the helm with the likes of Lucas Torreira, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Bernd Leno.

City have made just the one addition to last season’s title-winning squad, Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez adding further attacking talent to an already fearsome forward line.

Betradar odds: Arsenal – 3.86, Draw – 3.86, Manchester City – 1.92  

Liverpool v West Ham

Hopes are high at both Anfield and the Olympic Stadium, with the former having invested heavily in a side that finished fourth last term and reached the UEFA Champions League final.

Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson has arrived from Roma in an attempt to cure a long-term goalkeeping problem while the centre of midfield has been bolstered with the signings of defensive pair Fabinho and Naby Keita.

Winger Xherdan Shaqiri also offers further options going forward as Jurgen Klopp seeks to maintain Liverpool’s strong home record against the Hammers.

This weekend’s visitors to Anfield have a new man in the dugout in the form of Premier League-winning former Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini, with Jack Wilshere, Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko the pick of the close-season additions as they seek to improve on last season’s 13th-place finish.

Betradar odds: Liverpool – 1.24, Draw – 6.59, West Ham – 12.29  

Manchester United v Leicester

Despite a respectable second-place finish last time out and some solid additions, Jose Mourinho endured a frustrating summer, regularly voicing his disappointment at their pre-season schedule and lack of transfer activity.

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However, with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba back from impressive campaigns at the FIFA World Cup – the latter playing a key role in France’s success – United will hope to run City closer this term, starting against a Leicester team who managed to keep Harry Maguire at the King Power despite interest from Mourinho.

Since finishing ninth in May, Claude Puel has added the likes of Filip Benkovic, Caglar Soyuncu and Ricardo Pereira, to his squad although the departure of Mahrez could prove a big void to fill as Leicester seek their first league win at old Trafford since 1998.

Betradar odds: Manchester United – 1.52, Draw – 4.20, Leicester City – 6.95  

Talking points

City slickers

With 106 goals scored, just two defeats and a mammoth 100-point haul – Guardiola’s Manchester City were far and away last season’s best side as they finished 19 points clear of their nearest rivals and cross-city foes Manchester United.

United’s class of 08-09 were the last team to defend a Premier League title and, with the addition of Mahrez to an already strong squad, many will fancy their chances of claiming back-to-back Premier League trophies.

Liverpool splash the cash

Liverpool are being tipped as one of the teams who could challenge Guardiola’s side for the league this season after making some big-money signings to strengthen an already impressive squad.

Alisson, Keita, Fabinho and Shaqiri will be tasked with helping the Reds sustain a title challenge as Klopp seeks to win his first trophy at Anfield. Shaqiri

New eras at Arsenal and Chelsea

It’s all change at Arsenal and Chelsea with Emery replacing Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman called time on his 22-year spell while Maurizio Sarri is in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Sarri was given an indication of the challenge that faces him when they were comprehensively beaten by City in the Community Shield while time will tell how Arsenal fare under new management.

Window of opportunity

Chelsea’s Kepa swap

After seven years at Chelsea – including a three-season loan spell at Atletico Madrid – Belgian international Thibaut Courtois swapped West London for the Bernabeu a day before the Premier League window closed. Courtois

His replacement, Kepa, arrived from Athletic Bilbao with big gloves to fill as Sarri looks to guide Chelsea back into the top four as a minimum.

Wolves and Fulham – Back in the big time

In what has been a relatively low-key summer for transfers, perhaps due to the shortening of the window and the FIFA World Cup, Premier League new boys Fulham and Wolves have done some of the smartest pieces of business.

With the help of influential agent Jorge Mendes, Nuno Santo’s Wolves can call on Portugal number one Rui Patricio and midfield schemer Joao Moutinho as well as former Barcelona prospect Adama Traore.

Like their Championship rivals last term, Fulham have also strengthened heavily – bringing last season’s loan star Aleksandar Mitrovic in permanently from Newcastle as well as former Chelsea man and Germany international Andre Schurrle and club-record signing André Franck Zambo Anguissa. Both appear primed to comfortably avoid a return to the second tier.

Silva service at Everton

Cross-city rivals Liverpool may have attracted plenty of attention for their big-name buys this summer but, under new boss Marco Silva, Everton have also done some impressive business, with former Barcelona trio Lucas Digne, Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes moving to Merseyside, the latter two as part of a busy deadline-day that also saw Brazilian winger Bernard sign from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Digne

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