While Manchester City are most people’s favourites to lift the Premier League title again this season, a number of mouth-watering fixtures over the next month should give us an idea of the champions’ closest rivals.
A number of high-profile games will be shown on Sky Sports, with Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool playing each other and another top-four hopeful each.
Spurs may not have signed anyone over the course of the summer but Mauricio Pochettino is hoping consistency and familiarity will have a positive impact in the race for silverware.
Liverpool meanwhile have splurged on top-notch players in key positions, with the Reds impressing in the early weeks of the new campaign.
Here are three games to look out for.
Manchester United vs Tottenham – August 27
With Manchester United wobbling after a meek defeat at Brighton and Jose Mourinho’s authority at the club being called into question, Spurs have an excellent opportunity to capitalise on Monday night.
The Red Devils look devoid of inspiration or attacking menace, with the side’s main players not hitting their straps early in 2018-19.
Tottenham meanwhile have recorded two consecutive victories despite not being at their best, but will go to Old Trafford confident of winning all three points in front of the Sky Sports viewers.
If this does happen, it would show that Spurs are capable of putting forward a silverware push – and that United and Mourinho may have to part ways for the Red Devils to flourish.
Tottenham vs Liverpool – September 15
A clash of two of the Premier League’s most exciting teams to watch, this fixture promises to be an attacking and free-flowing affair.
With Tottenham’s new stadium not ready as yet, the game will be played at Wembley; Spurs will be keen for a repeat of last season’s encounter at the national stadium, where they beat Liverpool 4-1.
Both teams are blessed with attacking talent, but it may well be the midfield clashes that dictate the eventual winner here.
Naby Keita has looked ominous in a Liverpool shirt this season and with an able supporting cast, Tottenham will need to be at their best to shackle the visiting engine room proponents.
Chelsea vs Liverpool – September 29
Whether Chelsea will be in with a chance of putting forward a realistic title challenge will depend on how quickly they embrace Maurizio Sarri’s brand of expansive football.
There have been early season signs that the Blues can be a dangerous proposition under the Italian and some of the side’s attacking play has been sumptuous to watch.
However, Chelsea’s centre-half pairing of David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger has looks susceptible and Liverpool will look to take advantage next month.
This clash on Sky Sports will be another cracker, as Sarri’s men look to show they can compete with England’s best.
Should Chelsea still be unbeaten when Liverpool visit, it could make for a fascinating encounter.