United & Swansea Begin Premier League Season

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Manchester United and Swansea have the honour of kicking-off the new Barclays Premier League season. New Man United boss Louis van Gaal is set to unveil a new-look United side as he looks to revive the club’s fortunes. Wayne Rooney will lead an attack after being named the United captain for the season, but the likes of Robin van Persie, Luke Shaw and Michael Carrick are all out through injury. van Gaal was asked what his main goal for the new season is [audio_player src=”http://media.radiokerry.ie/mediamanager/embed/audio/26879/medium/”] In the mid-afternoon games today in the Premier League, Everton will have to cope without the services of the injured Ross Barkley as they travel to face newly-promoted Leicester. Barkley could be facing up to two months out of action after he damaged his knee in training. Elsewhere, QPR host Hull City, Aston Villa go to Stoke, West Brom are at home to Sunderland at the Hawthorns and West Ham clash with Tottenham in a London derby. Those games will all kick-off at 3. The late game today will see one of this year’s title contenders, Arsenal begin their campaign at home to managerless Crystal Palace at the Emirates. The action gets underway in north London at half-past five. The opening game of the day is in the Sky Bet Championship. Leeds United will play host to Middlesbrough in a 12:15 start at Elland Road. Among the 3 o’clock starts today, Irish international Conor Sammon has gone straight into the Ipswich squad for their trip to Reading while Anthony Pilkington could make his debut for Cardiff City against Huddersfield. In the Scottish Premiership, Celtic are involved in the early game of the day. The Hoops will play host to Dundee United as the return to Parkhead for a 12:45 kick-off. Manager Ronny Deila has been scouting today’s opponents [audio_player src=”http://media.radiokerry.ie/mediamanager/embed/audio/26880/medium/”] The rest of today’s SPL matches will start at 3 o’clock. Dundee are at home to Partick Thistle, St Johnstone visit Hamilton while Motherwell entertain Inverness and Ross County take-on Kilmarnock. Celtic’s place in the Champions League play-off round is still far from certain. The Hoops are set to play for a place in the group stages on Wednesday after taking the place of their previous opponents, Legia Warsaw, who were punished for fielding an ineligible player. The Polish champions have lodged an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport which will be heard on Monday.