5 things to expect from Premier League opening day from debuts to VAR drama

The Premier League returns today, kicking off with Arsenal 's trip to newly promoted Fulham as the early game.

The season will, at least initially, take place behind closed doors because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic meaning that every top flight game will be televised.

We saw a lot of changes last season, with the reintroduction of VAR at the start of the season and the new regulations brought in for 'Project Restart'.

Now, with a new campaign on the horizon, Daily Star Sport has picked out five things to keep an eye out for on the opening day of the season.

New signings

Of the sides in action on the opening day, we could see a total of 19 signings feature for their new clubs plus five players who made loan moves permanent.

The likes of Antonee Robinson, Kenny Tete, Mario Lemina, Alphonse Areola and Ola Aina could all star for Fulham, while Arsenal may call on Willian, William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes.

Michy Batshuayi has returned to Crystal Palace on loan and is joined by talented youngsters Nathan Ferguson and Eberechi Eze at Selhurst Park.

Mohammed Salisu and Kostas Tsimikas could be on show for Southampton and Liverpool respectively while big name signings Rodrigo and Robin Koch may feature for Leeds.

Newcastle could have up to four new faces on show when they take on West Ham, after signing Jeff Hendrick, Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson and Jamal Lewis.

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The fight from the Championship

Two of the three sides promoted from the Championship last season are in action and both Leeds and Fulham will be looking to make a statement against big name opposition.

Fulham will be wanting to get off to a good start to avoid a repeat of their last showing in the Premier League, while Leeds have a particularly stiff test in their first top flight game in 16 years when they face reigning champions Liverpool.

Arteta's revolution

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is set for his first full season in charge of the club and, after making significant additions in the transfer market so far, Arsenal fans are keen to see the Spaniard put his stamp on the team.

There were promising signs towards the end of last season and Arteta will be desperate to build on those this season.

More VAR drama and fake crowd noise

VAR drama was a feature throughout last season and, despite changes to the handball and VAR rules, the controversy is expected to continue this campaign, with marginal offside calls and penalty decisions likely to cause the most ire among fans.

The lack of supporters inside grounds meant the introduction of fake crowd noise by broadcasters and it divided fans, with some happy that attempts had been made to bring back some atmosphere while others enjoyed hearing what the players and managers were saying.

The return of three subs

During 'Project Restart', teams were allowed larger match day squads and five substitutes during games to combat player fatigue as a result of the large amount of games which were being played in such a short space of time.

A ruling was made which would allow leagues to continue with this system but the Premier League put it to a vote and it was determined that three substitute rule would return.

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