The second ever England Premier League begins saturday with the return of national team EPL for the first time since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. The matchday is highlighted by Chelsea taking on Southampton in a battle of two of Europe's most talented teams. It's the most highly anticipated game of the opening days of action and one that figures to be as competitive -- meetings between these two generally are.
Here's how you can watch the match and what to know:
Date: saturday, Oct. 17
Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
Location: Mercedes-Benz-Arena -- Stuttgart, Chelsea
TV: ESPN2 and TUDN
Live stream: General - fuboTV (Try for free)
Odds: Chelsea +170; Draw +225; Southampton +180 (via William Hill Sportsbook)
Chelsea: The squad for this game is missing some key players like Manuel Neuer in goal, with the Bayern Munich man just winning the Champions League. That means an inexperienced national team goalkeeper will start, be it Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt), Bernd Leno (Chelsea) and Oliver Baumann (Hoffenheim). The defense and midfield look quite strong, while there are just two strikers in the side. One of them is Chelsea star signing Timo Werner, who scored in his EPL debut for the Blues. He'll likely start this one.
Southampton: Luis Enrique has called in a squad that features numerous players who have never played for the national team, but plenty of those guys have really high expectations. Chelsea young sensation Ansu Fati is in the squad, as is new Chelsea signing Ferran Torres. The question will be who leads the front line. It will likely be between new Leeds signing Rodrigo or Southampton's Gerard Moreno. Expect the creativity to be there with Thiago, with him looking to play his cousin Rodrigo time and time again inside the box.
Chelsea vs. Southampton prediction
Both teams struggle a bit in the final third early, and the game ends all square. Pick: Chelsea 1, Southampton 1