The Premier League season is so close now you can smell it in the air.
Freshly cut turf, burger vans, precisely poured beers – especially at Tottenham – and tempting pies.
It’s just days away and managers will be frantically planning their tactics and piecing together their first XI of the new campaign.
But just what will these selections look like, as it stands, with clubs also still ready to dip into the transfer market.
So, here at talkSPORT.com, we’ve taken a good look at the possibilities and names the teams we think managers will pick.
*All correct as of 9am on Wednesday, August 7
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Arsenal (vs Newcastle)
The Gunners may be unable to start Alexandre Lacazette, Hector Bellerin, Dani Ceballos, and Alexi Iwobi against Newcastle United due to injury.
This means Arsenal could be severely depleted, with Nicolas Pepe possibly only able to manage a spot on the bench after his recent transfer and summer exertions with Ivory Coast.
Aston Villa (vs Tottenham) – live on talkSPORT
The Villans could probably name a whole XI of signings after their business this summer but, let’s face it, they would miss Jack Grealish.
We’d suggest a strong midfield core plus a sprinkling of signings around the team, while Wesley Moraes should add goals.
Bournemouth (vs Sheffield United)
Several positions are up in the air for Eddie Howe which will either help or hinder the Cherries.
Any one of four goalkeepers could potentials start the campaign between the sticks with Aaron Ramsdale and Mark Travers challenging Artur Boruc and Asmir Begovic.
The full-backs too, could see changes with Adam Smith battling Jack Stacey and Diego Rico holding off the returning Charlie Daniels, for now.
Further forward, it’s mainly the Bournemouth of old, minus the injured David Brooks.
New signing Philip Billing may also get a chance but maybe not just yet.
Brighton and Hove Albion (vs Watford)
Graham Potter is so tactically astute we’re not really sure if he’ll go with a back-three or a back-four initially.
Trossard has had a decent pre-season so should start out of their new signings.
Burnley (vs Southampton)
Not much change for the Clarets this season but Jay Rodriguez has impressed, along with Chris Wood.
The rest of the side should stay the same, we imagine.
Chelsea (vs Manchester United)
Frank Lampard has some big calls to make ahead of the match with the Red Devils.
Does he start Mason Mount or Ross Barkley? Who is his striker? Should Christian Pulisic come in? And who should play alongside David Luiz?
Get it wrong and he could be on a hiding to nothing.
Crystal Palace (vs Everton) – live on talkSPORT 2
Looking very light at the most, it seems the Eagles are in for a season of struggle.
There is very little competition for places, let alone mid-table quality in there.
Everton (vs Crystal Palace) – live on talkSPORT 2
An injury to Fabian Delph has hit Marco Silva with an early season stiff-arm. It’s perhaps a weekend too early to see Jean-Philippe Gbamin start so we should see Morgan Schneiderlin deputise.
Moise Kean too may not be up to starting role but soon he could be.
Leicester City (vs Wolves)
With Ayoze Perez already looking promising as a Foxes player, Brendan Rodgers might have to rein in his team at points.
It’s currently looking like a very attacking team on paper but Hamza Choudhury could add balance to the midfielder if needed.
Liverpool (vs Norwich City)
With no major signings it will be very much more of the same for Jurgen Klopp, his major decisions seem to surround whether he will start the recently returned Sadio Mane or Divock Origi.
He may also be considering Joe Gomez ahead of Joel Matip and Georginio Wijnaldum ahead of Naby Keita.
Manchester City (vs West Ham) – live on talkSPORT
Like with Liverpool, the Community Shield gave us a good idea of what City are thinking of this season.
Fernandinho’s late return to pre-season means Rodri is a shoo-in, while Sergio Aguero should start, but if not we could see Gabriel Jesus.
Manchester United (vs Chelsea)
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could move away from wingers this season and opt for a narrow attacking line-up.
Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford could start up top with Juan Mata or Jesse Lingard behind them.
New signing Harry Maguire could also start bearing in mind he’s had almost a full pre-season with Leicester City.
Newcastle United (vs Arsenal)
Steve Bruce seems set to continue with a back-three this season as it’s a formation he’s also used in the Premier League before.
Miguel Almiron and Joelinton form an exciting attack, while Jonjo Shelvey might be handed a reprieve by his new manager.
Norwich City (vs Liverpool)
We don’t expect many changes from the Canaries under Daniel Farke but they may be forced to play Grant Hanley at centre-back if Timm Klose isn’t fit.
We are also likely to see Ralf Fahrmann in action ahead of last season’s shot-stopper Tim Krul.
Sheffield United (vs Bournemouth)
Similarly to Norwich, we don’t anticipate many changes to the Blades’ first XI this season.
Oli McBurnie seems set play alongside Billy Sharp, while Luke Freeman could get a nod too.
Southampton (vs Burnley)
Ralph Hasenhuttl hasn’t gone too wild in the transfer market but two of his signings – and Danny Ings who finalised a permanent switch – should start.
Che Adams and Moussa Djenepo could do some real damage if opponents aren’t careful.
Tottenham Hotspur (vs Aston Villa) – live on talkSPORT
Spurs have problems at right-back so youngster Kyle Walker-Peters is set to start, meanwhile Dele Alli misses out through injury.
We could even see Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura supporting Harry Kane as Christian Eriksen’s future remains up in the air.
New signing Tanguy Ndombele will start.
Watford (vs Brighton)
Javi Gracia is another man unlikely to make many changes, mainly because he’s only signed one player.
Craig Dawson should come in to make shore up their backline.
West Ham United (vs Manchester City)
We do, though, fear Mark Noble’s time in the first XI is approaching an end.
Wolverhampton Wanderers (vs Leicester City)
An injury to Matt Doherty means we could see Adama Traore at right wing-back at the weekend, while Jesus Vallejo may start too.
Patrick Cutrone might need time to bed in before he starts for Wolves.
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