Hull City v Leicester – Confirmed starting XIs

It is back! The first game of the new Premier League season is upon us, and the first action for us to get our teeth into is Hull City v Leicester City, the new boys against the champions, and it could be an interesting one.

Managerless Hull go into the season under the guise of caretaker manager, Mike Phelan, and are quite possibly the most under-prepared side to ever go into a Premier League season.

In the build up to the game Steve Bruce’s former assistant admitted that his squad was woefully thin, with just 13 fit first team players to pick from, and just the one recognised centre back, Curtis Davies, who will be partnered by midfielder Jake Livermore at the back.

You can’t help but feel sorry for Mr. Phelan, but here is the XI he has cobbled together for the Tigers’ return to the top flight:

On the other hand, the champions could not me more prepared for their title defence. Their only absentee going into the opening weekend is Robert Huth, who completes a three game ban carried over from the end of last season.

The Foxes may have lost N’Golo Kante but have added well in pre-season, with new signing Ahmed Musa making his Premier League debut this afternoon.

It is a huge season for Ranieri and his side, and this is the line up to begin their title defence: