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How every Premier League team looked in 2014 compared to now – Chelsea and Manchester United fans look away

This weekend marked the return of the Premier League after a summer-long hiatus.

But for some sides, their absence from the top flight has been a far more drawn out process.

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Norwich City and Aston Villa went down in 2016, so defeats to Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur respectively were less than ideal opening fixtures.

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side look nothing like the team Jose Mourinho assembled in 2014
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But for Sheffield United, it has been 12 long years without a Premier League football bring kicked at Bramall Lane.

The Blades were relegated in 2007 and it has been a long process to get back to this point.

Stints in League One only served to make Billy Sharp’s equalising strike against Bournemouth on Saturday even sweeter.

In fact, United started the 2014/15 season with a 2-1 home defeat to Bristol City in the third tier of English football – testament to how far Chris Wilder and his squad of players have come since then.

But here at talkSPORT.com it got us thinking about how every single Premier League club looked five years ago in comparison to now.

Billy Sharp’s late equaliser was worth the 12-year wait
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To give you a bit of context, England has just been dumped out of the World Cup in Brazil, Cesc Fabregas was back in the Premier League with Chelsea and Alexis Sanchez had arrived on these shores after completing a move from Barcelona to Arsenal.

Scroll down to see a comparison of all 20 teams in the Premier League from 2014 to 2019 and the drastic changes each side has undertaken.

AFC Bournemouth

Huddersfield (A) – 9/8/14 v Sheffield United (H) – 10/8/19

Bournemouth are now an established Premier League side
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Arsenal

Crystal Palace (H) – 16/8/14 v Newcastle United (A) – 11/8/19

The Gunners may be lacking the star quality from five years ago
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Aston Villa

Stoke City (A) – 16/8/14 v Tottenham Hotspur (A) – 10/8/19

Dean Smith has brought in 12 new players this summer to Villa Park
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Brighton and Hove Albion

Sheffield Wednesday (H) – 9/8/14 v Watford (A) – 10/8/19

The Seagulls were in the Championship five years ago
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Burnley

Chelsea (H) – 18/8/14 v Southampton (H) – 10/8/19

Sean Dyche has done a terrific job at Turf Moor
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Chelsea

Burnley (A) – 18/8/14 v Manchester United (A) – 11/8/19

The difference in the Chelsea side from 2014 compared to now is frightening
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Crystal Palace

Arsenal (A) – 16/8/14 v Everton (H) 10/8/19

Palace have invested heavily into their squad since gaining promotion in 2013 but have a very similar defence
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Everton

Leicester City (A) – 16/8/14 v Crystal Palace – 10/8/19

The Toffees are a markedly different from the side that played under Roberto Martinez
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Leicester City

Everton (H) – 16/8/14 v Wolves (H) – 11/8/19

The Foxes are a complete different animal to the team Nigel Pearson put out in 2014
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Liverpool

Southampton (H) – 17/8/14 v Norwich City (H) – 9/8/19

Jurgen Klopp has literally transformed the Reds from a mediocre side to European champions
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Manchester City

Newcastle United (A) – 17/8/14 v West Ham United (A) – 10/8/19

The biggest change at Manchester City is the influence of Pep Guardiola
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Manchester United

Swansea City (H) – 16/8/14 v Chelsea (H) – 11/8/19

Louis van Gaal was extremely experimental during his time at Old Trafford
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Newcastle United

Manchester City (H) – 17/8/14 v Arsenal (H) – 11/8/19

Steve Bruce has splashed the cash at St James’ Park this summer
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Norwich City

Wolves (A) – 10/9/14 v Liverpool (A) – 9/8/19

The Canaries are back in the big time
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Sheffield United

Bristol City (H) – 9/8/14 v Bournemouth (A) – 10/8/19

The Blades have come a long way since their days in League One
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Southampton

Liverpool (A) – 17/8/14 v Burnley (A) – 10/8/19

Ralph Hasenhuttl must wish he had the talent afforded to Ronald Koeman back in 2014
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Tottenham Hotspur

West Ham United (A) – 16/8/14 v Aston Villa (H) – 10/8/19

All credit must go to Mauricio Pochettino for completely revamping Tottenham
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Watford

Bolton Wanderers (H) – 9/8/14 v Brighton and Hove Albion (H) – 10/8/19

The Hornets enjoyed a fruitful 2014/15 with Deeney and Ighalo up front
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West Ham United

Tottenham Hotspur (H) – 16/8/14 v Manchester City (H) – 10/8/19

The Hammers have traditionally had tough opening day opponents
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Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Norwich City (H) – 10/9/14 v Leicester City (A) – 11/8/19

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The investment from wealthy owners and the influence of Jorge Mendes have greatly benefited Wolves
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