A Look Ahead to the Premier League Opening Weekend

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It’s hard to believe that the opening weekend of the Premier League is just four weeks away. It seems that there is very little time for players to recover post World Cup, not to mention the fact that there will inevitably be a big push to sign players over the next few weeks.

Manchester United and Leicester will have the honour of opening proceedings, with some Friday Night Football on 10th August. A brief preview of each of the 10 games is provided below, with an added prediction and the latest odds provided by 888sport.

Manchester United Vs Leicester City

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This could be a trickier-than-it looks tie for Jose Mourinho’s men. United, priced at 6/17 for the win, will face a Leicester side (15/2) with Top 6 ambitions. United’s quality should shine through, but don’t expect a walkover.

Prediction: Manchester United

Newcastle United Vs Tottenham Hotspur

A lunchtime tie with the potential to be a cracker. Spurs will be fancied at 4/5, but don’t forget that at the time of writing the nucleus of Spurs’ side is still playing in Russia. Rafa Benitez will smell a point here and could well get it.

Prediction: Draw

Bournemouth Vs Cardiff

Two sides that will hope to get off to a good start, lest they become embroiled in a relegation battle all season. Bournemouth are favoured at evens to win, but promoted teams have a habit of starting better than expected. Incidentally, some fancy Bournemouth for the drop this year and they come in at a hefty 5/1 with 888sport betting.

Prediction: Cardiff

Fulham Vs Crystal Palace

A tough match to call, featuring two clubs with a good feel about them at the moment. It’ll be interesting to see if Ryan Sessegnon and Wilfred Zaha are on the pitch on the day, with both men key to each club’s ambitions. Roy Hodgson could engineer a draw (29/17) in this one.

Prediction: Draw

Huddersfield Vs Chelsea

Rumours abound that Roman Abramovich’s patronage at Chelsea is coming to end, prompting many to predict that Chelsea will struggle this season. Although the 1/2 odds look about right for The Blues to get the job done here.

Prediction: Chelsea

Watford vs Brighton

Another tough match to call, with both clubs looking to stabilise their presence in the Premier League. Only a point separated these two sides last season and another close match looks likely, with the draw (28/13) looking a likely outcome.

Prediction: Draw

Wolves Vs Everton

Wolves are hotly tipped to do well this season, which forms part of the reason they are just 7/5 to win against Everton. The Toffees will have to do some big business in the transfer market for those odds to change.

Prediction: Wolves

Liverpool Vs West Ham



A tough start for Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham career coming against the 5/1 second-favourites for the title. Liverpool, at odds of 3/10, will win this, but expect Pellegrini to show his true worth at West Ham across the course of the season.

Prediction: Liverpool

Southampton Vs Burnley

With all due respect to both clubs, this doesn’t feel like it will be a classic. Anyone backing Southampton at odds-on here is foolish, though. Sean Dyche can do what he does best here – frustrate and get a point (12/5)

Prediction Draw

Arsenal Vs Manchester City

The biggest game of the weekend sees the champions take on a new look Arsenal. City are offered at 11/13, but Unai Emery will surely get something out of the Gunners at Emirates. 14/5 for the draw looks tasty.

Prediction: Draw
 
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