Crystal Palace vs Arsenal
Odds: Crystal Palace – 16/5 Draw – 13/5 Arsenal – 17/20
This will likely be a cagey affair to start the Premier League season with Palace being a side that relies on defensive solidity and Arsenal may also take less risks since they’re away from home. This game finished 3-0 last season to Palace but a lot of that was down to a woeful performance from Tavares for Arsenal who won’t be playing this time and with Gallagher no longer at the club, Palace may struggle to score here. The signings Arsenal have made will give them the extra bit of quality to win a game like this.
Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal
Arsenal and under 2.5 goals at 3/1 looks a good bet
Fulham vs Liverpool
Odds: Fulham – 10/1 Draw – 5/1 Liverpool – 1/4
My concern for Fulham this season is that they may not score enough goals and with Liverpool boasting a full strength defence, I struggle to see them getting anything out of this game. They may be disciplined enough though to keep the score respectable for most of the game but I can see Liverpool scoring a couple of goals late on to put the gloss on an opening day win.
Fulham 0-3 Liverpool
Bournemouth vs Aston Villa
Odds: Bournemouth – 11/4 Draw – 5/2 Aston Villa – 1/1
This should be a good litmus test for how competitive Bournemouth can be this season. Unfortunately for them I don’t think they pass it, they have a couple of injuries in midfield and the defence doesn’t look good enough at the moment. They should be able to create chances against a Villa side that don’t always convince at the back but I imagine they’ll still get blown away by a Premier League quality side. Villa need to have more end product this season given the quality they have going forward and this may be a good chance to build some early momentum for them.
Bournemouth 1-3 Aston Villa
Ollie Watkins to score and Aston Villa to win at 10/3 is a good bet.
Leeds vs Wolves
Odds: Leeds – 5/4 Draw – 12/5 Wolves – 11/5
This will be another cagey game, Leeds have strengthened in midfield but more in the holding aspect of things than the attacking aspect of things. I am also concerned about how fit Bamford is as well, but Wolves also lack much of a threat going forward so I can see this being a low scoring draw between 2 sides that will finish in a similar position this season.
Leeds 1-1 Wolves
Newcastle United vs Nottingham Forest
Odds: Newcastle – 4/6 Draw – 14/5 Forest – 17/4
I like Newcastle to win this one, Forest will take some time to gel and I’m not sure how good some of their signings are anyway for the Premier League. Bundesliga players have struggled to find their feet initially in the Premier League over the last couple of seasons and while I expect Henderson to be a smart pickup, they still may struggle early on this season. Newcastle meanwhile will be back to full strength and given how well they performed at the back end of last season with a few key injuries, they have a lot to be excited about this season and they can have an opening day win here.
Newcastle 2-0 Forest
Tottenham Hotspur vs Southampton
Odds: Spurs – 1/3 Draw – 17/4 Southampton – 15/2
I don’t expect Spurs to be at their very best here but they will do enough to win. Bissouma is their number 1 signing for me this summer and him being injured may hurt things a bit in midfield. That being said, Southampton don’t offer much going forward in my eyes and I’d imagine Spurs can keep a clean sheet here. I can see a comfortable 2-0 win for Spurs to get things going for this season.
Spurs 2-0 Southampton
Everton vs Chelsea
Odds: Everton – 9/2 Draw – 3/1 Chelsea – 3/5
Chelsea have had a rough preseason in terms of results and it’ll be interesting to see if some of their very recent signings will be fit to start here. Because of that, I can see Everton getting a result here, they may be missing a focal point in attack but they will have a lot of pace about them against some older defenders and I’m not convinced about how many goals Chelsea will score this season, Sterling will help but doesn’t fully solve their attacking problem and I’m going for this game to be a draw.
Everton 1-1 Chelsea
Leicester vs Brentford
Odds: Leicester – 1/1 Draw – 11/4 Brentford – 5/2
These are 2 teams that aren’t massively different from last season barring the loss of Eriksen from Brentford so the fixture they played in March may be a decent form guide for this game. On that occasion it was 2-1 to Leicester which was a fair result and they had Vardy missing at the time so I fancy Leicester to win again here though I also expect there to be plenty of goals given neither team is fully convincing at the back.
Leicester 3-2 Brentford
Manchester United vs Brighton
Odds: Man United – 3/5 Draw – 16/5 Brighton – 17/4
This is a tough game to predict, United have fallen back into a similar starting 11 that they had at the end of last season and Brighton did manage to beat them 4-0 back then. But I don’t think either team is in great form right now and though United may be a better side on paper, I wouldn’t be surprised if Brighton could hold them to a draw here in a game that will not be the highest quality.
Man United 1-1 Brighton
West Ham vs Man City
Odds: West Ham – 7/1 Draw – 4/1 Man City – 4/11
West Ham are a team that I expect to have a good season, but they may get exposed defensively in games like this until Aguerd arrives. Man City can be slow starters in the Premier League but I imagine West Ham will need a couple of goals to stay in this one and while I can see them posing a threat and scoring, City will have too much quality and depth off the bench for them and will take the 3 points.
West Ham 1-3 Man City
Man City to win and BTTS at 2/1 looks a good bet