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Saturday 8th August
Manchester United vs Tottenham 1pm BST
Whilst neither side has particularly strengthened themselves, it’s Manchester United who have added more quality than their opponents; it could show with three debuts from Matteo Darmian, Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay. Bastian Schweinsteiger may have to make his debut from the bench as he is unlikely to be fit enough to start. Marouane Fellaini will serve the first of his three-match ban from his red card in last seasons final game.
Tottenham meanwhile are likely to hand a debut to Toby Alderweireld at CB partnering his Belgian teammate Jan Vertonghen. Other than that, it’s much the same for the North London side in respect to their XI. The only doubt is whether or no Hugo Lloris will play after coming back from his wrist injury during the Summer. He featured against AC Milan though, so should be included.
Wayne Rooney has scored the most goals in this fixture (9) and he will be hoping to take the tally to 10 come Saturday. As well as scoring the most goals on the opening weekends of the Premier League.
A Tottenham win would mean the club have won their opening games of the season for three consecutive Premier League seasons, the first time they’ve ever achieved the feat.
Manchester United 2-1 @ 12/1
Everton vs Watford 3pm BST
After such a struggle of a season last term, it’s strange to see Everton not being busy in the transfer window so far. Watford on the other hand, having been promoted last season, have been very busy; with them as we speak close to agreeing a deal for ex-West Ham forward, Italy capped, firecracker, Alesandro Diamanti.
It’s hard to see Watford hitting the ground running here against a team who have played together, and with their manager, for some time. Watford are the extreme-opposite with a new manager, and almost able to make an XI out of new signings, they will need time. Time, is one thing the Premier League rarely affords teams though. It will be good to see if Troy Deeney can translate his goal-scoring into the Premier League.
Everton have won the last 9 meetings between the two sides.
The last time Watford were in the Premier League they faced Everton on the opening day, and, lost.
Watford were not involved in a single nil-nil draw last year.
Troy Deeney to score anytime @ 5/2
Leicester City vs Sunderland 3pm BST
Leicester’s new man in charge, Claudio Ranieri, will hope to start the season as his predecessor finished the last campaign. Sunderland’s Dick Advocaat will hope the club are nowhere near the lows they were last season.
Both clubs could hand out a handful of debuts to new signings. Leicester could see Christian Fuchs, N’golo Kante and Shinji Okazaki. Sunderland could hand debuts to Jermain Lens, Seb Coates, Youness Kaboul and Adam Matthews, whilst the game is too early for Yann M’Vila to play a part in.
Leicester have won 5 of their last 6 Home games in the Premier League.
Sunderland have lost 10 of their last 11 Away games in the Premier League.
Both of the two previous campaigns fixtures finished 0-0
Sunderland @ 3/1
Bournemouth vs Aston Villa 3pm BST
The loveable Eddie Howe and his Bournemouth side host an-evolving Villa under Tim Sherwood.
Bournemouth have made a few additions to their squad, but, it seems as though it could only be debuts for Max Gradel and Lee Tomlin due to injuries and a solid partnership at CB formed already for the Cherries. Villa are likely to hand out three debuts of their own; Micah Richards, Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Ayew. It remains to be seen how Villa will cope with their two big departures this Summer, so their fans will hope for an instant showing of positivity.
Villa beat Bournemouth in the FA Cup 2-1 last season.
Both teams will be hoping for a third successive opening day win.
Draw @ 19/8
Norwich vs Crystal Palace 3pm BST
Norwich come into this with an almost identical squad to the one promoted, Crystal Palace meanwhile have recruited heavily, and, impressively.
Norwich will be without Youssouf Mulumbu who fractured his metatarsal in their final pre-season game, which leaves only Andre Wisdom and Robbie Brady to make their debuts. Crystal Palace on the other hand could hand debuts to Alex McCarthy, Yohan Cabaye, Bakary Sako and Conor Wickham, or, Patrick Bamford up top.
Norwich have failed to win 6 of their last 7 Premier League games, scoring only in one of them.
Crystal Palace have only lost 2 of their last 7 trips to Carrow Road. The most recent League encounter ended 1-1 in 2014.
Crystal Palace 1-2 @ 10/1
Chelsea vs Swansea 5.30pm BST
The Champions first Premier League game will be against the welsh side which they are unbeaten against in 10 games.
The only debut that could possibly be given for Chelsea is that of Radamel Falcao who could come in in place of he injured Diego Costa. Swansea meanwhile are likely to hand a debut to Andre Ayew, whilst it is unknown whether new signings Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Franck Tabanou and Eder will start or make their appearances off of the bench.
In 23 Premier League season the defending Champions have never gone on to lose their opening game.
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 20 Home games.
Swansea come into this after an unbeaten pre-season campaign
Chelsea 2-0 @ 11/2
Sunday 9th August
Arsenal vs West Ham 1.30pm BST
The opening weekend brings with it the first London derby of the season; North vs East, as these two face off against each other for new manager, Slaven Bilic’s first derby at West Ham.
Arsenal will undoubtedly hand a debut to Petr Cech, with the ‘keeper having won his last three games and three trophies in succession with Arsenal. West Ham meanwhile are likely to give debuts to Dimitri Payet and Angelo Ogbonna.
West Ham have failed to win in their last 12 Away Premier League games, failing to score in their last 4.
Arsenal are undefeated in 35 of their last 37 Home games in the Premier League.
Arsenal 2-0 @ 11/2
Newcastle vs Southampton 1.30pm BST
Steve McClaren will take charge of his first Premier League game for the Tyneside club, whilst it is unknown whether or not Ronald Koeman will be patrolling the technical area or his brother, as with their Europa League tie.
Newcastle have bought well this Summer, but, their squad still looks weak in areas. They’re likely to hand debuts to Alexsandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba and Georginio Wijnaldum. Southampton meanwhile have added some shrewd transfers, and could hand debuts to; Cedric Soares, Jordy Clasie, Steven Caulker and Maarten Stekelenburg.
Southampton have lost their last five Away Premier League games, with them conceding at least 2 goals in 4 of them.
Southampton @ 8/5
Stoke vs Liverpool 4pm BST
Brendan Rodgers will be under fire following their last campaign, and, Mark Hughes will be hoping his Stoke side can inflict the same level of pain as they did on Liverpool last season.
Stoke could hand a debut to Glen Johnson against his former club, as well as to former Real Madrid striker Joselu. Liverpool are likely to give debuts to Christian Benteke, James Milner, Nathaniel Clyne and Joe Gomez.
Liverpool have failed to win their last five Premier League Away games.
Liverpool have lost 4 of their last 6 visits to the Britannia Stadium, conceding 16 goals.
Joselu anytime @ 11/4
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West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City 8pm BST
West Brom will be hoping for better than survival, Man City will only be hoping to win the title back.
West Brom could hand debuts to three new faces in Rickie Lambert, James Chester and James McClean. Man City will only have Raheem sterling ad their debutant whilst sweating over the fitness of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Samir Nasri.
Man City have won their last 6 Premier League games.
West Brom have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 Home Premier League games.
Manchester City 2-0 @ 15/2