Premier League - Opening Weekend Predictions
Man Utd v Leicester
As a United fan, I’m not looking forward to this game. The negativity surrounding Utd lately & Leicester quietly doing their business, I can foresee a Harry Maguire goal in the 90th min to win the game. However, Man Utd should have enough quality to beat Leicester, just.
Newcastle v Spurs
Spurs have had a terrible off season, no new signings and still with the potential of losing players. Newcastle on the other hand, are not in the best position morale wise.
Bournemouth v Cardiff
Great to see Cardiff back in the league, but Eddie Howe will have his team reving to go. Harry Arthur playing his first game back at his old stomping ground will be interesting. I like how Bournemouth play, they will have enough for Cardiff.
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Fulham have signed some excellent players, really top quality experience. I do not see them going down this season. First time since 2013 Fulham will play a home game in the EPL. Palace, with a fit Zaha, are a tough team to beat. He offers the flair & Roy Hodgson will have the team setup to keep it tight.
Huddersfield v Chelsea
This time last week, I was seriously worried. Now, with Kovacic, Jorginho & a world record fee for a new goalkeeper I am not so worried. It may take them a bit of time to get going, but Chelsea will win this comfortably!
Watford v Brighton
Watford have lost Richarlson but Troy Deeney have lost one stone in weight, he is feeling good and loving football. He is the catalyst for this Watford team. Brighton have made a number of signings too, but away to Watford is a tough one to start for Chris Hughton.
Wolves v Everton
This is one of the most exciting matches on paper for this weekend. Wolves look, on paper, a great side with good experience. Everton have splashed the cash but they have done that before and the expectations were not met with reality. With Marco Silva, they have a very good manager. Too tough to call on this one.
Liverpool v West Ham
West Ham, for me, are behind Liverpool in terms of a good transfer window. New manager, new players, new aura around the club. However, they are playing a Liverpool who have the players to really kick on. Cannot see anything other than a Liverpool win.
Southampton v Burnley
The saints will struggle to stay in the Premier League this season, a friend of mine thinks Mark Hughes will be the first manager to be sacked this season. Sean Dyche is incredible, he’s got a very experienced goalkeeper in Joe Hart & a good left back in Ben Gibson.
Arsenal v Man City
Can this be Arsenal’s year? Unai Emery has had a great pre-season, in that he’s had the majority of his stars for most of season. I like the look of this Arsenal team and if they can beat Man City, that will give them a massive push. Do not under-estimate how good this City team are, but this is a good time to play them. When they are not in full stride and still missing some of their star men, such as De Bruyne.