Manchester United vs Leicester city
Manchester United did gave a timid attempt to lure Leicester’s center back Harry Maguire to Old Trafford in the summer transfer window. Now, they are about to face Jose Mourinho’s men. It’s the league’s opener and I expect a cagey affair. Manchester to come back from a slow start to win 2-1.
Newcastle vs Tottenham
Tottenham is officially the first team not to make a single signing in the summer transfer window since 2003. This is understandable due to the just concluded upgrade of White Hart Lane and securing key members of the team on new deals. It’s quite interesting to see how Newcastle’s manager Rafa Benitez sets up his team for this clash with news of squad unrest due to unpaid bonuses and inability to secure key targets during the transfer window. We all know about Harry Kane’s goalscoring record in August but I expect Spurs to leave with at least a point. 1-1
AFC Bournemouth vs Cardiff
Cardiff are backed by pundits to rock the bottom of the table and head back to the Championship due to the quality of players on their rank. Bournemouth are on course for another season in the Premier League and are also known for their slow start to the season, but I expect them to win this match. 2-0
Fulham vs Crystal Palace
New boys Fulham shelved up £105m worth of new signings and they’ve adequately improved their squad to cope in the Premier League, let’s see how they get to quickly gel together. Crystal Palace survived their disaster start to the season last year and I don’t expect that to be the case. I don’t see a winner in this London derby.
Huddersfield Town vs Chelsea
Huddersfield Town are the team tipped to go down this season after they did perform above expectations by their survival last season. Maurizio Sarri will be looking to keep his key player Eden Hazard at the club after the departure of Courtois. And he’ll also seek for his team to come on quickly with his tactical instructions on the pitch. 3-1 to Chelsea
Watford vs Brighton
Brighton did very well to escape the drop last season and I expect manager Chris Houghton to mastermind another escape plan for his troop this season. Watford started last season on a high and were on a roll until Everton made an approach for manager Marco Silva, we all know how that ended.
2-1 to Watford
Wolves vs Everton
Wolves are back in the Premier League and they have made a big statement by securing the service of experienced players top flight during the transfer window. Everton finally got their man in Marco Silva, and arguably they made the best moves during the transfer window deadline day, with the addition of Free agent Bernard, Barcelona’s Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes. We are all aware of Marco Silva’s teams struggle in away fixtures in the Premier League so I don’t see Everton leaving Molineux with a point.
2-1 win for Wolves
Liverpool vs West Ham
West ham were able to gain the service of experienced manager Manuel Pellegrini in the summer and he’s gone on to improve his squad in the just closed transfer window. Now it’s time to see how quickly his new assembled side gel together and mount a challenge for a place in Europe. Liverpool arguably had the best transfer window, by completing their summer deals quickly, fixing the weakest part of their team and spending the most in the transfer window. With the goalie position solved by bringing in Allison from As Roma. They’re tipped to be the closest challenger to Manchester City for the title.
4-1 to Liverpool
Southampton vs Burnley
Southampton narrowly escaped the drop last season and they’ve gone on to strengthen their squad sufficiently and there’s good optimism for the season ahead. Burnley
on the other hand were the surprise package last season and this earned them a place in Europe. It will be interesting to see how Sean Dyche sets up his team and how they’ll navigate through their European campaign.
The match of the weekend. Manchester City made a notable signing in which they finally got their man Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City and they’re backed to retain their title successfully this season. This is the post-Wenger period which the fans have been optimistic for. New manager Unai Emery has gone on to strengthen the squad adequately with experience and youth, and it would be interesting to see how he sets up his team for this stern test against the defending champions on home turf. Manchester City are the team to beat and with the way they went about to defeat Chelsea with minimal fuss to win the Community Shield last Sunday, I don’t see the Gunners stopping them.
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