It’s the opening weekend of the Premier League season, with Man City looking to become only the second team in the history of the league to claim three titles in a row.
Which sides will start their 2019/20 campaigns in style?
Read on for our Premier League betting preview plus our first set of predictions as the action gets underway…
Premier League Predictions – Betting Preview – Gameweek 1
All games 3pm unless stated.
WEST HAM VS MAN CITY, 12:30
The lowdown City start the defence of their Premier League title with a potential banana skin in East London. The Hammers have been busy in the transfer market, with the signings of Pablo Fornals and Sébastien Haller particularly eye-catching. City ran out 4-0 winners in their last meeting at the London Stadium.
Verdict: City to break the Hammer’s resistance to record an opening-day win. 0-2
Best Bet: At least one team not to score and under 2.5 goals at 11/5
BOURNEMOUTH VS SHEFFIELD UTD
The lowdown The Blades return to the Premier League for the first time since 2007 with a day out at the seaside. The Cherries won eight of their 19 games at home last season, and will be looking to improve on that record in 2019/20 to avoid another flirtation with relegation danger. The away side took all three points in their last league meeting down in League One in 2013.
Verdict: The Blades to battle hard, but the spoils to stay down south. 2-1
Best Bet: A goal between 61 and 75 minutes at 39/25
BURNLEY VS SOUTHAMPTON
The lowdown A golden opportunity to hit the ground running for two sides consigned to a relegation scrap after sluggish starts in 2018/19. Jay Rodriguez returns to lead the line for the Clarets against another of his former clubs. These two sides always tend to be evenly matched, drawing all three of their most recent Premier League fixtures.
Verdict: Honours even yet again at Turf Moor. 1-1
Best Bet: A 0-0 draw in the first half at 33/20
CRYSTAL PALACE VS EVERTON
The lowdown An opening-day game with some added spice thanks to this summer’s Wilfried Zaha saga. Palace’s woeful home form last season has been well documented. All three points here could be the fresh start they need to rebuild home comforts – albeit they will need to beat their bogey team. Palace have failed to beat the Toffees in all nine of their last meetings.
Verdict: Roy Hodgson’s Selhurst Park headache to roll on. 1-2
Best Bet: A goal in the first 15 minutes at 58/25
WATFORD VS BRIGHTON
The lowdown Brighton start life without Chris Hughton with a repeat of last season’s opening-day fixture. New boss Graham Potter has promised to introduce a more adventurous style to help the Seagulls improve their Premier League travel sickness, but could find it a tough start against a side they haven’t beaten at Vicarage Road since 2012.
Verdict: The Seagulls to come unstuck despite showing more ambition away from home. 2-1
Best Bet: Brighton to score first and Watford to win at 7/1
SPURS VS ASTON VILLA, 17:30
The lowdown Spurs start their first full season at their state-of-the-art new ground against last season’s Championship play-off winners. Aston Villa’s summer transfer activity has been relentless, but Dean Smith might be cautious at blooding too many new names against last season’s Champions League finalists. Harry Kane finally broke free of his August goalscoring drought in 2018/19. Could he get off the mark for the season here?
Verdict: Defeat but no disgrace as Villa re-open their top-flight account. 2-0
Best Bet: Tottenham Hotspur to win
LEICESTER CITY VS WOLVES, 14:00
The lowdown Both these sides have been tipped to mount the strongest challenge to the ‘Big Six’, so expect Brendan Rodgers and Nuno Espirito Santo to aim to put an early marker down on the opening day. Neutrals will be hoping for a repeat of the 4-3 thriller the sides served up at Molineux last January.
Verdict: An opening-day cracker between two of the division’s must-watch sides. 2-2
Best Bet: Draw and over 2.5 goals at 39/4
NEWCASTLE VS ARSENAL, 14:00
The lowdown How will fans react to life after Rafa Benitez on Tyneside? The appointment of Magpies fan Steve Bruce has hardly received a ringing endorsement from home fans, but he could quell some of the criticism with a signature win against Arsenal in his first game in charge. Gunners fans will be hoping for an early glimpse of new star man Nicolas Pépé.
Verdict: A slow start for Steve Bruce at a hostile St James’ Park. 0-2
Best Bet: Arsenal to win to nil at 43/20
MAN UTD VS CHELSEA, 16:30
The lowdown Frank Lampard has been thrown straight in at the deep end as a Premier League manager as he takes his makeshift Chelsea side to Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has a point to prove after Utd’s form tailed away badly in the latter half of last season. Can new recruits Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka help him shore up a leaky defence?
Verdict: Lampard to leave Old Trafford with a point. 1-1
Best Bet: Both teams to score and draw at 16/5
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
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