With pre-season friendlies gone and the transfer window shut, all eyes switch to the opening round of the 2019/20 English Premier League season this weekend.
Our first feature match will see last season’s runner-up Liverpool play host to newly promoted Norwich City on Friday night.
Champions Manchester City will be on the road against West Ham United on Saturday afternoon, with Tottenham Hotspur welcoming Aston Villa later in the day.
Newcastle United will take on Arsenal at St. James’ Park on Sunday, before Manchester United and Chelsea lock horns in the headline act of EPL Matchweek 1.
Premier League Matchweek 1 multi bet
- Liverpool first half/Liverpool second half
- Man City to win
- Spurs to win
- Both Newcastle and Arsenal to score
- Man United to win
Premier League accumulator odds = +978 at Bovada
Leg 1 – Liverpool vs Norwich City
Friday, August 9 – 8pm local time – Anfield, Liverpool
Liverpool came close to winning the UEFA Champions League in 2018, but they didn’t. Instead, they lifted the trophy a year later in convincing fashion.
The Reds also came close to winning the Premier League title last season, but they didn’t. Could Jurgen Klopp’s charges finally secure the League title at their second time of asking?
Eager to sate their lust for Premier League glory, and playing at Anfield for the first time since being crowned champions of Europe, Liverpool should absolutely pummel a Norwich City side that hasn’t taken a keen interest in maintaining top-flight status.
Prediction: Liverpool to win first half/Liverpool to win second half – +100 at Bovada
Leg 2 – West Ham United vs Manchester City
Saturday, August 10 – 12:30pm local time – London Stadium, London
Manchester City’s title defence begins with a trip to London, where they will face West Ham on Saturday afternoon.
City’s season is already off to a flying start, as they beat Liverpool 5-4 on post-match penalties to lift the FA Community Shield last weekend.
With expensive signings such as Rodri, Angelino and Joao Cancelo adding to their already extravagant portfolio of players, City shouldn’t have any troubles cruising past a West Ham side that hasn’t beaten them in four years.
Prediction: Manchester City to win – -416.67 at Bovada
Leg 3 – Tottenham Hotspur vs Aston Villa
Saturday, August 10 – 5:30pm local time – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London
A Champions League finalist last season and still chasing after his first piece of silverware at the club, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping for a better campaign both on the domestic and European front.
Unlike last year, when they didn’t make any signings, Spurs have this time round broken their own transfer record to acquire the services of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon.
Aston Villa have been on a lavish spending spree as well, splashing over £112 million on transfers, but they could be in for a rude awakening — much like Fulham last season.
Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur to win – -333.33 at Bovada
Leg 4 – Newcastle United vs Arsenal
Sunday, August 11 – 2pm local time – St James’ Park, Newcastle
Arsenal will face a stern test in their opening game of the season when they travel north to face Newcastle United.
Despite the managerial change in the English summer that saw Rafa Benitez replaced by Steve Bruce, an unpopular successor by all accounts, St James’ Park remains a tough ground to go to.
As such, the Magpies should be able to trouble a Gunners outfit that has run neither hot nor cold in pre-season.
Prediction: Both teams to score – -142.86 at Bovada
Leg 5 – Manchester United vs Chelsea
Sunday, August 11 – 4:30pm local time – Old Trafford, Manchester
Manchester United will play host to Chelsea on Sunday afternoon in the biggest matchup of the opening weekend.
Other than playing an integral part in the race for a top-four finish, the match has added significance with former rival players turned rival managers now leading from the touchlines.
Having conducted good transfer business during a perfect pre-season, United could squeeze for a win against a Chelsea side greatly hampered by injury.
Prediction: Manchester United to win – +115 at Bovada
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