GAMEWEEK 1: EPL PREVIEW AND PREDICTIONS

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It’s the first weekend of the Premier League season so it’s really difficult to predict the games with only the pre-season fixtures to rely on. Also, new signings will need time to integrate and this will make for some predictions that might turn out to be awkward after the end of the matches. But hey, I’m not afraid to be wrong so I’ll stick my head out anyway.

Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates is the highlight of the first weekend of the Premier League. Both teams are strong in attack but look weak in defence so I expect a few goals in this one with Arsenal taking all three points.

Manchester United should get all three points at Bournemouth. They might not play well – as typical with Mourinho teams – but they will get the job done.

Chelsea have a tough one at home to West Ham. Both teams will serve up a delightful Monday might football I presume and I’ll go for a Chelsea win by the odd goal.

Leicester City couldn’t have wished for an easier fixture to start their title defence than a trip to manger-less and largely disillusioned Hull City. Leicester would have to be piss-poor to come away from this fixture without all three points.

Pep Guardiola should start his Manchester City tenure with a comfortable afternoon against Sunderland. I expect at least three goals to City.

Tottenham will travel to Merseyside to take on Everton. Everton looked very good vs Manchester United at the Rooney testimonial. Their 3-5-2 formation intrigued me but I fancy Spurs in this one largely because of the stability they have enjoyed all summer with no serious departures.

Crystal Palace and West Brom will probably cancel out each other. Southampton will beat Watford.

I expect newcomers, Middlesbrough and Burnley to pull a surprise wins over Stoke City and Swansea respectively.

So, not many draws in this one. But I expect many slim victories. Till next weekend…..

Ariyo Ose covers the English Premier League for PapsonSports. Follow him on twitter here

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