English Premier League Week 1 Tips, Predictions and Preview - Manchester United set to win opener

Jackson Oldham 6 Aug 2018
  • Tips, Predictions and Preview for Round 1 of the English Premier Leauge 
Manchester City.

The English Premier League is back and we are set for a terrific first week of action in the 2018/19 season. 

Manchester City is hot favourites to go back-to-back after dominating the 2017/18 season. The Sky Blues face a tough test in Round 1, taking on Arsenal in a blockbuster clash. 

Manchester United v Leicester 

This is the first match of the 2018/19 EPL season. Leicester City begins their campaign with a visit to Old Trafford on Friday Night to face Manchester United who finished runners-up behind Man City a season ago. Man United have received a welcome boost on the eve of their clash against Leicester, with Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and Romelu Lukaku returning to training early from their holidays ahead of the final preparations for opening night. Manager Jose Mourinho has suffered third-year blues in his career, with many predicting another poor showing. Leicester has looked less than impressive in their recent friendlies and Mourinho’s men should be too good despite the off-season dramas. 

Newcastle v Tottenham 

Tottenham Hotspur is fresh off a disappointing 1-4 loss to Girona as they gear up for a new season. This was a second-string Spurs side, however, questions must be asked about their preparation. A lack of signings over the off-season has left doubts on the squad as they face Newcastle in their EPL opener. Newcastle has signed Japan forward Yoshinori Muto, along with Fabian Schaer, Martin Dubravka, Kenedy and Ki Sung-yueng ahead of the new season. This Newcastle squad hasn’t been seen since last season's Premier League, so there's definitely some guesswork involved in this matchup. I’m siding with the draw at over 3/1, which does look good value in this matchup.

Huddersfield v Chelsea 

Huddersfield finished Round 1 of the 2017/18 season on top of the table, with a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace. The Terriers will be looking to repeat that dose against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Chelsea’s only loss since the Premier league ended was their 0-2 defeat against Man City. The Blues have scored a 1-0 victory against Man United and a 1-0 victory against Australian team Perth Glory. Chelsea is unbeaten in their last eight league meetings against Huddersfield, with five victories and three draws. The Blues are very likely to keep that unbeaten streak alive with an opening round victory here.

Bournemouth v Cardiff 

This matchup will be the first-ever meeting between Bournemouth and Cardiff in the Premier League. In lower divisions, Bournemouth has dominated Cardiff, losing only once from eight matches. Bournemouth finished the 2017/18 season in twelfth place, with 11 wins, 16 losses and 11 draws. It was a successful season in the Premier League for Bournemouth, tied on points with Newcastle for tenth place. Cardiff will attempt to stay in the top flight for the first time since 1961 and the signing of Junior Hoilett will help them do so. He was wanted by Liverpool and Everton before losing his way. This opening match is important to both sides, however, I cannot ignore Bournemouth’s recent dominance over Cardiff. 

Watford v Brighton 

Both Watford and Brighton narrowly avoided relegation last season, finishing 14th and 15th respectively. Watford finished with two more wins than Brighton, but also had 19 losses, which was tied for the second-most in the Premier League. Both teams have never won their opening Premier League match, with Brighton losing their one and only opener against Man City last season. Brighton is unbeaten in their last three matches against Watford, with one victory and two draws. This includes a 1-0 victory at Amex Stadium last season. I’m happy to be with the underdogs in this matchup.

Fulham v Crystal Palace 

Fulham FC defeated Aston Villa 1-0 in the promotion play-offs final and are back in the Premier League for the 2018/19 season. Fulham’s manager Slaviša Jokanović has noted that they will need some additions to the squad if they are to be competitive in the Premier League. “I lost a complete defensive line from last season: Ryan Fredericks [free transfer to West Ham], Tomas Kalas [returned to Chelsea after loan], Denis Odoi is suspended, Matt Targett is not here.” Jokanovic said. Defensive help is needed for Fulham, following a 0-4 loss to Lyon and a 0-3 loss against Fenerbahce in Friendlies. In a boost for Crystal Palace, Andros Townsend has committed to the club, ruling out a return to Newcastle in the near future. Townsend made mention the importance to keep Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha as rumours about his future get louder. 

Wolverhampton v Everton 

Everton struggled in their friendly against Valencia only days ago, losing 2-3. Manager Marco Silva is looking to add to his roster before the transfer deadline on Thursday and they may have to go through a ‘second pre-season’ with a new squad on the eve of the season. Silva has already signed Richarlison, Lucas Digne and Joao Virginia. Everton has won four of their last six matches against Wolverhampton and have remained undefeated in that six-match period. The Wolves last victory over Everton was in May 2004. Wolverhampton was impressive the Sky Bet Championship and have earned their place in the Premier League. 

Southampton v Burnley 

Southampton avoided relegation by the narrowest of margins last season and will be keen to get their 2018/19 Premier League campaign off to a strong start when they face Burnley. Southampton has dominated Burnley on their home pitch, having lost only two of their last 16 matches at St Mary’s Stadium (W8 D6). Southampton has never won their opening match at home in the Premier League. A gritty 0-1 defeat against Man City at the end of last season’s premier league will give Southampton confidence coming into this matchup and they should be too good for a Burnley side who is still working out their current roster. 

Liverpool v West Ham 

This first-round matchup between Liverpool and West Ham looks a one-sided contest. Liverpool finished the last Premier League season in fourth place, with only five losses for the season. This was the second-best record in the league, behind Man City. Liverpool couldn’t be coming into the new season in better form, with consecutive victories against Manchester City and Manchester United in the International Champions Cup. West Ham has only played one match since the Premier League. They struggled to a 1-1 draw against Mainz. Liverpool has won their last three matches against West Ham, scoring four goals on all three occasions. The Reds should be far too good for West Ham. 

Arsenal v Manchester City 

We have saved the best for last, as the Round 1 blockbuster clash between Arsenal and Manchester City gets underway as the last game of the opening round. Manchester City was the first team in Premier League history to crack the 100-point mark last season and did so by losing only two games for the season. Arsenal finished a competitive sixth in the 2017/18 but was a long way off both Man City and Man United. Manchester City is unbeaten in their last five Premier League matches against Arsenal, winning on three occasions. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has won both his opening round matches with Man City, beating Sunderland and Brighton. I can’t bet against Man City until they give me a reason to do so. The $2.08 on offer looks a very nice price. 

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