EPL Week 1 | Tips, Predictions & Best Bets

EPL Week 1 Tips

Expert EPL tips, predictions and best bets as the English Premier League returns for the 2020/21 season.

The EPL is back for a blockbuster Week 1, with the likes of reigning champions Liverpool hosting newly-promoted Leeds, Chelsea – with all of their new marquee signings – taking on Brighton and a big showdown between Tottenham and Everton – read on below as we preview every EPL Week 1 match this weekend, along with providing our best bets and tips.


EPL Week 1 Tips ⚽️

Fulham vs Arsenal EPL Week 1 Tips

  • Saturday September 12 | Craven Cottage | 9.30pm AEST

Arsenal determined for a winning start after finishing eighth last season – although they did claim the FA Cup at the end of the campaign. Fulham hoping for a much better season than their last EPL campaign, which saw them go through three managers before finishing 19th.

Key Points

  • Fulham have lost each of their last five EPL matches against Arsenal
  • Fulham conceded nine goals against Arsenal in their last season in the top flight
  • Arsenal have lost just one of their last 13 EPL matches vs Fulham
  • Arsenal’s last loss to Fulham was in 2012 at Craven Cottage
  • Fulham have lost their last 10 top-flight London derbies
  • Arsenal haven’t lost any of their last 24 matches in the month of September in all competitions
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been the last goalscorer in his last two EPL matches vs Fulham
  • Alexandre Lacazette has scored at least one goal in his last two EPL matches vs Fulham

Crystal Palace vs Southampton EPL Week 1 Tips

  • Sunday September 13 | Selhurst Park | 12.00am AEST

After a strong finish to last season, Southampton will be keen to pick up where they left off, while Palace experienced the exact opposite, suffering seven defeats in their last eight games.

Key Points

  • Palace have won just three of their last 22 EPL matches vs Southampton
  • Southampton have won their last three away trips to Palace without conceding a single goal
  • Saints have never won four straight away top-flight matches against an opponent
  • Palace have won fewer points than any other current EPL side in 2020
  • Only Man City and Liverpool won more away points than Southampton last season
  • Danny Ings has been the first goalscorer in four of Southampton’s last five EPL away games
  • The both teams to score market has failed to hit in the last five EPL matches between these sides at Selhurst Park
  • Palace have lost the first half in their last five EPL matches
  • Nathan Redmond has scored a goal in his last three EPL matches with Southampton as favourite

Liverpool vs Leeds United

  • Sunday September 13 | Anfield | 2.30am AEST

Leeds United make their long-awaited return to the EPL after a 16-year absence in a heavyweight showdown against Liverpool, who are of course coming off their historic title-winning campaign last season.

Key Points

  • Liverpool are unbeaten vs Leeds in their last eight games dating back to 2001
  • Liverpool are unbeaten at Anfield in the EPL since April 2017
  • Liverpool have won seven of their last 11 EPL home matches to nil
  • The winner of the Championship haven’t won their opening EPL game since Sunderland in 2007-08
  • Mo Salah is aiming to become the second player to score in Week 1 of the EPL in four straight seasons
  • Since debuting in 2006, Pablo Hernandez has been involved in 74 goals in all competitions for Leeds
  • Liverpool has won the first half in 17 of their last 21 EPL matches

West Ham vs Newcastle

  • Sunday September 13 | Olympic Stadium | 5.00am

Newcastle fans will be looking forward to watching new signings Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson after the pair arrived from Bournemouth in the off-season, while West Ham need considerable improvement after barely surviving relegation last season.

Key Points

  • West Ham have scored two or more goals in their last five EPL matches vs Newcastle
  • These two teams have lost the most Week 1 EPL matches in the competition’s history
  • West Ham dropped 26 points from winning positions last season, more than any other side
  • Jonjo Shelvey scored for Newcastle in both games vs West Ham last season
  • Michail Antonio has been the first goalscorer in three of his last four matches for West Ham
  • West Ham has won the first half in three of their last four EPL matches

West Brom vs Leicester City

  • Sunday September 13 | The Hawthorns | 11.00pm AEST

Tough opening game back in the EPL for newly-promoted West Brom, coming up against a Leicester side who will be determined to start on a winning note after squandering the chance to play Champions League football at the tail-end of last season.

Key Points

  • West Brom have lost their last four home EPL games to Leicester
  • Leicester have never won five straight away games against an EPL opponent
  • The home side has never won in eight previous EPL meetings
  • Leicester have won their opening EPL game just once in the last 11 seasons
  • West Brom’s Matheus Pereira assisted 16 league goals last season, behind only Kevin De Bruyne in England’s top four tiers
  • Jamie Vardy has scored in all four his EPL away matches vs West Brom

Tottenham vs Everton

  • Monday September 14 | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium | 1.30am AEST

Both teams will be hoping for more successful campaigns than last season – but Everton face an uphill challenge to get off to a winning start, with the club possessing a poor away record against Spurs.

Key Points

  • Spurs are unbeaten in their last 15 EPL matches vs Everton dating back to 2012
  • Everton have won just three of their last 28 away matches vs Spurs
  • Everton are winless vs Spurs away since 2008
  • Spurs have won on the opening day in their last three seasons
  • Everton have won just one of their last 19 EPL games in London
  • Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has lost just one of his 21 Week 1 league games
  • Harry Kane has scored nine goals in his last nine EPL games vs Everton
  • Jordan Pickford has conceded more goals vs Spurs than any other EPL side (21)

Sheffield United vs Wolves

  • Tuesday September 15 | Bramall Lane | 3.00am AEST

Sheffield United hoping to build on what was a tremendous campaign last season as they finished in the top half of the table, while Wolves will be looking to once again finish in the European positions.

Key Points

  • Sheffield have lost just two of their last 13 home league games vs Wolves
  • Sheffield are yet to lose on the opening day of the EPL season
  • Wolves are unbeaten in their opening league match in the last seven seasons
  • Sheffield lost their last three matches of last season
  • Wolves have lost 12 of their last 15 top flight matches in Yorkshire
  • Sheffield recorded the fewest shots on target of any EPL side last season
  • Raul Jimenez scored the third most goals of any EPL player in all competitions last season (27)

Brighton vs Chelsea

  • Tuesday September 15 | Amex Stadium | 5.15am AEST

Chelsea ready to unleash their various marquee signings, including Timo Werber, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz as they look to challenge City and Liverpool for the title.

Key Points

  • Brighton have failed to win any of their six EPL games vs Chelsea, losing five
  • Chelsea have never lost to Brighton in league competition
  • Chelsea have lost just two of their last 20 opening day EPL games
  • Brighton have won just three of their last 18 EPL games in 2020, the least of any side
  • Chelsea leaked 54 EPL goals last season, their most since 1996-97
  • Timo Werner’s 28 Bundesliga goals last season was the fourth most in Europe’s top five leagues