Premier League Gameweek 1 Preview

Premier League Gameweek 1 Preview

Premier League action is finally back after a World Cup filled summer. The transfer window has officially closed, however players can still leave to clubs around Europe. Each team will have an idea of how they are going to set up over the weekend, but several players will be sweating on late fitness tests after late returns from the World Cup. Bet UK are previewing all fixtures for the first gameweek of the Premier League season.

Manchester United v Leicester City - Friday 10th August at 8pm

The Premier League Season kicks off at Old Trafford on Friday 10th August. Manchester United have had a frustrating summer, but will be hoping to put that behind them with a win against Leicester City. New signings Fred and Diego Dalot will both be expected to start their first competitive game for the Red Devils.

Leicester City have lost Riyad Mahrez but have managed to keep the rest of their squad, including Manchester United target Harry Maguire. £25m signing James Maddison is expected to miss the opening game, but new signings Jonny Evans, Ricardo Pereira and Rachid Ghezzal should all be available for selection.

Bet UK Predictions

There might not be a better time to play Manchester United than now, but they should still have too much quality for Leicester.

Manchester United 2-1 Leicester City

Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur - Saturday 11th August at 12:30pm

Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United failed to make any major improvements in the summer transfer window. Cut price deals and loan deals were made, but it is expected to largely be the same core squad as last year for Newcastle. Fabian Schar and Salomon Rondon can expect to be involved at some point, as well as returning players Dubravka and Kenedy. Benitez set up his team to be hard to beat last season and much of the same can be expected against Tottenham.

Mauricio Pochettino faces a dilemma in his first team, with 9 first team players only just returning from the World Cup. England stars Kane, Alli and Trippier are among some of the main faces that could be missing at St James’ Park. The second string of Lucas Moura and Fernando Llorente will be expected to step up to the plate. Tottenham failed to sign a single player this summer, possible due to their imminent move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Bet UK Predictions

Without a full strength side, Tottenham might find it difficult against a well prepared Newcastle side

Newcastle United 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Huddersfield Town v Chelsea - Saturday 11th August at 3pm

Huddersfield fans will be hoping their side don’t fall victim to ‘second season syndrome’ in the Premier League. David Wagner has made some impressive signings in the summer, including bringing Terence Kongolo back on a permanent deal. Erik Durm has also joined from Borussia Dortmund to improve defensive reinforcements. Huddersfield started last season brightly but quickly fell off as the season drew to a close. If Wagner’s side has any chance of survival, they must become more consistent.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was not given as long as he needed to truly prepare his Chelsea side for the Premier League season. It was clear that Antonio Conte was going to leave, however he was still in charge on 13th July. Nevertheless, Sarri has managed to bring in a few of his own signings. Jorginho, Arrizabalaga and Kovacic all joined Chelsea this summer, with Thibaut Courtois the only high profile departure.

Bet UK Predictions

Chelsea should have too much for Huddersfield, even with the Terriers’ defensive improvements. Huddersfield fans should expect a long afternoon

Huddersfield 0-3 Chelsea

Bournemouth v Cardiff City - Saturday 11th August at 3pm

Bournemouth and Cardiff could both be battling against relegation this year, so a win for either team will be a huge start to the season. Eddie Howe leads Bournemouth into their 4th consecutive Premier League season, but it could be their toughest yet. Jefferson Lerma, David Brooks and Diego Rico were all brought in, but it will be tough for any Bournemouth fans to truly get excited about the signings. A core of players that led the Cherries up from the Championship will be relied upon again this year.

Cardiff City are almost everyone’s favourites to go down this year. Neil Warnock did an incredible job getting Cardiff promoted last year, but keeping them up will eclipse that. Josh Murphy and Bobby Reid have both been signed from the Championship, but a lack of real Premier League experience is worrying. Cardiff will be expected to shut up shop and hit teams on the counter this year. But against better teams, they could be opened up.

Bet UK Predictions

Don’t expect this one to be a classic, but Bournemouth’s Premier League experience should prove the difference

Bournemouth 1-0 Cardiff City

Watford v Brighton & Hove Albion - Saturday 11th August at 3pm

Watford come into the season with their 9th different manager in 4 years. Javi Gracia will be hoping to bring much needed stability to a club that is slowly falling into football obscurity. As with Watford for the last few years, a bright start was overshadowed by a poor end to the season. Gerard Deulofeu is the only new signing that will expect to start in the opening game against Brighton. Ben Foster brings experience to the team, but Gracia’s other signings are relatively unknown. Watford’s season as a whole will likely be dictated by how they start this season.

Brighton and Chris Hughton has had quite an impressive summer transfer window. The Seagulls broke their transfer record twice in quick succession after signing Yves Bissouma and Alireza Jahanbakhsh. Both players will slot straight into the first team and give Hughton much more options. As impressive as last year was for Brighton, this year looks to be more exciting.

Bet UK Predictions

Both teams will expect to survive this season and will probably be just below midtable. With such similar expectations, we can’t split this either way

Watford 1-1 Brighton

Fulham v Crystal Palace - Saturday 11th August at 3pm

Fulham could well turn out to be one of the Premier League’s most exciting teams next season. Last year, Fulham scored the second highest amount of goals on their route to victory in the play off final. New forwards Schurrle, Mitrovic and Seri will add to Ryan Sessegnon to create a frightening force going forward. 5 signings were made on deadline day, but they are unlikely to be available for the opening game. For a team that has just came up from the Championship, they look to have everything ready to survive.

Crystal Palace didn’t sign a lot of players this summer, but they did do some smart business. Max Meyer was snapped up on a free, seemingly from under the nose of Europe’s top clubs. Cheikhou Kouyate was also brought in from West Ham to sure up the midfield. The best bit of business however was keeping Wilfried Zaha. Zaha was linked with Spurs, Dortmund, Chelsea and Manchester United throughout the summer, but Hodgson has kept him at Selhurst Park for another year.

Bet UK Predictions

Both teams look like they will be exciting going forward, both sets of fans can expect goals this season

Fulham 2-2 Crystal Palace.

Wolves v Everton - Saturday 11th August at 5:30pm

Wolves’ owners have put their money where their mouth is, splashing the cash this summer. Portuguese internationals Rui Patrício and João Moutinho join Ruben Neves, as well as Belgium Leander Dendoncker. The only worry this season is whether or not this team will be able to play together. With so many new players, they might find it difficult to immediately settle in a team. There’s no doubting that Wolves have the quality to survive, but Nuno Espirito Santo has a tough job keeping all his new stars happy.

Everton looked like heading into the season with a very similar squad, but a late flurry of signings makes Evertonians much more optimistic. Bernard, Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes all signed on Deadline Day, joining Richarlison and Lucas Digne at Goodison Park. Marco Silva is known for getting the best out of his players. With quality now at his disposal, Everton should be looking forward to a strong season

Bet UK Predictions

Wolves might be exciting as the season goes on, but the first game might come too soon for them.

Wolves 0-1 Everton

Southampton v Burnley - Sunday 12th August at 1:30pm

After a close relegation scare last year, Mark Hughes has been backed by the Southampton board this summer. The Saints have spent over £40m this summer, whilst also getting rid of some of the more controversial characters from the squad. Dusan Tadic and Sofiane Boufal have both been criticised for lack of effort and commitment in the past. Both players have now been shipped abroad to hopefully settle the squad at St Marys’.

Burnley have European Football to focus on for the first time in 51 years. Fans will be hoping that the Europa League doesn’t cause too much of a distraction for a small squad that could easily get stretched. Burnley have already played 3 Europa League games as there season got underway in July, so may be fitter than the Saints. 4 signings were made in the end, but only no one that will really improve the starting XI. After a trip to Turkey on Thursday, the first game of the season might come too soon.

Bet UK Predictions

Southampton’s fresh faces should be enough to get past a Burnley side that has just got back from a long European trip

Southampton 1-0 Burnley

Liverpool v West Ham - Sunday 12th August at 1:30pm

Liverpool had arguably the strongest transfer window in the Premier League, strengthening everywhere that they needed to. Goalkeeper Allison was brought in to replace Lorius Karius, Fabinho and Keita to sure up the midfield, and Shaqiri for a cut price £13m. They might have only signed 4 players, but they could be enough to take Liverpool to the next level. Last seasons 4th place finish will be the minimum that Liverpool fans expect. In reality, they should be pushing Manchester City for the title.

West Ham are another side whos signings will have exceeded all expectations. Manuel Pellegrini might prove to be the best signing of the summer. The management is surely the main attraction for players like Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson. Unfortunately for West Ham, their first game is against one of the strongest teams in the league. It might be difficult to truly see the potential of this team when playing away at Anfield

Bet UK Predictions

West Ham might have had a strong transfer window, but Liverpool have improved in every department

Liverpool 3-1 West Ham

Arsenal v Manchester City - Sunday 12th August at 4pm

Arsenal are venturing into the unknown with new manager Unai Emery. This will be the first time in 22 years that Arsene Wenger doesn’t lead the Gunners out in the opening game of the season. Emery seems to have solved many of the problems that Arsenal fans have been crying out for for years. A new goalkeeper has been signed, the defence has been improved and a solid defensive midfielder joins the ranks. Along with a frightening attacking force, Arsenal should be fighting for the Champions League places again.

Emery’s first game couldn't have been much tougher. Manchester City strolled to the Premier League title last season. Even though their rivals have mostly strengthened this season, it’s hard to look past City winning the league again. Riyad Mahrez has been added to an already impressive forward line to compete against Sterling, Sane and Silva. If Pep’s men can get a similar rhythm as last season, then it should be another straightforward season.

Bet UK Predictions

Arsenal fans might be optimistic about Emery’s reign, but expect them to come back down to Earth after this game

Arsenal 1-2 Manchester City

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