The 2019-20 Premier League season is upon us and following a relatively quiet summer in terms of international tournaments, the race for glory in England’s top division is on. Champions Manchester City go into the season off the back of winning all three domestic trophies available to them last term and will once again be the team to beat. Whilst Liverpool look set to lead the charge in terms of teams chasing City following their Champions League win in June whilst for the likes of Aston Villa, Norwich City and Sheffield United it will be a return to the big time in the Premier League.
Here are our picks for the opening round of fixtures in Premier League:
Liverpool vs Norwich City – Anfield
Norwich City ($23)
European Champions Liverpool will be looking to get their season off to a flyer as they take on newly promoted Norwich City at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s reds enjoyed a stellar season last year and only finished one point behind Manchester City in the title race. Norwich meanwhile ran away with the Championship last season under the stewardship of Daniel Farke and survival will be their primary goal this season despite strengthening their squad throughout the summer. The Canaries won’t roll over for Liverpool but the Reds should get off to a winning start on Friday night.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match to nil ($1.85) – Bet Now
Liverpool to win 2-0
West Ham United vs Norwich City – London Olympic Stadium
West Ham United ($13)
Manchester City ($1.28)
Champions Manchester City get their title defence under way with a tricky looking trip to West Ham at the London Olympic Stadium. The Hammers performed well last season under Manuel Pellegrini and will be looking to kick on this term, having spent big in the summer once more. City meanwhile will arrive in the capital full of confidence following their Community Shield win over Liverpool and they too have spent money during the transfer window, notably in the form of club record signing Rodri. The atmosphere at the London Olympic Stadium is sure to be electric but City should have too much about them here.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match and both teams to score ($2.1) – Bet Now
Manchester City to win 3-1
Bournemouth vs Sheffield United – Vitality Stadium
Sheffield United ($4.2)
Newly promoted Sheffield United will be looking to get points on the board quickly as they travel to Bournemouth. The Cherries have become a Premier League staple under Eddie Howe in recent seasons and they will be looking to finish in the top half once again this term. For the Blades meanwhile, it’s a welcome return to top flight football and Chris Wilder will be hoping he can secure safety for his side this season. Both teams will fancy their chances here but Bournemouth should just have too much quality in front of their home fans.
Betting tip: Bournemouth to win the match ($1.96) – Bet Now
Bournemouth to win 2-1
Burnley vs Southampton – Turf Moor
Two sides that scraped their places in the division last season face off in the opening game of this campaign as Southampton travel to Burnley. The Clarets improved markedly in the second half of last season and they will be looking to make a strong start this term with Sean Dyche keen to avoid a repeat of last season’s slow start. It’s a similar story for Southampton meanwhile who have enjoyed their first full pre-season with Ralph Hasenhüttl at the helm and optimism at St Mary’s seems justifiable at present. This could be a cagey affair between two well organized sides and it could end up honours even.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.1) – Bet Now
Crystal Palace vs Everton – Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace ($3.1)
Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace will be hoping for a better home showing this season as they open up their campaign against Everton. It has been a season of transition for the Eagles who sold Aaron wan-Bissaka to Manchester United for £50 million and have battled to keep hold of Wilfried Zaha. For Everton meanwhile the new recruits continue to come in with Moise Kean the latest player to sign for Marco Silva’s side from Juventus and the Toffees will be hoping to break the monotony of the top 6 this season. The atmosphere in East London is sure to be electric but Everton look a force to be reckoned with this season and could well pick up a big three points here.
Betting tip: Everton to win the match ($2.5) – Bet Now
Everton to win 2-1
Watford vs Brighton – Vicarage Road
Two sides that will be prioritising survival face off at Vicarage Road as Watford host Brighton. The Hornets enjoyed a great season last term, finishing in the top half and reaching the FA Cup final and they will be hoping for a repeat performance this season under Javi Gracia. Brighton meanwhile only just survived in the Premier League and decided to replace Chris Hughton with Graham Potter in the off-season. Potter will bring a more attacking brand of football to the AMEX but they will be hoping to improve their goal record this term and ease the burden on Glenn Murray. Brighton will be organized but Watford should have too much about them in this one.
Betting tip: Watford to win the match and both teams to score ($2.95) – Bet Now
Watford to win 3-1
Tottenham vs Aston Villa – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Aston Villa ($12)
Champions League finalists Tottenham get their Premier League campaign underway against newly promoted Aston Villa. Spurs finished in the top 4 last season and enjoyed memorable European nights but that first trophy continues to elude them under Mauricio Pochettino. Aston Villa meanwhile were promoted via the play-offs and for Dean Smith it is a real opportunity to showcase what he and his side are capable of in the Premier League. Survival will be top of the agenda for Villa and it won’t be games such as this that they will be targeting and Tottenham should have no problem seeing off Villa here.
Betting tip: Tottenham to win the match and to nil ($2) – Bet Now
Tottenham to win 3-0
Leicester City vs Wolves – King Power Stadium
Leicester City ($2.3)
Two sides hoping to break the top six meet on Sunday as Wolves travel across the Midlands to take on Leicester City. The Foxes will be going into their first season under Brendan Rodgers and optimism seems high at the club despite the departure of Harry Maguire to Manchester United. Wolves meanwhile have had a relatively quiet summer but in Nuno Esporito Santo, they look to have one of the best managers in the division and if they can build on last season’s showing, they could be a real force in the Premier League this term. This should be an entertaining game between two exciting sides and it could well end up honours even.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.52) – Bet Now
Newcastle vs Arsenal – St James’s Park
It has been a difficult off season in the North East for Newcastle and they will be keen to finally let their football do the talking as they host Arsenal. Rafa Benitez left the club during the summer with Steve Bruce being entrusted with the manager’s job, a decision that has been met with a mixed response on Tyneside. They will take on an Arsenal side that lost Aaron Ramsey to Juventus this summer but have spent big in the form of Nicolas Pepe and they will be hoping to break the top 4 this season after finishing in the Europa League spots last term. This won’t be easy for Arsenal but they should come back to London with three points here.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win the match ($1.8) – Bet Now
Arsenal to win 1-0
Manchester United vs Chelsea – Old Trafford
Manchester United ($2.21)
Big spending Manchester United will be hoping to get their season off to a good start as they take on Europa League winners Chelsea. United have spent big in the form of Harry Maguire and Aaron wan Bissaka this summer and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping his side can break into the top 4 this season in the Prmeier League. For Chelsea meanwhile, Maurizio Sarri has been replaced in the hot seat by club legend Frank Lampard and they too will be hoping to climb the table this term and potentially challenge the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool for the title. This will be the biggest game of the weekend and it could well end up honours even in Salford.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.85) – Bet Now
EPL Week 1 multi bet
We’re backing four results this week as a four-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
West Ham United vs Manchester City – Manchester City to win
Newcastle United vs Arsenal – Arsenal to win
Bournemouth vs Sheffield United – Bournemouth to win
Liverpool vs Norwich City – Liverpool to win
A $50 wager would pay out $262.92 if successful at the current odds – Bet Now