The 2018-19 Premier League season gets underway fresh off the back of an entertaining World Cup that France won in style.
Manchester City will once again be the team to beat this term – after amassing an impressive 100 points last season and they started this campaign ominously, comfortably beating Chelsea in the Community Shield on Sunday.
Liverpool have spent big this summer and will be hopeful that they can kick on towards that elusive Premier League trophy whilst Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal are sure to be in the running come next May.
Here are our picks for the opening round of fixtures in the Premier League:
05:00 Manchester United vs Leicester City – Old Trafford
Manchester United ($1.48)
Leicester City ($9)
The English Premier League kicks off with a Friday night football special between Manchester United and Leicester City.
Leicester last won the league in 2015-16 and have struggled since but will be hoping for a stronger season whilst Manchester United have had a turbulent summer with constant speculation surrounding Jose Mourinho but they have an expensively assembled squad and will want to start the season with a win.
The reds have endured a rollercoaster of an off-season with Jose Mourinho’s future dominating most of the media outlets during the summer. They have strengthened in midfield by signing Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk and with their wealth of attacking options should be well placed to improve on their 2nd placed showing last term.
The Foxes struggled at times last season – changing manager from Craig Shakespeare to Claude Puel and ended up finishing in 9th position. They have sold Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City but have managed to hold on to Jamie Vardy, Harry Maguire and Kasper Schmeichel which is a huge bonus with the season looming.
Leicester are an organised side and will pose problems for United but the Red Devils have so many options that they should pick up the win here.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match to nil ($2.25) – BET NOW
Manchester United to win 2-0
09:30 Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur – St James’s Park
Newcastle United ($4.1)
Tottenham Hotspur ($2.1)
It’s the opening weekend of the Premier League season and Saturday’s fixtures commence with an intriguing battle between Newcastle and Tottenham in the North East. Rafa Benitez worked wonders for the Toon last season, securing their place in the Premier League comfortably despite not receiving much financial support whilst Tottenham will be desperate to improve upon their 3rd place finish in the league last term. The Magpies enjoyed a solid campaign in the Premier League finishing 10th with 44 points from their 38 games played. Rafa Benitez has strengthened his side this summer securing Ki-Sung Yeung from Swansea and Fabian Schar from Deportivo. Spurs had a solid season in the Premier League, finishing 3rd and securing their place in the Champions League for another season. Mauricio Pochettino’s men will be moving to their new stadium next month and there is a real sense of optimism around the club once again this term. Newcastle, with home support will be very difficult to play against but Tottenham are notoriously good on the road and should pick up the 3 points here.
Betting tip: Tottenham to win the match to nil ($3.5) – BET NOW
Tottenham to win 2-0
00:00 Bournemouth vs Cardiff City – Vitality Stadium
Cardiff City ($4.35)
Cardiff City return to the Premier League with a tricky opening tie against Bournemouth and the objective for both teams is sure to be securing Premier League status for next season as soon as possible.
In what promises to be an intriguing clash of styles, Eddie Howe’s free-flowing football will be pitted against Neil Warnock’s notoriously physical approach which adds even more excitement to the fixture.
The Cherries enjoyed another strong Premier League season, finishing 12th and comfortably avoiding the relegation picture once again. David Brooks and Diego Rico are the headline acquisitions for Eddie Howe’s man this summer as they look to push on once again.
The Bluebirds find themselves back in the Premier League after an impressive campaign under Neil Warnock’s stewardship in the Championship – finishing 2nd. Cardiff have spent nearly £30 million in the summer transfer window as they look to stay in the league with Bobby Reid and Josh Murphy being signed from Bristol City and Norwich respectively.
Cardiff will frustrate Bournemouth as much as possible here but the Cherries should have enough about them to get the 3 points here.
Betting tip: Bournemouth to win the match and both teams to score ($4.4) – BET NOW
Bournemouth to win 2-1
00:00 Fulham vs Crystal Palace – Craven Cottage
Crystal Palace ($3.3)
Fulham and Crystal Palace get their Premier League campaigns underway with a tasty looking London Derby at Craven Cottage.
The Whites secured promotion back to the Premier League in the Championship play-off final back in May and they are sure to give Roy Hodgson a resounding welcome as he brings his Crystal Palace side to West London.
Slaviša Jokanović engineered a path to the Premier League for Fulham and there is a real sense of optimism surrounding his young team. Alfie Mawson and Jean Michael Seri are two of the big names arriving at Craven Cottage this season as they look to secure their Premier League status as soon as possible.
The Eagles soared up the league once Roy Hodgson got his hands on the team – finishing 11th – well clear of the relegation picture that looked to be dogging them for so long. Max Meyer and Cheikhou Kouyate are two of the biggest names to arrive in East London this summer and they will provide some midfield steel and creativity.
This could be a very entertaining game between two sides that have the capacity to be surprise packages in the Premier League this season.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.5) – BET NOW
00:00 Huddersfield Town vs Chelsea – John Smith’s Stadium
Huddersfield Town ($6.5)
Following the replacement of Antonio Conte with Maurizio Sarri in charge of Chelsea, all eyes will be on the John Smith’s Stadium as they travel to West Yorkshire to face Huddersfield in a tricky-looking season opener.
The Terriers impressed last season, showing real resolve to stay in the Premier League whilst Chelsea disappointed in the league – finishing 5th and missing out on Champions League football.
David Wagner performed wonders in charge of Huddersfield last term, defying the odds to keep them in the Premier League on a shoestring budget.
The Terriers have strengthened in key areas this term bringing in Rahmadan Sobhi from Stoke and Adama Diakhaby from Monaco as they look to adopt a more attacking approach. Antonio Conte paid the price for a tumultuous season last term and Maurizio Sarri has been brought in to improve on their 5th place showing last term.
Their 2-0 defeat in the Community Shield to Manchester City will do little to calm the nerves ahead of the season and the speculation around goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois continues to rumble on.
As is always the way in the Premier League, anything is possible but Chelsea are a strong team and should get a win here to kick start their season.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match to nil ($2.75) – BET NOW
Chelsea to win 2-0
00:00 Watford vs Brighton – Vicarage Road
Two of the pre-season relegation favourites face off in North London as Brighton travel north to face Watford.
Both teams had their respective struggles last term but ultimately avoided the drop relatively comfortably and that’s sure to be their objective once again this term. Both sides have also recruited during the summer and they will be hoping their new signings can have an instant impact.
The Hornets endured a strange season – replacing the popular Marco Silva with Javi Gracia and ending up finishing in 14th place in the Premier League table.
Gerard Deulofeu has signed permanently from Barcelona as a replacement for Richarlison who left the club for a record fee of £40 million.
Chris Hughton did a fantastic job in keeping Brighton in the Premier League last season and he will be hoping to emulate that success this term.
Iranian superstar Alireza Jahanbakhsh has been signed from AZ Alkmaar and he will be carrying the hopes of the south coast this season.
Both of these sides will be keen to get their respective seasons off to a solid start and not losing will be their priority – meaning a draw looks highly likely.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and under 2.5 goals in the game ($5.25) – BET NOW
02:30 Wolves vs Everton – Molineux
The first Saturday Night Football of the Premier League season takes place in the Black Country as Premier League new boys Wolves face off against big spending Everton in an intriguing opening day fixture.
Wolves thoroughly impressed last season in the Championship, securing promotion at a canter whilst Everton failed to live up to expectations and will be looking for a significant improvement this term under new boss Marco Silva.
Wanderers stormed to the Championship title under the stewardship of Nuno Esporito Santo who combined home grown talent with foreign imports brilliantly.
Adana Traore and Joao Moutinho headline the list of big-signings Wolves have made this summer as they aim for survival this term.
Sam Allardyce and Ronald Koeman both failed to produce the good for Everton last term as the Toffees failed to live up to pre-season hype, finishing in 8th place.
Marco Silva has been installed as the new man in charge and he has brought in Richarlison from Watford and Lucas Digne from Barcelona.
This should be an excellent fixture between two attack- minded teams who could well cancel each other out.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.75) – BET NOW
22:30 Liverpool vs West Ham United – Anfield
West Ham United ($13)
Premier League football returns to Anfield with a real sense of optimism sweeping the red half of Merseyside that this indeed could be their year.
Having recruited the both most expensive goalkeeper and defender in the history of football in the last 2 transfer windows, it appears that the reds are ready to dine at the top table of English football once again.
Nabi Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson have all been signed by Jurgen Klopp in an attempt to bring the glory days back to the Kop.
West Ham meanwhile have turned to Manuel Pellegrini in an attempt to improve things at the London Stadium and the Chilean is proven at Premier League level – having won the title with Manchester City in 2014.
Jack Wilshere, Felipe Anderson and Lucas Perez headline the 9 signings made by Pellegrini in an attempt to freshen his squad and perhaps make a push for European football next term.
Liverpool will be desperate to get their season off to a flyer and should do so relatively comfortably, despite the obvious threats West Ham will look to pose.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match and both teams to score ($2.7) – BET NOW
Liverpool to win 3-1
22:30 Southampton vs Burnley – St Mary’s Stadium
Having just about stayed in the Premier League last season, Mark Hughes will be keen to see his Southampton get off to a good start to the season as they line up against Europa League side Burnley on Sunday.
The Saints secured their place in the league in the final week of last season and struggled all campaign but Hughes has had a full pre-season with his men and he’ll be keen to see them kick on this term.
Burnley meanwhile, have already been playing competitive football – defeating Aberdeen over two legs to reach the third qualifying round of the Europa League.
Both sides have recruited in the summer, Burnley have brought in Joe Hart as a goalkeeping option and Ben Gibson to sure up the defence whilst Southampton have spent big money on Jannik Vestergaard and Mohamed Elyounoussi.
This should be an excellent season opener and both sides are sure to be well up for it and could well cancel each other out.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($5.5) – BET NOW
01:00 Arsenal vs Manchester City – Emirates Stadium
Manchester City ($2.05)
The highlight of the opening weekend takes place in the capital as all conquering Premier League Champions Manchester City begin the defence of their title against an Arsenal side without Arsene Wenger at the helm for the first time in over 20 years.
Unai Emery is the new man in charge at the Emirates and he’s made an instant impact – signing Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira as he looks to plug the leaky defence that has plagues them for the last few seasons.
For City and Pep Guardiola meanwhile, all seems to be serene – epitomised by their 2-0 stroll over Chelsea last weekend to pick up the Community Shield at Wembley.
This could be a sensational season opener and despite City’s rightful status as favourites, Arsenal are sure to be up for this in front of their home fans and new manager and could come away with a hard earned point.
Betting tip: The match to end as a draw and both teams to score ($5) – 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:
Manchester United vs Leicester City – Manchester United to win
Huddersfield Town Newcastle United vs Chelsea – Chelsea to win
Liverpool vs West Ham United – Liverpool to win
Newcastle United vs Tottenham – Tottenham to win
Pays $5.13 for all to win – BET NOW
A $50 wager would pay out $256.50 if successful at the current odds.