The Premier League opening weekend preview
After just a 6 week break, the Premier League returns this weekend. In this article we will forecast some of the key games coming up.
Fulham Vs Arsenal
The season starts with a London Derby, as Arsenal travel to Craven Cottage to take on Fulham for an early kick off.
The emphatic FA Cup win will still be fresh in Arsenal players minds, as they look to pick up all three points at the start of their first full season with uninitiated manager, Mikel Arteta
Fulham have been dealt the short straw, in terms of opening fixtures for their return to the Premier League after a one season absence.
Scott Parker and his men will be looking to cause an upset as they come into the game as underdogs
Fulham have no reported injuries going into the tie. However Arsenal are without defenders Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi as well as wonderkid, Gabriel Martinelli
Arsenal : 11/20
Fulham : 9/2
Draw : 16/5
Souce = Telegraph
Prediction : 3-1 Arsenal
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Liverpool vs Leeds
Liverpool host Leeds United as they return to the Premier League after 16 years.
The reigning champions are expected to start the season off strong after a mediocre finish to last season.
Liverpool have made two additions in the transfer window with the arrivals of Konstantinos Tsimikas and Takumi Minamino, nonetheless neither of the two signings are anticipated to feature in the first team immediately.
Marcelo Bielsa will make his debut in the Premier league this weekend with Leeds United, the 65 year old is entering his third season with Leeds, following two seasons in the championship.
It’s fair to say Leeds have been backed to make an instant impact in the Premier League with bookies thinking there’s more chance of a top half finish than relegation (Oddschecker).
Leeds will be without defender Gaetano Berardi and Kalvin Phillips being a doubt, as for Liverpool, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain is out until late September and Jordan Henderson is likely to be unavailable
Liverpool : 1/4
Leeds : 9/1
Draw : 5/1
Source = Telegraph
Prediction : 2-0 Liverpool
Tottenham Vs Everton
Everton travel to North London to take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Sunday late kick off.
Tottenham have been dealt a problematic opening fixture with Everton looking stronger than ever.
Spurs have made three signings in the transfer window with the additions of Matt Doherthy, Joe Hart and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Jose Mourinho will be given the target of Champions league qualification this season after missing out last campaign.
Everton will be looking to kick on this season after the appointment of world class manager Carlo Ancelotti last December and the marquee signing of James Rodriguez and Allan in the summer transfer window.
Tottenham : 4/5
Everton : 10/3
Draw : 13/5
Source : Telegraph
Despite covid stopping supporters attending games the Premier league opening weekend is set to be a lively one with many exciting games. Hopefully the restrictions are eased as soon as possible and then we can return to normal football once again.