Premier League Matchweek 1: Strong start is everything - Preview, Betting tips and Predictions

Saido Mane is a player to watch in this new Premier League 2019/20 season

Motivational talks always set in from the end of February, teams at the red zone use “finishing strong” tagline and it often ends in tears, those chasing the leaders tend to accept reality and hustle to finish in European places while the rest covet the top ten consolations, whichever way, starting the best way possible will do more harm than good, ask Bournemouth last season.

Welcome back to the predictions table, who else couldn’t wait to have good football back on our TVs? Good people of the world wherever you are, raise your glasses in a happy toast to the start of what gives us joy, the English Premier League.

The transfer window is behind us now and a certain North London side did best of magical businesses with a much-advertised 45m bucks budget, how? Left to be packaged and sold on Amazon with the title: How to deceive to deliver 101.

Welcome to the predictions table, oh we welcomed you before? Doesn’t matter, welcome again and feels awesome to be right back, in your face and ready to see you through the thirty eight-round affair; Tottenham Hotspur did quality business too, fixed their problems and finally handed Ryan Sessegnon, the move a lot expected him to make long ago, the Lo Celso acquisition would rank among hits of the season and with Ndombele in the team, be very afraid of Spurs this season.

Let’s talk about Liverpool, no real additions as they file out against Norwich on day one, same line up except for Sadio Mane that might not be ready due to match fitness after his involvement in Senegal’s AFCON journey and you’d wonder if they’re helping Chelsea to serve their transfer ban; Speaking of Chelsea, The Blues have absolutely nothing to report, they do have club legend, Frank Lampard as manager and with Eden Hazard gone, Pulisic will have so much weight on his shoulders trying to lift Chelsea the way the departed Belgian did, a lot lies in the hands of Hudson Odoi, Ross Barkley and Tammy Abraham… Long season ahead for Chelsea, without a doubt.

Manchester United are a laughing stock right now, a joke of a club, knew Ander Herrera was leaving and they out rightly sold Marouane Fellaini, no adequate replacement for either, United sold Romelu Lukaku, no replacement as they put their trust in Greenwood and Rashford, they did get Harry Maguire, top signing considering the options they had before he arrived, but with a weak midfield, United will suffer this season and that will heap pressure on Ole Gunnar Solksjaer; given he didn’t sign a single player in January and could be excused, he and the entire United board members must answer questions if the season doesn’t bring joy, inevitably.

Let’s talk about the wild animals, OMG! Leicester and Wolves did massive sensational businesses, the former may have lost Harry Maguire to United but they signed quality players to help their cause, from the permanent signing of Youri Tielemans, to Ayoze Perez, Dennis Praet and the fact they’re able to hold on to Maddison speaks volume of their readiness for the new season; Wolves signed Patric Cutrone, got Jimenez on a long term, sealed move for Portuguese duo and will compete in the league if their Europa campaign doesn’t derail them, be very afraid of them and plan for their visit.

Then, Everton, another small club making big statements, given that Crystal Palace won’t sell Wilfred Zaha to them despite all efforts, they got Moise Kean, Jean Philippe Gbamin and Alex Iwobi, they haven’t lost any major player, safe for Phil Jagielka that returned to boyhood club, Sheffield, be wary of Everton too.

Arsenal look very much like the biggest winners in the just concluded window with at least a body in their empty holes, they lacked a leader in defense, they let Koscielny go and brought in David Luiz, huge surprise but many reports he’s been on the cards for long; the loan signing of Ceballos makes sense in the absence of the departed Aaron Ramsey, lack of wide intelligence last season has been fixed with the signing of Pepe from Lille and they do have Saliba joining next season after being loaned back to St Ettiene. Long term target, Kieran Tierney joined from Celtic, though injured but will be ready soon to lift the gunners, such an exciting time for the fans of Arsenal especially after hearing their two frontmen just signed contract extensions.

Well, it’s the first predictions of the season and here we go “in Fabrizio Romano’s voice”.

Fixture
Verdict
Player to watch
Liverpool vs Norwich
Liverpool to win
Mo Salah
Westham vs Manchester City
Westham to win
Bernado Silva
Bournemouth vs Sheffield
Bournemouth to win or draw
Callum Wilson
Burnley vs Southamton
Burnley to win or draw
Chris Wood
Palace vs Everton
Everton to win
Richarlison
Watford vs Brighton
Watford to win
Gerrard Delofeu
Spurs vs Aston Villa
Spurs to win
Harry Kane
Leicester vs Wolves
Both teams to score
Youri Tielemans
Newcastle vs Arsenal
Arsenal to win
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
Man Utd vs Chelsea
Chelsea to win or draw
Mario Pulisic


Welcome to the new season again and remember to gamble responsibly.

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