Here we go! I am excited about the start of another Premier League season and for numerous reasons. Top-level coaches in clubs are adding top-level players to their teams, the prospect of Liverpool and Man City digging at it once again this season with clubs like Chelsea and Man United looking to better what they did last season. The newly-promoted sides hoping not to get sent back immediately, the regular mid-table teams doing their best not find themselves in the relegation battle, and the FIFA standard use of VAR will be in play this season. All these make up for a season like no other as we get through the season week by week.
We start with eight matches in gameweek one as Man City, Man United, Burnley and Aston Villa will not be playing this weekend because of the Manchester clubs’ late involvement in European competition last season. The sixteen other PL clubs will be doing their bits to get the season started, and I’ll quickly preview their games here. Read with me.
Fulham vs Arsenal (Saturday, 12:30 pm)
A London derby to get us started! The Cottagers might be in for a long season because I think they’ll return to the Championship by the end of the season, and a first match against Arteta’s blossoming Arsenal might not be a good sign. They tried to play as good as they could last season and got to win the play-offs at Wembley with Mitrovic finishing as top scorer. If they manage to get something out of this game, it might give them hope that they have something to fight for, but I don’t see that happening. Arsenal with the right recruitments is looking a different proposition to deal with this season. The manager has got them close to what he wants to be, and I think they have to keep improving. This match has an Arsenal win written all over it, and I’m swinging that way.
Prediction: Fulham 1-3 Arsenal. (Aubamenyang to score).
Crystal Palace vs Southampton (Saturday, 3 pm)
I think Southampton will be more interesting to watch this season. If they can find more goals from other departments in the team and Danny Ings repeats his unreal goal-scoring feat of last season, they could find themselves competing for European places this season. Crystal Palace will have to put behind them the form the finished with last season if they don’t want to be soaked in relegation drama early on in the season. For this game, they have several players, and they might struggle to get going. I think the Saints will win this one.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 0-2 Southampton. (Adam Che to score).
Liverpool vs Leeds United (Saturday, 5:30 pm)
Most people think Liverpool will find it hard to retain their crown this season and I kind of agree. I mean, it’s the Premier League, and nothing is guaranteed. Asides Kostas Tsimikas, they are pretty much the same and whilst they might be playing at the peak of their powers, sometimes a new face like that of Thiago Alcantara brings something different and new energy to the team. If they sign, it might be a catalyst for another successful season. Leeds might find out here that, winning the Championship doesn’t guarantee a smooth life in the PL as they go to the home of the reigning champions. All have been said about Marcelo Bielsa’s style of play and it will be interesting to see how he gets on in the English top-flight. Can they provide Liverpool with an early reality check? You never know, but I’m leaning towards a home win here.
Prediction: Liverpool 3-0 Leeds United. (Mo Salah to score).
West Ham United vs Newcastle United (Saturday, 8 pm)
With the way Newcastle United has recruited, it’s clear Steve Bruce wants to establish them as mainstays in the league. He has gotten a proven goal scorer in Callum Wilson, and we all know the threat Ryan Fraser carries. If it all goes well, He should be considering an upper half of the table finish. I think with the calibre of players West Ham own, they shouldn’t be anywhere near relegation talks as they were last season. David Moyes has had time with the team, and I think they will be a little bit more comfortable than last season. With the way things are set, I can’t separate both teams, and I’ll be settling for a draw.
Prediction: West Ham 2-2 Newcastle United. (Antonio to score).
West Brom vs Leicester City (Sunday, 2 pm)
I’m happy to have West Brom back in the PL because I feel this is where they belong, but I don’t think their stay here might not be for long. They’ve come in with the experienced Slaven Bilic, but I’m unsure about their whole team set-up as a whole. As usual, the PL is full of surprises, and they might spring one as well. Leicester City will feel disappointed on missing out of the UCL spots last season, but they must pick themselves up and be ready to do better. For this match, they have key players out especially in defence, but I think their attack will bail them out.
Prediction: West Brom 1-2 Leicester City. (Jamie Vardy to score).
Tottenham vs Everton (Sunday, 4:30 pm)
Jose Mourinho is trying to build a team that is hard to beat. Many people are writing off their top-four chances, but I won’t. They have class players that can decide the outcome of a game in seconds. They have covered some holes in the squad, but they still need a solid back-up to Harry Kane if they want to go far. Carlo Ancelloti is also making a sort of transformation at the blue side of Merseyside. Three solid midfielders all within a week makes a statement of intent and shows clearly what he is trying to achieve. I still feel their striker options aren’t as solid but Ancelotti has a lot of faith in Dominic Calvert-Lewin. This match usually comes with goals, and I think Spurs will get the three points.
Prediction: Tottenham 3-2 Everton (Heung-Min Son to score).
Sheffield United vs Wolves (Monday, 6 pm)
There will be lots of eyes on Sheffield this season to see if they can repeat their strong showing of last season. They were tough to break down, the defence was tight, and they scored important goals when it mattered. They’ve brought in Aaron Ramsdale to replace Dean Henderson and also strengthened their defence. I think they’ll give it another go and I don’t expect them to be in the relegation battle. Wolves are my dark horses for the top-four this season. They are without any European distractions and I think they will be more solid and competitive than last year. For this game, I’m expecting a proper Premier League back and forth and for Wolves to just nick it.
Prediction: Sheffield United 1-2 Wolves. (Raul Jimenez to score).
Brighton vs Chelsea (Monday, 8:15 pm)
If there was a prize for winning a transfer window, Chelsea will get it. I think their inability to make transfers last year gave Frank Lampard a clear view of what he exactly needed after one season in charge. In my opinion, they’ve recruited well. How he makes the players work together and gel properly is in his hands now. He can’t say he has not been backed by the club’s board or owner. I’m expecting a big season from Chelsea and hoping they give Liverpool and City something to worry about. Here, they have to beat Brighton who survived last season. They have added the experience of Adam Lallana to their team, but I still think they will be around the bottom of the table by next June.
Prediction: Brighton 1-3 Chelsea. (Timo Werner to score).
So there you have it, what are your thoughts? Kindly leave your feedback in the comments and don’t forget to share & subscribe.