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Premier League opening weekend match predictions

Wednesday 12th July 2017
In truth, opening weekend on August 11th can't come soon enough for fans of the Premier League. Little over a month remains before the EPL kicks off for 2017/2018 and considerably more activity is expected in the transfer window before the first whistle is blown. 

Even without knowledge of the deals still to come, a lot can be predicted for the Premier League's opening weekend:

A rsenal v Leicester City

There will be several Premier League debuts in this game, including Lacazette for Arsenal, but the game will no doubt be far less interesting than might be expected. Trips to Australia and China are currently in progress for Arsenal's pre-season and the Gunners must also take on Chelsea in the Community Shield the week before Matchday 1. Expect some tired legs rather than fully prepared players thanks to this game taking place on Friday 11th...

Brighton v Manchester City

Far short of massively underestimating the newly promoted Albion, Manchester City should romp to victory here - Bernardo Silva could get off the mark early if he slots into place with his new teammates during pre-season.

Chelsea v Burnley

Never write Burnley off in games of this magnitude as the defending champions will no doubt set up in their familiar tactical style. Burnley boss Sean Dyche will already be preparing for this game and preparing his smug replies should the Clarets put Chelsea to the sword.

Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town

Perhaps the most difficult game to predict as no-one can ever be sure which Palace team will turn up nor can we be sure just how Huddersfield will fare in the top flight - should be a great game to watch but goals might come at a premium.

Everton v Stoke City

Could it be true that Wayne Rooney will lead Everton out at Goodison Park on August 12th? With their main goalscorer departing the club, Everton will find it harder than ever to break down the resolute Stoke City. Mark Hughes could claim at least a point from Koeman here.

Manchester United v West Ham United

Probably not the game Mourinho wanted to kick the season off and United will need to play well if they are to start with a win. West Ham might not be so threatening moving up the field these days but they seem to have plugged the holes in their defence - further reinforcement is expected with former Red Devil Chicharito rumoured to be arriving. Goals should be on the menu but nothing is certain where United are concerned.

Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur

This game should have away win written all over it but can Pochettino outsmart the experienced Benitez? Can Spurs hold on to all of their prized assets this summer or will they rock up to the North East with something of a skeleton crew? Probably not the game to watch in all honesty but Spurs should win.

Southampton v Swansea City

Paul Clement has a mammoth task on his hands on Matchday 1 - Southampton should take all three points whether they're busy in the market or not.

Watford v Liverpool

Quite why this game is televised is beyond me as Liverpool will no doubt make hard work of putting Watford in their place. When they're all in sync, Liverpool play good football but it's far too rare an occasion that we see brilliance from the Reds.

West Bromwich Albion v Bournemouth

Expect a very even game from this match - neither team look too happy with prolonged spells in possession so set pieces and stoppages are inevitable left, right and centre.
Kristian Webb
A Manchester United fan who actually knows where Manchester is; I'm the chief writer for AccumulatorTips, ForzaSwansea and a contributor to WhatCulture's video game section. I'm a professional proofreader, content author and SEO Expert but that doesn't mean there won't be the odd grammatical error!

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