Manchester United vs Leicester (1-1)
Two teams with managers with similar philosophies will meet in this fixture. Expect a dour start to the league season. A drab scoring low scoring draw should be the expected result.
Newcastle vs Tottenham (1-2)
With the core of the Spurs team making a deep run in the recently concluded World Cup, most of their key players should be out for this fixture. Newcastle will seek to take advantage of this reality. As shown in their pre-season games, Spurs should be sharp enough to avoid an upset, especially against a Newcastle side that hasn’t refreshed their squad much. The North London side should leave with all three points.
Bournemouth vs Cardiff (2-0)
Most are expecting Cardiff to go down faster than they came up. Bournemouth are a steady squad that should finish close to mid-table – if not there. The hosts should run out comfortable winners.
Fulham vs Crystal Palace (2-0)
Fulham are back in the top flight and seem here to stay a while yet. The highly regarded manager Slaviša Jokanović has done well to maintain his top players, including teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon. They have also bolstered their squad with the acquisition of German international Andre Schurrle. They should start their return with a comfortable win over London rival Crystal Palace who will hope to have Wilfried Zaha on their books going into this clash.
Huddersfield vs Chelsea (0-1)
After being handily managed in their Community Shield clash against Manchester City, it is clear to see that ‘Sarri Ball’ will take a while to grow on the Chelsea squad. Although being one of the bookies favourites to go down, expect Huddersfield to give a Chelsea team in transition a tough battle.