Arsenal vs Manchester City (1-3)
After a generation of having Arsene Wenger in charge, there will now be a new manager in the Arsenal dugout, this in the shape of Unai Emery. He will face a baptism of fire as he renews his rivalry with compatriot Pep Guardiola. Arsenal are expected to improve this season but will likely still be significantly behind the Man City team who will be competing on all fronts. The guests should put away the Londoners comfortably enough come full time.
Watford vs Brighton (1-1)
Two teams that could finish relegated, but will at least be in the battle to survive, will go after what is already three important points. The spoils are likely to be shared come full time.
Wolves vs Everton (2-1)
Last season Wolves were too good for the Championship and blew away all comers. This season, they have added to their brilliant (for Championship) squad and are seen as a potential candidate for a European spot on their return to the top flight. They will test their wits against a potential European contender in Everton who themselves haven’t been idle this window and had gotten themselves a progressive manager in Marco Silva to boot. Expect a proper battle that the pack of Wolves may just edge.
Liverpool vs West Ham (3-1)
Both teams have spent heavily but are expecting different end of season results. The Scousers are seen as challengers in all competition, while West Ham with Manuel Pellegrini now in charge, will likely challenge for a European spot. The test of their respective credentials begins here.
Southampton vs Burnley (1-1)
Southampton survived on the final day while Burnley managed to qualify for Europe. This is seen by many as a potential ‘victim of own success’ scenario, in that they may struggle to stay up with an already thin squad competing in an additional competition. The acquisition of Joe Hart is neither here nor there, especially given the fact he’s currently behind Tom Heaton and Nick Pope at the international level. This game may likely end in a draw.