After two-and-a-half LONG MONTHS… THE PREMIER LEAGUE IS BACK – HALLELUJAH!!!!
I can’t wait for Kick-off and I’m raring to go with my weekly Premier League predictions for BetBright – I picked out some absolute corkers last season and I’m planning to do the same again – keep an eye out for my Wild Card Bet of the weekend as well as Bullard’s Banker, which you can stick in your Acca or use as a single bet – either way I can’t wait to smash it this season!
What a way to kick the new season off!
The Gunners have been brilliant recently and I hope they have a better season this year. I know we said it last year, and the year before, and the year before but I really think they’ll improve.
Wenger seems to have bought well, with signings like Lacazette and then Kolašinac, who bagged at Wembley on Sunday. No one’s come in for Sanchez yet either, so he’s still an Arsenal player and if they can keep him they’ll need him firing on all cylinders for the whole season.
Leicester have bought Iheanacho in the transfer window, but other than that, they’ve not really got too much to shout about.
After the pre-season that Arsenal have had, I can’t see anything other than a home win and I can see The Gunners scoring three goals, minimum – and that’s being quite fair to Leicester.
Watford v Liverpool
Watford have a new manager in Marco Silva, who did very well with Hull when he came in last season, but I still see a Liverpool win.
It’s all about the little man, Coutinho – if he doesn’t start he’s Barcelona bound, but if he plays, he’s going to cause carnage for Watford.
Watford are a handful going forward and they’ve bought Andre Gray from Burnley who they’ll be hoping will be able to convert more of their chances this year. That won’t be enough to beat Liverpool though – it could well be an onslaught, but I’m going for 3-1 Liverpool win.
Chelsea v Burnley
This one is Bullard’s Banker of the week – this has got 4-0 written all over it – Sorry Dychey!
Chelsea are the Champions, starting off their title defence at home on the first game of the season – this could be anything.
Burnley had an appalling away record last season, winning just one on the road and they haven’t bought anyone to shout about in the transfer window who I can see changing that record, so I think they’re in for a rocky start to the season against Conte’s boys.
Crystal Palace v Huddersfield
This one is my Wildcard pick of the weekend boys and girls – three goals apiece!!!
This is very do-able because Palace go forward at every opportunity and Huddersfield are the unknown side in the league, who will be bang up for their first fixture in the top-flight.
Neither side have the strongest defence in the league, so this one’s going to be a bit of a surprise and I have a feeling there’ll be plenty of goals to be seen at Selhurst Park.
There are two swerve balls this weekend and Everton v Stoke is one of them.
Everyone keeps banging on about Everton, and they’re probably right to, but even though they’ve changed their playing style over recent years, Stoke are still a bit unpleasant to play against.
It won’t be an easy game for anyone this season and they can always upset your weekend, so for that reason I’m going for a score draw here: 2-2.
I know that might upset a few Everton fans but with a lot of young players in their side it might take them a small amount of time to get going.
Southampton v Swansea
These are two very similar teams in my opinion – It really is a flip of a coin but I’m going to go for the home side – but only just, it really is a tough one.
On the opening day the place will be rocking and the crowd can get Southampton over the line. I remember playing Chelsea at Craven Cottage on the opening day of the season where we kept them at bay for 88 minutes and the buzz from the crowd really does make a huge difference.
I just think Southampton have got a little bit more in their squad, but I like Swansea and Paul Clement did a fantastic job with Swansea last season. They’ll be missing Llorente as well who’s injured himself on holiday – his gaffer will be chuffed about that one!
West Brom v Bounremouth
As I’ve said, the home advantage is huge, especially in the first game of the season, and the fans at The Hawthorns will be well up for it after a long three months off – it’s always a nice atmosphere up there.
With their physicality and the way they’re so organised, I am going for West Brom in this one. Don’t get me wrong, The Cherries play some lovely football and Eddie Howe is a top Manager, but Tony Pulis’ men will get the better of them here.
Brighton v Man City
It will be interesting to see how Brighton play this season and I’m excited to watch them this year to be honest.
A lot of people have written them off, saying they might be the whipping boys, but I think they might surprise a few teams.
Unfortunately for Chris Hughton though, they won’t surprise Man City – Pep has had a whole season in the Premier League now and his City side will be a real force this year. He’s added players like Bernardo Silva, Mendy and Kyle Walker to his squad and I’m expecting big, big things from them this season.
Newcastle v Spurs
Now… this one is my other swerve ball for the weekend.
I looked at the fixtures as soon as they came out and the first thing I looked at was where the shock results were going to come from, and I just thought this was a big one…
Newcastle are a Premier League outfit and are back where they belong. That stadium will be electric on Sunday and Newcastle are going to have twelve men. Of all the Premier League grounds this season, St. James’ will be the most rocking – trust me, they’re nuts up there!!
They’ve not got a bad little team either, with players like Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey who are playing in the right way under Benitez, so I reckon they’re really going to excite us this season.
Don’t get me wrong, Spurs are fantastic, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this fixture tripped them up. A lot of punters out there would back Tottenham all day long here, but I’m telling you right now, that this could be a swerve ball.
I know Pochettino has got the likes of Kane and Alli, but they still have “off days”, don’t they?!
The Danny Rose situation won’t have the Gaffer’s preparations either – for a player to come out and say he wants to move back up North, he might as well have just said ‘Come and get me Jose!!’.
So, there will be a little bit of upset in the camp and it’s something Poch wouldn’t want to be dealing with two days before the league starts.
Manchester United v West Ham
I’m a massive West Ham fan and to get Manchester United on the first game of the season is exactly what you don’t want!
West Ham are usually very good against United when we play them at home, but I can’t see us getting anything up there. I’d love to say we can get a result, but I just can’t see it.
Jose will want to start the season off strongly and his side will be title challengers this season (or he’ll be off!!) and I just think they’ll be far more superior than The Irons – simple as that.
Bilic would take anything in this – if he got a point he’d be over the moon. He’s signed former Manchester United striker, Chicarito, which could be a great signing, however, I don’t want to get too excited before I see him play a few times.
It’s a lot easier playing for Man United than it is West Ham; there’ll be less clear cut chances and he’ll have to be more creative as an individual – saying that it’s an exciting signing and hopefully he can get a nice tally together this season.
It’s time for the talking to stop and the action to start… The Premier League is back this weekend and you can read my weekly Premier League predictions with BetBright every Friday – Bring it on!!
Best of luck – Jimmy!
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