Finally the premier league is back and the wait is almost over as it begins tomorrow. Although there has been several football tournaments over the summer, like the Euros and the Olympics which is currently ongoing but then, none of them brings half as much excitement as the premier league and its so exciting to know another premier league race starts tomorrow. Well, lets get down to business with the preview of the games;
Hull City vs Leicester City; Saturday 12:30p.m
The premier league champions begin the race to retain their crown with a trip to face newly promoted side, Hull City. They gave a good account of themselves even if they lost in the community shield opening game to Manchester United and have done some good business in the summer, the addition of record signing Ahmed Musa being the most notable. Hull city on the other hand in my opinion do not look prepared for the premier league after sacking coach, Steve Bruce who brought them up from relegation, and have still not gotten a replacement yet. Leicester city should win this.
Burnley vs Swansea City; Saturday 3:00p.m
I kinda have high hopes for Burnley this season and the reason being that they’ve stuck with Sean Dyche. I mean, he literally relegated them two years ago, and brought them back after one year, and I feel he will be smarter now and will draw from the exploits of fellow English manager, Eddie Howe’s performance with Bournemouth. Swansea on the other hand found it tough last season and has surprisingly sold charismatic captain, Ashley Williams. They’ve also bought some players, yes, but I still feel they will struggle and might find themselves in similar position as last season. A tight game I feel but I just don’t see Burnley loosing.
Crystal Palace vs West Brom; Saturday 3:00p.m
This game has all shades of being boring, as both teams have had a lazy transfer summer. What will work for these teams is that they have experienced managers who can get the job done in the top flight and will rely on their tactical expertise. Expect both teams to be a more conservative and try to hit each-other on the counter as they both wouldn’t want to lose their opening games. A tight game which looks all shades of ending in a draw.
Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur; Saturday 3:00p.m
This is definitely one of the ‘games of the weekend’ as both teams get ready for somewhat of a testing season. Tottenham have high hopes this season after coming real close last season, only to be dented at the end and have shaped their squad to the preference of Mauricio Pochettino. They also did well by adding Wanyama and Janseen to give them squad depth. Everton’s biggest acquisition in my opinion is the appointment of Ronald Koeman, who will look to leave his mark with the club like he did with Southampton, so this should be a good game with both teams playing good football. A tight game anyone can win.
Middlesbrough vs Stoke City; Saturday 3:00p.m
Middlesbrough has done well this transfer window especially with the acquisition of Victor Valdez and Alvaro Negredo and have also added some other players and my notion of their season is, they either do very well or go through the QPR route by doing very badly (fingers crossed). Mark Hughes on the other hand has made Stoke city his own team by converting them from the boogie Tony Pulis team. Their biggest acquisition is the extending of Marko Arnautovic’s contract. It’s definitely going to be a dicey game but I lean towards Stoke city taking something from this game.
Southampton vs Watford; Saturday 3:00p.m
I have my reservations about Claude Puel as I was surprised he was appointed Southampton’s new manager so I know nothing about his style of play but they’ve done well by extending Shane Long’s contract and will really rely on Charlie Austin after selling Graziano Pelle this season. Watford on the other hand will be buoyed that Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo has signed long-term contracts with the club and will be anticipating exciting times ahead. This should be a tough game but I just don’t see Southampton loosing this one.
Manchester City vs Sunderland; Saturday 5:30p.m
Pep Guardiola starts his premier league adventure with a home game against David Moyes’s Sunderland. It should be an exciting game but straight forward. Anything other than a Manchester city will definitely be a surprise.
AFC Bournemouth vs Manchester United Sunday 1:30p.m
Manchester United have every reason to be buoyed from the victory at the community shield to the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovich to Jose Mourinho. Bournemouth on the other hand have done well in the transfer market, getting most notably, Jordan Ibe. It should be a tough game because of the work rate Bournemouth always give in their games but then, anything other than a win for Manchester United will be surprising.
Arsenal vs Liverpool Sunday 4:00p.m
I will be surprised if this game becomes as explosive as it usually is, as it’s the first game and both teams will kinda take it conservatively. Liverpool have done well in the market, most notably adding Saido Mane whose pace in attack, Jurgen Klopp have always craved for. Arsenal on the other hand will be happy Alexis Sanchez has gotten match fitness ahead of this game and was impressive in their friendly against Manchester city. Expect a tough game but then, a game I foresee a draw or an Arsenal win.
Chelsea vs West Ham Monday 8:00p.m
Antonio Conte starts his Chelsea reign with a home game against West Ham who are one of my dark horses to pull a surprise this season. I expect to see a dogged Chelsea side with probably an awkward line-up, as Antonio Conte is still struggling to settle on a particular first XI. West Ham in my opinion hit the jack pot with the signing of Swansea forward, Andre Ayew and Feghouli who I think will take them to the next level when you add the dynamism of Dimitri Payet to that mix. Im a big fan of how Slaven Bilic has adapted to the premier league and I expect him and his team to do well this season so I kinda also foresee a very tight game in which both teams would cancel themselves in every department.