Premier League Matchday 01 Preview – Prediction + Tips 2019/20

Can you smell that? Yep, it’s the smell of a new Premier League season. The 2019/2020 edition of British football’s top-flight is the first to feature VAR, and after successfully becoming an essential feature of international football, the Serie A and La Liga, its implementation in the Premier League is highly anticipated. 

As usual, we will go through each of the games for the opening weekend and give our analysis on each team. At the bottom of this page we will offer our key predictions for the weekend. 

Match of the Day

There is no game that comes close to the anticipation surrounding our Match of the Day. Manchester United vs Chelsea is the most highly anticipated game of the weekend and it looks set to be a cracker.

Man Utd v Chelsea
Man Utd Form Guide DWDWD
Chelsea Form Guide DLWLW
  • Venue: Old Trafford
  • Sunday 11 August 16:30
  • Referee: Anthony Taylor
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 5/4 D: 23/10 A: 13/5

About the Game:

Both teams come into this game off the back of extremely positive campaigns in their pre-season friendly tours across Europe. Despite this being relatively irrelevant to the success in the Premier League, the indication is both teams are fired up for this one. Manchester United spent heavily in the summer rebuilding their defense. The Old Trafford faithful will be hoping to see an immediate return on that investment with a clean sheet.

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Frank Lampard comes in as the new manager, looking to build a strong foundation for the rest of the season, he’ll be hoping for a fast start from his team. Travelling to Old Trafford for his first task on the job won’t be what he hoped for, but nonetheless, confidence at Chelsea is high. 

Prediction: Manchester United win

Rest of the Premier League Games

The Premier League 2019/20 gets underway at Anfield on Friday night. The rest of the games will be taking place on Saturday and Sunday.

Liverpool v Norwich City
Liverpool Form Guide LLDWL
Norwich Form Guide WWLDD
  • Venue: Anfield
  • Friday 09 August 20:00
  • Referee: Michael Oliver
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 1/7 D: 17/2 A: 20/1

About the Game:

Liverpool are flying off the back of their Champions League win. They were incredibly unlucky not to secure the Premier League title last season. Klopp will be looking to continue where his team left of at the end of last season with a decisive victory.

New boys Norwich where impressive in the Championship last year, and they dominated most of the competition in the 2nd-tier. With perhaps one of the hardest games on the fixture list as the opener, this will be a big wake-up-call for Norwich.

Prediction: Liverpool -1.5 Asian handicap

West Ham v Man City
West Ham Form Guide LLWDL
Man City Form Guide DLLDW
  • Venue: London Stadium
  • Saturday 10 August 12:30
  • Referee: Mike Dean
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 11/1 D: 6/1 A: 1/4

About the Game:

West Ham are a funny side. Constantly bouncing around the bottom half of the table trying to find their way. The squad is full of talent, and they’ll be fired up for the season. With a top-half finish in their objective, this game will be a tough test for them.

Man City, the Premier League champions last year, and arguably the best team in the world with by far the best manager. This could be the year they finally make history in Europe, but the Premier League title will also be a minimum objective. 

Prediction: Man City -1.5 Asian handicap

Bournemouth v Sheffield United
Bournemouth Form Guide LDWWD
Sheffield United Form Guide LLLDD
  • Venue: Selhurst Park
  • Saturday 10 August 15:00
  • Referee: Kevin Friend
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 1/1 D: 13/5 A: 3/1

About the Game:

Bournemouth start the campaign this year off the back of a very strong run of games last season and will be hoping for big things this year.

New boys Sheffield United scraped through into the automatic promotion spots. They go into this one full of confidence off the back of a strong run of games pre-season.

Prediction: Draw

Burnley v Southampton
Burnley Form Guide DWDDL
Southampton Form Guide LDLDW
  • Venue:
  • Sunday 12 May 15:00
  • Referee: Graham Scott
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 7/4 D: 9/4 A: 9/5

About the Game:

Burnley are still pushing their one-dimensional brand of football. But it seems to be working. Two banks of 4 a tricky play-maker in the free role and a big number 9. Expect Burnley to rob points off many teams this season through set-pieces and goal mouth scrambles. 

Southampton struggled to survive last season and they are most likely going to suffer again this year.

Prediction: Both teams to score

Crystal Palace v Everton
Crystal Palace Form Guide WLWWD
Everton Form Guide WDWLD
  • Venue: Selhurst Park
  • Saturday 10 August 15:00
  • Referee: Jonathan Moss
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 11/5 D: 23/10 A: 29/20

About the Game:

Crystal Palace fought hard to keep hold of Wilf Zaha during the summer, and they still have the English winger available for selection. This season they will look to push on and become a secure top half team.

Everton picked up a few fantastic signings in the Summer transfer window, namely Moise Keane and Alex Iwobi. With these two new attacking options you can expect fireworks from the Toffees. 

Prediction: Both teams to score

Watford v Brighton
Watford Form Guide LLLLL
Brighton Form Guide DWDWW
  • Venue: Vicarage Road
  • Saturday 10 August 15:00
  • Referee: Craig Pawson
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 1/1 D: 12/5 A: 10/3

About the Game:

Watford are always going to be a team that enjoy a dog fight. Tomorrow sees a tough game for them against a side that is unduly physical and loves to battle physically to win football matches.

Brighton last year appeared to be hacking the Premier League. Their poor mans Zlatan was scoring every week and they were on a roll. Despite a late dip in performance and a near relegation scare, they are back. 

Prediction: Both teams to score

Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
Spurs Form Guide WDLDD
Aston Villa Form Guide WWWLW
  • Venue: White Hart Lane
  • Saturday 10 August 17:30
  • Referee: Chris Kavanagh
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 3/10 D: 5/1 A: 10/1

About the Game:

Tottenham most certainly have had a successful transfer window. Signing the hottest prospect of English youth football talent, Ryan Sessegnon. They have bolstered their midfield options in Lo Celso and N’Dombele. All whilst keeping hold of their star attacking players. 

Aston Villa were determined to win promotion after losing out in the play-offs to Fulham in 2018. They find themselves back in the top-flight and have spent over £100m in an effort to survive. Remind you of anyone? 

Prediction: Tottenham win & over 2.5 goals

Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Leicester Form Guide LDDDW
Wolves Form Guide WWLWD
  • Venue: King Power Stadium
  • Sunday 11 August 14:00
  • Referee: Andre Marriner
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 5/4 D: 23/10 A: 13/5

About the Game:

The Foxes are still a strong contender for European qualification, always offering an exciting attacking brand of football. Losing Harry Maguire to United could be catastrophic, but netting over £70m will soothe the pain of the extra couple of goals they’ll likely concede this year.

Wolverhampton are a formidable side that are often underestimated. Ran by a highly methodical manager who has an iconic brand of Portugese football, they will be optimistic about the chances of finishing in the top half this year. 

Prediction: Both teams to score

Newcastle v Arsenal
Newcastle Form Guide DDWLL
Arsenal Form Guide LWDLL
  • Venue: Sports Direct Arena
  • Sunday 12 August 14:00
  • Referee: Martin Atkinson
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 7/2 D: 14/5 A: 17/20

About the Game:

Newcastle were lucky to scrape by with survival last season, and this year they’ll be looking to secure survival a little earlier, and on their own terms. Signing Andy Carroll back is a big statement of their intentions, can he win back the hearts of his Newcastle fans?

Arsenal had a fantastic window, making a series of well balanced acquisitions. Kieren Tierney is a vital addition at left back, and Pepe looks to be an exciting prospect who will ignite something going forward. The last minute capture of David Luiz will be the icing on the cake for many Arsenal fans.

Prediction: Arsenal win

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Game Event Odds Cumulative Odds
Liverpool v Norwich Liverpool – 1.5 1/2 1.5
West Ham v Man City Man City – 1.5 2/3 2.55
Tottenham v Aston Villa Tottenham & over 2.5 goals 6/5 4.67
Leicester v Wolves Both teams to score 10/11 8.92
Newcastle v Arsenal Arsenal Win 17/20 16.51

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