The Premier League got off with a seven-goal thriller
The 26th edition of the Premier League kicked off with a nail-biting seven-goal thriller between Arsenal and Leicester City. The Foxes looked like they might take the spoils when Jamie Vardy put the visitors 3-2 ahead on 56 minutes. Aaron Ramsey’s 83rd-minute equaliser set up a tense finale to the game. Olivier Giroud came off the bench to net his 70th Premier League goal and claim all three points for Arsenal.
Let’s get straight into this week’s three bold predictions
Everton v Stoke City
Everton are a new look side. Romelu Lukaku has moved on but there’s plenty for Everton fans to be positive about. Wayne Rooney will make his first appearance for the club in 13 years. When the two sides met on Boxing Day 2015 it produced seven goals. Stoke ran out 4-3 winners on that occasion. Rooney will big a brace in a 3-1 Everton win and move on to a milestone of 200 Premier League goals.
Watford v Liverpool
Watford and Liverpool get their season underway with a lunch-time kick-off. The Hornets have managed one win in their last six against Liverpool. The Reds ran out convincing 6-1 winners in the reverse fixture during the 2016/17 season. Watford haven’t had the best of preseasons and will miss the influential Troy Deeney (groin). Jürgen Klopp will be without a number of key players, including Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana. Andre Gray became Watford’s record signing and he will score an equaliser to further deflate Liverpool fans.
Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City
These two sides last met in 2008 when Brighton won on penalties. Brighton fans can be forgiven for feeling elated. Chris Hughton’s side plays good football but he is about to embark on what is arguably his biggest managerial challenge. Anthony Knockaert will face a late fitness test. Brighton need to keep their influenctial midfielder fit to maximise their chances of Premier League survival. Manchester City fans are patiently waiting for the Pep Guardiola effect to materialise. City are a club that many have tipped to win the league title and will run out comfortable 4-1 winners in the evening kick-off.
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