A full first weekend of Premier League fixtures is completed with three games on Sunday afternoon. Check out our free tips for Leicester vs Wolves, Newcastle vs Arsenal, and Manchester United vs Chelsea.
Leicester vs Wolves (2pm)
Wolves won the betting without the top-6 market last season when finishing seventh in the Premier League Table, two places in front of Leicester. But both teams won their Premier League home games against each other. Leicester won 2-0 in August, despite the 66th minute sending-off of striker Jamie Vardy. Wolves won a seven-goal thriller in January, when Diogo Jota completed a hat-trick in the 94th minute to break Leicester’s hearts. In between those league matches, the two sides were drawing 0-0 at full-time in an EFL Cup match at Wolves, but it was Leicester who won a messy penalty shootout 3-1.
Leicester look sure to miss Harry Maguire after his departure to Manchester United, but have brought in some new talent including Perez and transfer deadline day signing Denis Praet. They’ve also impressed in pre-season with wins against Atalanta, Stoke, and Cambridge.
Wolves have also strengthened their squad over the summer and have looked in good form in their pre-season games, beating Newcastle and drawing with Man City. They’ve also brushed aside their early Europa League opposition.
Both teams are expected to make a bold bid to be the best team without the big-6 this year and, as they won’t want to lose any ground early, this could be a tight affair. That’s why the draw could be the value.
Newcastle vs Arsenal (2pm)
Newcastle came good late on last season to eventually finish 11 points clear of relegation in 13th place, but they could again be vulnerable early season with Steve Bruce asked to manage the Magpies after the departure of Rafa Benitez.
Bruce’s managerial pedigree wouldn’t put him in the same class as Benitez, but at least Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has given Bruce some money to spend. Only time will tell if Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin have what it takes to be Geordie heroes, whilst the injury-prone Andy Carroll gives them a Plan B with his well-documented heading prowess.
Newcastle’s dogged defence will have to be at its best though, as Arsenal won both games between the two sides last season and have won 12 of their last 13 encounters. Aubameyang didn’t score against Newcastle last season but always looks a potent threat. Lacazette is no mug either and both should benefit from the arrival of Pepe. Unai Emery has also strengthened his whole squad with the arrival of Ceballos, Salibi, Tierney, and Luiz, and it will be a big disappointment if the Gunners can’t shoot their way to an early three-points.
Manchester United vs Chelsea (4.30)
Both clubs will be hoping this season sparks the start of a new era of winning trophies, but they have plenty to prove as they embark on their 2019/20 Premier league campaign with a tough match.
Ole Gunner Solskjaer has as least had of slightly more than half a season in charge of Manchester United but, after a start that was the stuff of dreams, last season ended in a bit of a nightmare. The Norwegian needs to add tactical prowess to his motivational team talks and positive disposition if he’s to mirror his mentor Fergie. But at least he’s strengthened the United defence with the signings of Harry Maguire and Wam-Bissaka. But, whilst that’s one end of the pitch sorted, midfield talisman Paul Pogba must prove he wants to play at Old Trafford after being linked with several other big clubs. United also need one of their young strikers to take a big step forward after the departure of Romelu Lukaku, with United crying out for a player than score 20+ goals a season.
Chelsea Manager Frank Lampard has it all to prove after just a mediocre showing with Derby last season, but the Chelsea fans are sure to get behind one of their playing heroes from the off. However, he’ll need to produce results if those fans are to remain loyal to the Chelsea cause.
The loss of Eden Hazard is a big blow to Chelsea, but Lampard hasn’t tried to cling onto players he thinks don’t fit his vision and David Luiz and Danny Drinkwater are amongst several players that have left. But with no big names arriving at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea could be vulnerable early doors.
United look to have made the most progress over the summer but, with their new signings still unproven, this match could be a draw, matching both their league clashes last season.