Finally, the Premier League Returns

It’s finally here! The English Premier League is back, and another battle of the big spenders is going to keep us thrilled for the next nine months or until Manchester City clinch another title. Let’s look at the games being played on Saturday and some odds for the matches.

The first game of the day sees Manchester United host Leeds United at Old Trafford (12.30pm KO). United will want to start the season with better home performances than they managed last time around. A repeat of last season’s 6-2 home win over Leeds would go down well. Jadon Sancho could make his debut against a Leeds side hoping to improve on their ninth place finish last season. The Reds can be backed at 11/20 at William Hill to get a win.

There are five 3pm games, it’s almost like the old days. Chelsea won the European Super Cup in midweek and host Crystal Palace on Saturday. New signing Romelu Lukaku could feature at some point. It’s his second time at the club but unlikely to be loaned out to West Brom or Everton as in the past. Palace play their first league game under Patrick Vieira. It’s likely to end in defeat with Chelsea at 4/5 with Betfair to win and be ahead at half and full time.

If you’re looking for goals, then a trip to Turf Moor is not recommended. Both clubs struggled for goals last season, especially Burnley. Why can’t their new owners give Dyche the money to sign a forward? It’s 8/15 at 888sport that there are under 2.5 goals in this game. 16 of the last 20 games played between them have seen that stat come up.

Everton host Southampton and need to improve their home form this season. Usually poor on the road, last season it was the exact opposite. Just the six home league wins last season and that cost them their place in Europe. Can Benitez turn it around and will Everton fans grow to love him? Southampton topped the table last season but then went on a poor run. No Danny Ings this season as he’s gone to Aston Villa. A draw is 12/5 at BetVictor.

Another team looking to improve their home form are Leicester City. Some more wins at the King Power Stadium would have seen them in the Champions League. Wolves had a poor 2020/21 season and now have Bruno Lage in charge. The return of Raul Jimenez is a major boost. City are 4/6 at bet365 to win this game.

The final 3pm KO sees Watford host Aston Villa. Watford are back in the Premier League, but will they still be standing at the end of the season? Home form was strong last year but this is the top flight now. Aston Villa have lost Jack Grealish but made some good signings, especially Danny Ings. Ashley Young is back and could make his debut against a former club. Villa had some good away form last year and are 13/10 at Unibet to begin the season with a win.

There’s one 5.30pm KO with yo-yo club Norwich City up against Liverpool. City keep getting promoted and then relegated. They have a difficult start and Liverpool will be all out to start the season with a win. That’s what they will get here, and they are 1/1 at 10bet to win being ahead at half and full time.

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