Man Metropolis caps the primary weekend with a go to to West Ham

The primary week of the Premier League season is upon us.

The EPL season formally begins on Friday when Arsenal travels to go to Crystal Palace. There is a full slate of video games on Saturday after which three matches on Sunday to cap off the weekend. The ultimate match of the weekend is Manchester Metropolis’s go to to West Ham. Metropolis are the defending league champions and enter as higher than even cash favorites to win the league in 2022-23.

The EPL sometimes begins its seasons in mid-August however the November World Cup in Qatar is forcing this season to start out every week sooner than regular. That is nice information for us American soccer junkies who like to have video games to look at within the mornings on the weekends.

It is also essential to bear in mind this weekend that a number of groups aren’t going to be fielding the squads that they’re going to have for many of the 12 months. The summer season switch window remains to be open via the top of the month and groups will probably be trying to make additions — or subtractions — to their squads for the subsequent few weeks. Groups with new gamers may additionally be bringing them off the bench or not taking part in them in any respect this weekend due to an absence of coaching.

Listed below are the traces at BetMGM for the primary week of EPL video games.

Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal (over/below 2.5 objectives) [Friday]

  • Palace (+333)

  • Arsenal (-120)

  • Tie (+260)

Arsenal performed within the first recreation of the season a 12 months in the past and misplaced to Brentford on the highway. Will the identical factor occur at Crystal Palace? We’re not sure Arsenal goes to lose however we additionally aren’t positive we would guess on an Arsenal win both. One thing tells us Palace will get at the least a degree.

Fulham vs. Liverpool (2.5)

  • Fulham (+850)

  • Liverpool (-300)

  • Tie (+450)

Fulham will get a enjoyable draw proper out of the gate in its first EPL recreation after a 12 months within the Championship. Liverpool ought to win this one.

Tottenham vs. Southampton (2.5)

  • Tottenham (-275)

  • Southampton (+700)

  • Tie (+400)

Tottenham is the No. 3 favourite to win the league and will begin the season with a win.

Bournemouth vs. Aston Villa (2.5)

  • Bournemouth (+275)

  • Home (+100)

  • Tie (+240)

Bournemouth will get a better activity to start out its Premier League marketing campaign than Fulham, however we’re nonetheless backing Aston Villa right here at even cash.

Newcastle vs. Nottingham Forest (2.5)

  • Newcastle (-155)

  • Forest (+450)

  • Tie (+280)

Newcastle discovered itself because the No. 7 favourite to win the league due to the inflow of cash from the Saudi Arabian authorities. There will probably be lots of people rooting for a Nottingham Forest win on Saturday. We’ll guess the tie for the heck of it.

Leeds vs. Wolves (2.5)

  • Leeds (+130)

  • Wolves (+195)

  • Tie (+230)

If we have been going to guess a recreation to complete 0-0 this week it would be this one. We’re unsure how Leeds will do with out Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha, whereas Wolves video games barely averaged over two objectives per in 2021-22.

Everton vs. Chelsea (2.5)

  • Everton (+400)

  • Chelsea (-160)

  • Tie (+275)

Chelsea ought to have sufficient firepower to get previous Everton on the highway. It is a enjoyable season opener to kind Chelsea legend and present Everton supervisor Frank Lampard.

Manchester United vs. Brighton & Hove Albion (2.5) [Sunday]

  • Man U (-175)

  • Brighton (+500)

  • Tie (+300)

Does Ronaldo characteristic within the beginning 11 for United? Whereas United wants Ronaldo’s objectives, you can even make the argument the group can be higher off with out him. The chances listed here are a mirrored image of United’s reputation and we’ll reluctantly go together with the Pink Devils.

Leicester Metropolis vs. Brentford (2.5) [Sunday]

  • Leicester (+100)

  • Brentford (+260)

  • Tie (+260)

Who’s going to play for Leicester on Sunday? Defender Wesley Fofana and midfielder Youri Tielemans are the topic of switch rumors. We’ll take the Foxes at residence however will not be stunned with any of the three doable outcomes.

West Ham vs. Manchester Metropolis (2.5) [Sunday]

  • West Ham (+750)

  • Manchester Metropolis (-275)

  • Tie (+400)

West Ham may play the kind of soccer to frustrate Metropolis on Sunday because the defending champions work in Erling Haaland to the squad. Nevertheless it’s laborious to guess in opposition to Metropolis and its depth. It might be ugly however Metropolis ought to win.

Can Pep Guardiola and Manchester Metropolis repeat as EPL champions? (Photograph by Tom Flathers/Manchester Metropolis FC by way of Getty Photos)

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