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Big guns meet at Old Trafford

Big guns meet at Old Trafford


The opening weekend of the new Premier League season concludes on Sunday with three fixtures and there is a mouth-watering clash at Old Trafford.

United to beat Chelsea @ 6/5

Manchester United‘s revival under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was fairly short-lived and the conclusion to last season could not come quick enough for the Red Devils.

There were a few pundits who felt the Norwegian was out of his depth, but he has been backed in the transfer market in no uncertain terms, with Harry Maguire becoming the world’s most expensive defender when moving from Leicester.

It has been youth all the way for United, with Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka also on board, and the hope for the boss is that they can find their feet sooner rather than later.

A fast start is essential to ensure the dissenting voices are quietened and they should have enough against a Chelsea side with new life under Frank Lampard, but very few fresh faces due to the transfer ban.

The loss of Eden Hazard will be huge and a top-four finish should be considered a job well done by the former England midfielder. Expect the home side to make it a winning start at the Theatre of Dreams.

Arsenal to beat Newcastle @ 20/23

Unai Emery appears to have been the big winner during the summer transfer window, recruiting an excellent mix of youth, experience and skill.

Nicolas Pepe should dovetail well with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front and the Arsenal faithful have reason to be optimistic of a serious opportunity to return to the top four.

The loan capture of Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos, plus the signing of left-back Kieran Tierney, will also be a fillip and they should have too much for Newcastle – even at St James’ Park.

It is open to question as to just how the Toon Army will take to Steve Bruce and the negativity will not be long in coming if they fall behind early on.

Leicester to beat Wolves @ 5/4

Leicester were building up a head of steam towards the end of last season and even the loss of key defender Maguire should not derail them this term.

They lost out to Wolves to be the ‘best of the rest’ last season and will want revenge on Sunday.

Manager Brendan Rodgers appears quietly confident the Foxes could be on the cusp of something special and the signing of Youri Tielemans on permanent terms was a real shot in the arm.

Ayoze Perez will act as support to Jamie Vardy up top, while exciting right-back James Justin has real chance to make a name for himself in the Premier League.

Wolves were a credit to the top flight on their return last term, and there is every reason to suggest they will progress over the next 10 months, but this looks a tough opener against a confident Leicester side.

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