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A new season – but the same concept. After 75 days of no top-flight football, the Premier League returns as Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace hosts his former side Arsenal at Selhurst Park on Friday night.

Below are my 10 predictions for the games from Friday night to Sunday evening. Let’s hope I don’t embarrass myself from the get-go!

Premier League predictions – week 1My prediction
FRIDAY
Crystal Palace v Arsenal1-3
SATURDAY
Fulham v Liverpool0-3
Bournemouth v Aston Villa0-1
Leeds v Wolves1-1
Newcastle v Nott’m Forest2-0
Tottenham v Southampton3-1
Everton v Chelsea0-1
SUNDAY
Leicester v Brentford2-1
Man Utd v Brighton1-0
West Ham v Man City1-3

MY PREDICTIONS

All games kick off at 15:00 BST unless stated

FRIDAY

Crystal Palace v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

https://twitter.com/Arsenal/status/1555517701526880262

Arsenal have had a wonderful pre-season and have made some very impressive signings with Gabriel Jesus, Fabio Vieira and Oleksandr Zinchenko all joining the Gunners.

I’m not sure that Crystal Palace now possess the same level of threat they had now that Connor Gallagher has gone back to Chelsea after the end of his loan spell.

It will still be a tough encounter for Arteta’s side, but everything is falling into place for an Arsenal win.

My prediction: 1-3

SATURDAY

Fulham v Liverpool (12:30)

I may have backed Liverpool to win every game I predicted for them last season, but if they don’t leave Craven Cottage with three points I’ll be shocked.

They were excellent in the Community Shield and Saturday is going to be a long day for Fulham on their return to the top flight. I expect them to struggle all season.

What also doesn’t help them is that there is pressure for them to end their ‘yo-yo’ status, so Marco Silva has got a huge job on his hands and he couldn’t of asked for a harder first game back.

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My prediction: 0-3

Bournemouth v Aston Villa

It does look worrying for Bournemouth as they have made so few signings since winning promotion.

Aston Villa maybe haven’t signed as many players as some punters would’ve thought, but they already possess one of the most talented sides in the league and this is a great opportunity for them to kickstart their campaign in the right fashion.

https://twitter.com/afcbournemouth/status/1555530695900012544

My prediction: 0-1

Leeds v Wolves

Leeds only just stayed up last season and have just sold their best players from that campaign, Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips, this summer. It’s safe to say that Jesse Marsch is in for a long season.

Wolves have got some fantastic creative players in their squad, but are lacking any real firepower as Raul Jimenez is injured, so who will step forward and score their goals?

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This is a hard one to predict – so I’m going to sit on the fence for this one.

My prediction: 1-1

Newcastle v Nottingham Forest

It’s great to see Forest back in the Premier League after 23 years and I do think they’ll do well.

They have made some interesting signings in this transfer window already – Jesse Lingard looks to be a good addition and I like the look of their new striker Taiwo Awoniyi too. I reckon they will stay up.

Newcastle, meanwhile, have got no worries about beating the drop this season. Eddie Howe did a good job there in the second half of the season and they ended up staying up comfortably. But, I could’ve kept Newcastle up if I had billions of pounds to spend on the world’s best talents.

Despite the money, Howe played a really good style of football and got results which I am expecting to see again this season, although they could use with some reinforcements in attack.

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They are trying to sign James Maddison from Leicester but it seems odd that they have left it until this late in the window to make a move for him, and we will have to wait and see how the deal pans out.

For this game – I do think it’s a tricky one to call, but the Magpies will have a rampant home crowd behind them which may prove too much for Steve Cooper and his side.

My prediction: 2-0

Tottenham v Southampton

There is a lot of excitement in North London, but then there always seems to be at the start of a new season.

Richarlison is suspended for this game but it is going to be interesting to see how Antonio Conte will fit him into his system.

Dejan Kulusevski did superbly after arriving from Juventus and we all know just how good Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane are, so I don’t know how Conte will manage to start all of them. Still, it’s not exactly a bad problem to have.

https://twitter.com/SpursOfficial/status/1555534836940492800

In contrast to the success expected at Spurs, many people seem to expect Southampton to be relegated.

But the Saints always get written off at the start of the season and prove people wrong.

They’ve obviously suffered heavy defeats in recent seasons but hey also picked up some really impressive results under Ralph Hassenhuttl – they drew home and away to Manchester City last season and also won away at Spurs.

I don’t see history repeating itself though. I’m expecting the Kane and Son one-two to get the job done as always. Those two broke the record for the most goal/assists combinations that Chris Sutton and Alan Shearer had at Blackburn, so they must get along quite well.

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My prediction: 3-1

Everton v Chelsea (17:30)

It’s strange that Chelsea don’t look 100% prepared for the start of this season. They are still trying to make signings and their squad is not ready.

But Everton have even bigger problems. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is injured, Salomon Rondon is suspended and Richarlison has been sold – so they have no-one to lead their attack on Saturday.

They are going to have to rely on the Goodison Park faithful to get them through this game, like they did at the end of last season.

You would like to think their fans will give them a lift, but they can’t help them score goals.

My prediction: 0-1

SUNDAY

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Leicester v Brentford (14:00)

Leicester didn’t have a disastrous campaign last season but it was a step back for them after two fifth-placed finishes.

They have seen keeper Kasper Schmeichel leave this month and if they lose Wesley Fofana and James Maddison too, then that would be a major blow.

Sampdoria midfielder Mikel Damsgaard will be a good signing for Brentford if they can get him in, but I am worried about if second-season syndrome will affect them.

https://twitter.com/BrentfordFC/status/1555527373671612416

This game is another tight one to call.

Leicester had a nightmare at defending set-pieces last season – and Brentford are very good at them – but the Foxes have got some very talented attacking players.

My prediction: 2-1

Man Utd v Brighton (14:00)

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I really don’t know what to expect from Manchester United.

The whole situation regarding Cristiano Ronaldo, and whether he will leave or stay, is really disruptive to the club and new manager Erik ten Hag could most certainly do without it.

Playing United at Old Trafford on the opening day used to be a nightmare, but not any more.

Brighton battered them 4-0 at the Amex Stadium, so they won’t be afraid of them. But now Marc Cucurella is gone, they have slightly less quality this time around.

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My prediction: 1-0

West Ham v Man City (16:30)

West Ham have signed Gianlucca Scamacca from Sassuolo but I don’t think he’ll be up to speed.

My main worry for the Hammers is at the back. They spent £30m on Nayef Aguerd this summer, but he is out injured.

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So I don’t see City having any problems like they did when they drew 2-2 at London Stadium at the end of last season.

City hit five past them there on the opening day a few seasons ago and I think they will get a few goals this time too.

Pep Guardiola’s side were not at their best against Liverpool in the Community Shield but I’m expecting an improvement this time, and I also think Erling Haaland will open his account.

My prediction: 1-3

So there you have it – my first 10 predictions for the Premier League’s fixtures this season.

Do you agree with me? Or have I got it all wrong on the first day? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, and let’s wait and see what happened come Sunday evening.

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