The first Saturday of the new Premier League season starts with a clash between newly-promoted Fulham and Liverpool, who just missed out on the title last season by one point.
Fulham won promotion in style last season, scoring 106 league goals in the process, and look like they are going to adopt a more attacking style this time round, having been relegated a couple of seasons ago hardly giving it a go.
That said, Liverpool looked very good in the Community Shield last weekend, and that was against Manchester City, which suggests this could be a difficult match for the hosts.
Trent Alexander-Arnold opened the scoring against City, netting from outside the area, and this will provide the fullback with more confidence (as if he needs more) to try again. He provides a threat from open play while also having the opportunities to try and strike from set-pieces, and we’ll take the 12/1 on offer that he scores from outside the area.
The late games comes from Goodison Park, with Everton taking on Chelsea.
This has been a home banker of late, with the Toffees having won each of their last four Premier League home games against Chelsea. Interestingly enough, those wins have come under four different managers: Marco Silva, Duncan Ferguson, Carlo Ancelotti and Frank Lampard.
There appears to be a state of flux around the Chelsea squad, with the management appearing to still be in the process of adding new players. However, they will still be able to put out a strong side, with Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly set to make their debuts.
Everton have their own issues. 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.
This leads us to side with Chelsea, although goals may be at a premium. Kai Havertz cemented his position as the main striker for the Blues last season, and he could receive more service from the likes of Sterling this time round. We think the 7/1 on offer that he scores first is worth taking.
Fulham/Liverpool: Alexander-Arnold to score from outside the area, 1 pt, at 12/1, William Hill
Everton/Chelsea: Havertz to score first, 1 pt, at 7/1, William Hill
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