The first Sunday of the new Premier League starts off with a clash between Manchester United and Brighton at Old Trafford.
This will be Erik ten Hag’s first competitive match in charge of United, and while most pundits believe he will be an improvement on what came before he will still need time to implement his blueprint.
These two sides met in May, with Brighton winning 4-0 at the Amex in May, an indication of the difficulties ten Hag faces this afternoon. That said, Brighton should be weakened by the departure of Yves Bissouma and Marc Cucurella, and the Seagulls have never won in 14 visits to Old Trafford, losing 12 of those trips, including the last eight.
We’re very unsure about how this game will work out, but we note with interest Bruno Fernandes‘s record against today’s opponent – the Portuguese star has four goals and two assists in five Premier League appearances. He’s just over 2/1 to score anytime today, but we’ll take a punt at a hefty price that he scores at least twice against one of his favourite teams.
The late game sees West Ham hosting Manchester City at the London Stadium.
The defending champions are likely to be smarting after losing the Community Shield to main title rivals Liverpool last weekend, and will be wanting to stamp their authority on this game. They have faced the Hammers three times on the opening weekend of a top-flight season, and have won all three matches without conceding.
There were a number of column inches after the Community Shield devoted to the chances that new superstar striker Erling Haaland missed, however what was clear was he was getting into the right positions. The talent that City have in midfield should ensure that he scores a plenty, and we’ll take him to open his account with the first goal today.
Man United/Brighton: Fernandes to score a brace, 1 pt, at 18/1, SkyBet
West Ham/Man City: Haaland to score first, 1 pt, at 7/2, William Hill
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