EPL Opening Weekend Preview

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by Mark Knight
July 17th 2019, 2:28am

The Premier League gets underway this weekend, starting Friday afternoon as Liverpool take on Norwich at 3pm Eastern in what looks an easy starter for last year's runners-up.

Defending champions Manchester City start their campaign with a trip to West Ham early Saturday morning, and Manchester United will look for a fast start against Chelsea on Sunday.

We have all the latest odds from New Jersey online bookmakers, along with picks for the major games.

Man United v Chelsea

Sunday 8/11, 11:30 am ET

Frank Lampard's opening match as new Chelsea manager sees him travel to Old Trafford, in what promises to be a tight game.

Perhaps surprisingly, United are pretty clear favorites for this one, around +110. After failing to clinch a Champions League spot last year, the Red Devils have taken to signing promising youth players from the UK.

Eden Hazard when at Chelsea

Chelsea may have lost their best player in Eden Hazard, but they still have a squad capable of challenging for the top four. Lampard is fairly new to the coaching game, and this is a huge step up from his last job at Derby.

The head to head between these two is very tight, with the last two results being draws, and 8 of the last 11 being decided by a goal or less. Chelsea haven't won at Old Trafford in six years, and only twice dating back to 2005.

Our Pick

A very tight encounter with a lot on the line early for both sides. Take the draw at +240 with FanDuel.

Newcastle v Arsenal

SUNDAY 8/11, 9 AM ET

Newcastle opens their campaign at home to Arsenal, amid some turmoil (once again).

After the sacking of Rafa Benitez, and the subsequent appointment of Steve Bruce, the fans have revolted. Not known for his attacking style of play, or in fact any real success, the Geordie faithful have had enough.

The Magpies will be among the favorites for relegation this year, and will likely be concentrating more on taking points from sides in the bottom half, than the bigger clubs like Arsenal.

West Ham v Man City

Saturday 8/10, 7:30 AM ET

Aguero celebrates for Man City

Defending Premier League champions get their campaign underway early Saturday morning as they visit West Ham.

City are favorites to defend their title again, and it's hard to back against them. They will be ready for this, and against a West Ham team who's supporters will urge them to attack at home, this might just play right into City's hands on the counter-attack.

This one could get ugly, and fast.

Match Winner

Total Goals

Our Pick

Take the total goals in this match to be over 3.5 at +128 with DK. City could easily score that many on their own. Look for a scoreline of 1-3 or 1-4.

Other EPL Week 1 Match Odds

Newcastle v Arsenal

Leicester v Wolves

Tottenham v Aston Villa

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