The first round of Premier League matches will see Wolves clash with Everton and Arsenal host Manchester City
On Friday 10 August, the 2018/19 Premier League season will kick off and we’ve got the prospect of Manchester United clashing with Leicester City at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho has looked decidedly grumpy during pre-season although maybe he will have some big money signings for this curtain-raiser, with the Red Devils boss having refused to answer a recent question regarding his team’s title hopes.
FRIDAY 10TH AUGUST
Manchester United 20:00 Leicester City
SATURDAY 11TH AUGUST
Newcastle United 12:30 Tottenham Hotspur
AFC Bournemouth 15:00 Cardiff City
Fulham 15:00 Crystal Palace
Huddersfield Town 15:00 Chelsea
Watford 15:00 Brighton & Hove Albion
Wolverhampton Wanderers 17:30 Everton
Claude Puel has already lost Riyad Mahrez and is now fighting to retain the services of Harry Maguire, with the Foxes having played their part in an entertaining 4-3 defeat at Arsenal last term.
On Saturday lunchtime, Newcastle will hope to profit from playing a Tottenham team likely to be missing several World Cup stars including Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Kieran Trippier.
Many might consider the Magpies as a good bet to claim a maximum haul, with Rafael Benitez boasting a decent record against the top six teams last season.
Cardiff City make their Premier League bow away to Bournemouth, with fellow new boys Fulham clashing with Crystal Palace and this represents a great chance to get an early three points on the board.
Maurizio Sarri gets his first taste of the English top flight when his Chelsea team go to Huddersfield, with David Wagner’s side among the favourites for relegation although the German performed minor miracles to keep them up last term.
Watford and Brighton clash at Vicarage Road, while later that evening there is the chance to watch last season’s Championship winners, with Wolves meeting Everton in front of a packed house at Molineux.
Wanderers are actually favourites to beat the Toffees and already have the look of an established Premier League squad, with Nuno aiming for a top-half finish with his squad.
On Sunday, Mohamed Salah is back for Liverpool and they’ll be well supported to beat West Ham, while Southampton are a surprisingly short price to beat a Burnley team who have already got themselves match-ready thanks to Europa League involvement.
Then we have the biggest game of the Premier League GW1 and Arsenal have the daunting task of stopping Manchester City, although it’s softened by the champions unlikely to be at full strength.
Unai Emery will hope that his Gunners side can carry the fight to their opponents and secure a morale-boosting result ahead of a trip to Stamford Bridge.
All odds were correct at time of posting.