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It’s the start of a new season and the interest in the Premiership this season is huge. Chelsea appear to be the tip of most people with Man City in second spot. After that it will be a battle between the likes of United, Arsenal and Liverpool for third and on down.
So here goes.
Man Utd v Swansea
I suppose the only thing Swansea can take from this is that there will be easier games in the coming weeks. Not the game to start the season with and not the game to try and build confidence in what is a new look team for the Welsh side. Around seven of the team from last year has gone and whilst Gary Monk has brought in some new faces they won’t be good enough in this fixture. The start of a new era for Louis Vav Gaal and it would take a brace man to predict against a home win. Last season Swansea did well but they never got a league win against any of the top nine sides in the Premiership. United are lacking in defence but in Van Persie and Capt Wayne Rooney they have two great performers.
Leicester v Everton
Most people think that of all the promoted sides Leicester will come out the best. That could well turn out to be truer but it’s still not certain they won’t be relegated. I think they will avoid that. Manager Nigel Pearson has been impressive in recent seasons and I think they have arrived at the top table with very little fan fare. They will work hard and there are goals in their side. Everton were superb last season and they really did punch above their weight but this is a difficult fixture if you ask me. Leicester will be full of running and effort and I feel that Everton will do well to stem the tide. They will look to Lukaka to score goals but at 21 he still has a bit to go. I think it could be a cracking game but I’m going for a draw.
Stoke v Aston Villa
On paper this looks all ends up a home win. Villa struggled all of last season and even with Roy Keane back on board I still think it’s going to be difficult. Villa have brought the likes of Shay Given and Darren Bent in from the cold but even that won’t be enough to make life a struggle this season. Stoke on the other hand will arrive at the start of this season full of confidence. They finished 9th last time out with 50 points. Their highest ever total. Under Mark Hughes they are very hard to beat and the signing of former Barcelona player Bojan Kric could be a masterstroke. Stoke beat Villa home and away last season and Villa fi8nished their season with defeats in their last six away games.
The trend will continue here.
QPR V Hull
Not only is Harry Rednapp at QPR but he has been joined by former England manager Glen Hoddle. Hoddle will be there to try and shore up the defence and his coaching ability is there for all to see. Rio Ferdinand will be at the heart of the defence but he is lacking pace and QPR need to keep him protected. Loic Remy was set to go to Liverpool but it fell through and you wonder if he will start in this fixture. QPR will hit the boards in flying form and it will be a big test this for a Hull side who under Steve Bruce are very solid. They did very well last season and I don’t expect to struggle this season.
West Brom v Sunderland
Yes S. Hard to call this oneunderland are still in the Premiership. Near the end of last season you would not have been saying that with any great confidence but they did survive and did it in some style. Joelen Lescott is a good signing for West Brom and In Brown Ideye they will need to see goals otherwise it will be yet another difficult season for them. Hard to call.
Yet another draw
West Ham v Spurs
Before a ball has been kicked in anger Sam Allardyce is a man under pressure. West Ham fans want to see the old style of attacking football back at Upton Park and they can have that if they want to be relegated. A massive blow for the Hammers with Andy Carroll injured again. New Spurs boss Maurico Pochettino did a great job at Southampton and I expect it to continue here. Spurs can expect to be in and around the top six again but I see problems for West Ham.
Arsenal v Crystal Palace
This was always going to be tough for Palace but now with Tony Pulis gone it’s near impossible.
Liverpool v Southampton
A bit like looking in the mirror in this one. Several Liverpool players are expected to make their debuts against their former club so it will be interesting to say the least. Liverpool without Suarez will be a different team and you wonder who will replace his 31 goals from last season. An interesting day for the likes of Dejan Levren and Rickie Lambert. Ronald Koeman is expected to give a start to new keeper Fraser Forster. Both sides started last season with 1-0 wins and Southampton actually won at Anfield last season.
It will be tight but I fancy a Liverpool win
Newcastle v Man City
Man City struggled last week against Arsenal in the Community shield but I expect a different sort of performance in this one. Kompany and Mangala should start in the centre of defence and they will simply be too good for an ordinary Newcastle side.
Burnley v Chelsea
What a game we have here and what a culture shock for Chelsea and all their big names. Jose Mourinho and Diego Costa at Turf Moor. I can’t wait. Under Sean Dyche Burnley will fight tooth and nail but even that I feel won’t be good enough to see them past Chelsea.
What a great start to the season but it has to be an away win
Adrian Logan, Affectionately known as Logie, Adrian joined UTV in 1985 and is currently sports editor and a sports presenter and reporter for UTV Live.
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