Fri, Aug 12, 1:25pm by Staff Writer
While few are tipping shock champion Leicester City to repeat its phenomenal Premier League run, it should open the new season on a high.
And while the Foxes travel to newly-promoted Hull on Saturday (AEST), most interest will be on seeing if world-record signing Paul Pogba was worth the money for Manchester United in their opener at Bournemouth on Sunday.
United manager Jose Mourinho has plenty to prove after being sacked by Chelsea just seven months after delivering the London club the title.
Joining Pogba this season is veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who at 34-years-old, could be playing his last season.
United’s cross-town rival Manchester City installed Pep Guardiola as manager in the offseason and is regarded by many the favourite to take out the championship.
City, which has added midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, winger Nolito and defender John Stones to its lineup, is paying just $1.22 to beat Sunderland at home on Sunday, with $5.50 for the draw and a whopping $13 for the loss.
Chelsea has also appointed a new manager in former Juventus boss Antonio Conte as it looks to recover after a disappointing 10th place finish last season.
Joining Conte at Stamford Bridge is Leicester City star N’Golo Kante and Belgium’s Michy Batshuayi, who should help the side to an easy opening win against West Ham on Tuesday. Chelsea is paying $1.61 for the home win, $3.60 for the draw and $5.50 for the loss.
Arsenal, a perennial top-five finisher, signed Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka’s from Borussia Moenchengladbach and will take on Liverpool in a tight match Monday.
Another close match will be the encounter between Everton and Tottenham on Sunday.
Tottenham finished third last season and are still looking a good prospect to challenge at the top of the table.
In other games Sunday, Middlesbrough hosts Stoke, Southampton is at home to Watford, Swansea travels to Burnley and Crystal Palace takes on West Bromwich Albion at home.
Claude Puel’s Southampton has added midfielders Nathan Redmond from Norwich City and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Bayern Munich and should easily get past Watford, with William Hill paying $1.72 for a win $4.60 for a loss and $3.50 for the draw.
Burnley will rely on its home advantage to beat Swansea, with $2.45 set for the win, $2.85 for the loss and $3.10 for the draw, while Crystal Palace is paying $2.05 to win its match, $3.20 to draw and $3.60 for a West Brom win.
The Premier League season gets underway with Leicester vs Hull at 9.30 pm Saturday AEST.
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