Premier League weekend preview – Seagulls to fail stern opening test

Chris Hughton

Brighton have been handed a tough first game on their return to the top-flight as Manchester City are the visitors to the Amex Stadium.

The odds on Pep Guardiola’s team winning the match by one goal can be backed at 47/20 while a routine 2-0 victory for City is available at 21/4.

Champions Chelsea should be able to record a routine home victory against Burnley and are 13/2 to beat the Clarets 3-0.

Newcastle United’s last game in the top-flight was a home clash against Tottenham and Rafa Benitez’s side start life back in the Premier League with another match against the Lilywhites.

Newcastle thrashed Spurs 5-1 on the last day of the 2015/16 campaign and are 4/1 to beat Mauricio Pochettino’s team on Sunday while a Magpies win from behind can be backed at 14/1.

Promoted Huddersfield Town visit Crystal Palace and David Wagner’s side can be backed at 5/2 to draw at Selhurst Park.

Everton could struggle to break down Stoke City’s defence but the Goodison Park faithful will no doubt hand Wayne Rooney a great welcome on his return to the club and the former Manchester United star is available at 6/4 to score at any time against the Potters.

Southampton struggled for goals at St Mary’s last season while Swansea are without Fernando Llorente so a goalless draw on the south coast looks good value at 29/4.

West Brom and Bournemouth meet at The Hawthorns and a 1-0 victory for Tony Pulis’ team at 25/4 seems too good to ignore.

Liverpool should have too much quality for Watford, who they did the double over last season.

Jurgen Klopp’s new signing, Mohamed Salah, is 17/4 to score the first goal in the match.

West Ham have invested heavily in their squad over the summer with SlavenBilic signing Pablo Zabaleta, Marko Arnautovic, Joe Hart and Javier Hernandez.

The Hammers face a Manchester United side that lost 2-1 to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday.

A 1-1 draw can be backed at 37/4 while the Hammers are available at 6/1 to keep a clean sheet in the encounter.

The Premier League season gets underway on Friday when Leicester City visit Arsenal.

Alexandre Lacazette is 33/10 to score the first goal in his first Premier League game in an Arsenal shirt.