Defending champions Manchester City are the headline act in Saturday’s Premier League games on the opening weekend as they kick off their bid for a third straight title at West Ham United in the 12:30pm game.
City have already added one trophy to the cabinet this season, having defeated Liverpool on penalties in the Community Shield, and the Citizens will be feeling confident of getting their league campaign off to the perfect start.
Pep Guardiola’s men ended the 2018/19 season with 14 straight victories as they pipped the Reds to the title by one point and they have a fantastic record against the Hammers, who have not tasted success against City since 2015.
The Citizens have won the last eight competitive outings against West Ham, scoring 27 goals and conceding just four times, and the visitors should have more than enough to claim the London Stadium spoils.
The pick of the 3pm matches on Saturday looks to be at Selhurst Park as Crystal Palace take on an Everton side that are brimming with optimism ahead of the new campaign.
Marco Silva has added seven new faces to his squad this summer and the late additions of Moise Kean from Juventus and Nigeria international Alex Iwobi from Arsenal has helped to strengthen the Blues’ attacking options.
As for the Eagles, they have an unhappy Wilfried Zaha in the ranks after he failed to force through an exit and it is unclear whether he will be in the right frame of mind to play against the Toffees.
Everton are unbeaten in the last nine meetings and they look great value to pick up three points on the road this weekend.
Saturday’s 5:30pm kick-off looks to be a cracker as last season’s Champions League runners-up Spurs welcome Villa, who won promotion via the playoffs, to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to round off the day’s action.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men were the fourth-highest scorers in the Premier League last term, netting 67 times, and they have added Argentine midfielder Giovani Lo Celso to their ranks on a season-long loan from Real Betis.
Spurs’ squad has a plethora of attacking talent and they will be confident of hitting the back of the net at least once against Villa, who conceded 61 goals in the Championship last season.
However, Dean Smith’s men were also a force in the final third as they scored 82 times, making them the third-highest in England’s second tier, and they have added the likes of Club Brugge forward Wesley to their ranks this summer.
There hasn’t been a goalless draw between these two sides in the last 14 meetings and that record should be extended come Saturday evening.
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