After a busy summer break, the Premier League is finally back with an action packed opening Saturday of action.
Saturday’s games features two big teams away from home whilst there is a tasty London derby to whet the appetite.
Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur (12:30pm)Embed from Getty Images
Newcastle and Rafa Beitez will be hoping to put a difficult summer behind them here by making a better start to this season than they did this time last year, against same opposition as Tottenham Hotspur visit St James Park.
Spurs meanwhile have had a serene summer off the pitch but several players will be finding their feet again after a glorious summer in Russia.
I am therefore expecting a decent game here because Tottenham will dominate but Newcastle will be solid at the back, after Martin Dubravka impressed during pre season between the sticks.
Ultimately, I can see Tottenham winning if they don’t have a World Cup hangover.
Prediction: Newcastle United 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Jake predicts: Newcastle United 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Result: Newcastle United 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Bournemouth vs Cardiff City
Cardiff face a tricky return to the Premier League because Bournemouth will be tough to overcome.
This is going to be tough for Cardiff because they lack a stand out game changer in their squad, whilst Bournemouth are a solid side who have slowly established themselves despite being known for slow starts to a new season.
I however can’t see that happening here because the Cherries are unbeaten at home against newly promoted teams since arriving in the top flight.
It therefore should be a comfortable home victory if the Cherries turn up ready to deliver.
Prediction: Bournemouth 2-0 Cardiff City
Jake predicts: Bournemouth 1-0 Cardiff City
Result: Bournemouth 2-0 Cardiff City
Fulham vs Crystal Palace
Newly promoted, Fulham will fancy their chances of an opening win here against Crystal Palace.
The Cottagers have spent well this summer, acquiring some top players like Andre Schurrle and Aleksandar Mitrovic so expect them two to be threats when attacking.
Palace meanwhile have added Cheikhou Kouyate who will add creativity whilst keeping Wilfried Zaha, who is going to be one of their key players this season.
I am therefore expecting this match to be quite open and possibly pick up from where Fulham ended their last Premier League stint, when they drew 2-2 with Palace in May 2014.
This time, it will be closer but Fulham have the momentum, having lost just two of last 27 matches.
Prediction: Fulham 2-1 Crystal Palace
Jake predicts: Fulham 2-0 Crystal Palace
Result: Fulham 0-2 Crystal Palace
Huddersfield Town vs ChelseaEmbed from Getty Images
Maurizio Sarri faces a tough opening day debut test as his new Chelsea side visit Huddersfield.
Flashback to this time last season when Chelsea faced Burnley who had finished 16th the previous season, only to suffer a shock opening defeat to the Clarets.
Now a year on, it could be a case of Deva vu after the Terriers finished 16th like Burnley but this time, Chelsea are away and under a new manager.
Although Huddersfield will provide a stern test, I can see the Blues just edging it here because they need as many points as they can before Europa League starts next month.
Prediction: Huddersfield Town 0-2 Chelsea
Jake predicts: Huddersfield Town 0-2 Chelsea
Result: Huddersfield Town 0-3 Chelsea
Watford vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Both teams have invested in their squads this summer so expect a quiet opening game as new acquisitions settle in.
This fixture hasn’t been entertaining with three of their five top flight meetings finishing as draws. Add in Watford’s poor run of no wins in opening match of a new Premier League season, and we have what could very well be a dull fixture.
I can only see a draw here.
Prediction: Watford 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Jake predicts: Watford 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
Result: Watford 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Everton (5:30pm)
Both teams have been active this summer in the transfer window, with Everton particularly impressing on Deadline Day by bringing in three quality players.
Wolves meanwhile have two Euros winners in Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho so will be confident of challenging for a top ten finish like the Toffees.
This match therefore will be an intriguing assessment of where both teams are but Wolves has struggled recently in this fixture.
A draw therefore wouldn’t be bad for either team this weekend so I am going for a draw.
Prediction: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Everton
Jake predicts: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-2 Everton
Result: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-2 Everton