By News Team
11th September 2020
The Premier League season is officially back, and we’ve got some fantastic fixtures to look forward to on the opening weekend. Here’s our preview of Monday’s matches which see Sheffield United, Wolves, Brighton and Chelsea get their campaigns underway.
Sheffield United v Wolves
Chris Wilders’ Blades were the surprise package of last season. Having secured promoted the season before, they led an incredible charge which saw them fighting for a European spot. Unfortunately, they didn’t quite sustain their brilliance and just missed out on playing in Europe this season. They still managed a more than respectable top-10 finish, though, and will be hoping to build on that this time around.
Wolves had a positive season but like their hosts just missed out on the European spots finishing seventh. They have kept their high-profile players on the books and have been busy in the transfer market, so manager Nuno Espirito Santo will be targeting a European return.
Wolves are the favourites priced at 7/5 while the Blades are 23/10. Nuno’s men will be jumping out the blocks for a quick start to the season and they’ll be hoping leading striker Raul Jiminez will continue the form that has seen him linked with some of Europe’s best clubs. The Mexican is 7/2 to score first on Monday evening.
Brighton v Chelsea
No team has changed more than Frank Lampard’s Chelsea. ‘Super’ Frank has set out to make the squad is own and he has done just that. He has brought in big names with Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, and Hakim Ziyech all joining the Blues. It seems as though Frank’s business in the transfer market is not yet finished either with a number of stars still rumoured to be on his wish list.
Brighton had a positive first season under Graham Potter and have added Premier League winner Adam Lallana to their ranks, who will add experience as well as quality to a team that played some decent football last season. The Seagulls finished in 15th position last term, 13 points ahead of safety and will be hoping to push on this season as they look upwards as opposed to down.
Given their summer spending spree and the difference in the table last season, it’s unsurprising Chelsea are the 13/20 favourites here, with the Seagulls 17/4. We know a couple of Chelsea’s new boys won’t be available for this one, but for those that are, it will be interesting to see how many of them Lampard throws in from the start. Two of them, Werner and Havertz are 10/11 and 17/10 to score anytime.