By News Team
10th September 2020
It’s the day football fans up and down the country have been looking forward to – the return of the Premier League.
There are a great set of fixtures on the opening day and here is our look ahead to the best of them.
Captain fantastic to lead Gunners to victory again?
The 2020/21 Premier League season gets underway with Championship play-off winners Fulham hosting Arsenal at Craven Cottage on Saturday lunchtime. Arsenal, fresh off their victory over Liverpool in the Community Shield, are the unsurprising 11/20 favourites for this one, with their hosts available at 5/1.
Fulham boss Scott Parker will be hoping his side can do much better in the Premier League than they did two seasons ago where a leaky defence cost them dear as they were relegated. They showed great battling qualities to make a return to England’s top-flight after just one season, though, and they’ve kept the same bunch of players that served them so well in the Championship last term. They’ll be relying heavily on Aleksandar Mitrovic for the majority of their goals with the Serbian forward once again a key man for Parker. Mitrovic has 49 goals in 100 matches for Fulham and he’s 7/5 to score against the Gunners on Saturday.
He’s the danger man for Fulham and that’s definitely the case with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who given his brilliant goal against Liverpool in the aforementioned Community Shield, looks in great form ahead of the start of the new campaign. The Gabonese striker missed out on the Golden Boot by just one strike last season and he’ll be hoping to go one better this time around. He’ll be licking his lips at the thought of playing Fulham with the 31-year-old boasting an impressive goal-scoring record against newly-promoted teams. He’s scored 12 times in 13 games against them and is 23/10 to open the scoring at Craven Cottage.
How will Bielsa’s men fare on their return?
Arguably the match of the opening weekend sees reigning Premier League champions Liverpool take on Leeds at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp v Marcelo Bielsa.
As mentioned, Liverpool were defeated by Arsenal on penalties in the Community Shield, which obviously wasn’t the ideal start to the new campaign – although they lost to Manchester City in that competition last season and we all know how the rest of it went, so you can’t imagine Klopp will be too worried. Although a number of their rivals have been busy in the transfer market, Liverpool have been quiet with only Kostas Tsimikas being brought in, although the rumours of a move for Thiago (2/5 to join from Bayern Munich) continue to surface. Liverpool, who have won their last two opening games of the season by an aggregate of eight goals to one, are the 2/7 favourites for victory here.
It’s been a long 16 years for Leeds fans, but they are finally back in the Premier League and with Bielsa at the helm, big things are expected. He might not be the most orthodox, but the Argentinian is about as good a tactician as there is and this won’t be easy for Liverpool. He’s kept the crux of the side which did so well in the Championship last season, but has added quality with Robin Koch and Rodrigo joining from Freiburg and Valencia respectively. Beating relegation is obviously the first job, but this is a side with quality in it and Bielsa is a brilliant manager to steer the ship in the right direction. Leeds are 9/1 for a famous opening day win.