Premier League Round-Up: Sunday 12/08/18

Premier League Round-Up: Sunday 12/08/18

Liverpool vs West Ham – 13:30

Liverpool have had arguably the best transfer window in the Premier League, spending around £170 million this summer to address their problems from last season. Brazilian number one Alisson signed from Roma to replace the mistake-ridden Loris Karius between the sticks. Fabinho and Naby Keita have come in to improve their midfield options and winger Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke for just £13 million is possibly the bargain of the window.

The Reds are expected to challenge for the title this season but they’ll have to find a way to turn some of last seasons 12 draws into wins and will be reliant on their new shot stopper as well as January signing Virgil Van Dijk to sure up defensive errors which have cost them in recent seasons. Liverpool lost just one of their nine pre-season games, which included victories over both Manchester clubs so will come into the season full of confidence. Jurgen Klopp’s side are considered the closest challengers to Manchester City this term and will be desperate to get off to a good start to stake a claim towards their first ever Premier League title.

Manuel Pellegrini is the latest man in the West Ham hot seat ahead of the new season. The Chilean won the Premier League title with Manchester City in 2013/14 and has been trusted with getting West Ham away from a relegation battle this term. Pellegrini has been given the funds to do so too after spending nearly £100 million on nine new players and are expected to be pushing towards a Europa League spot come May.

The Hammers will take confidence into this one after winning each of their last four pre-season games and bolstered their squad even further on deadline day with the signings of Lucas Perez from Arsenal and Carlos Sanchez from Fiorentina, so they’ll be looking to make an immediate impact with a shock result here. The Reds have scored at least 4 goals in their last 3 matches against the Hammers, so we expect goals in this one.

Recommended Bet

Over 3.5 goals at 10/11 with Betfair

Southampton vs Burnley – 13:30

Mark Hughes managed to save Southampton from the drop last season after the sacking of Mauricio Pellegrino in March. After massive wins over Bournemouth and Swansea, the Saints were able to nudge themselves one place above the drop come the end of last season. The South Coast club have struggled for consistency in recent years and Mark Hughes will want to steady the ship this campaign to help avoid another relegation battle.

The Saints have brought in a number of players to bolster their attack who they’ll look to in order to turn last seasons massive 15 draws into wins this campaign. The signings of winger Mohammed Elyounoussi from Basel, Stuart Armstrong from Celtic and Danny Ings on loan from Liverpool has led Mark Hughes to believe they have more about about them going forward this season, but keeping star front man Charlie Austin fit will have a major impact on their success this term. The former QPR forward scored 7 goals in just 10 Premier League starts last season and he’ll want to start the season with a goal on Sunday to help the Saints get off to the best possible start this term.

Sean Dyche’s Burnley were the Leagues overachievers in 2017/18, finishing in 7th place and getting the Clarets back into European football for the first time in 50 years. Their European adventure has already got underway with the Europa League qualifying rounds and this weekend will be the first major test of the Clarets’ squad depth ahead of what will be a long season for for the Lancashire club.

The Europa League ‘hangover’ has caused a number of sides trouble over recent seasons and Clarets fans will fear that their European run could come at a huge cost to their Premier League campaign and could see them heading back towards the bottom of the table. On Thursday, Dyche’s men were held to a 0-0 draw with Istanbul Basaksehir in the first leg of the 3rd qualifying round in the Europa League, so their small squad will definitely be tired for this clash at St Mary’s. Due to Burnley’ recent Europa League exploits, backing the Saints here could be a good bet.

Recommended Bet

Southampton to win 10/11 with Betway

Arsenal vs Manchester City – 16:00

Arsenal’s first competitive game since the departure of Arsene Wenger couldn’t be any tougher. They welcome runaway Premier League Champions Manchester City in Unai Emery’s first game in charge of the Gunners in the pick of this weekend’s fixtures. Emery will be confident coming into the new season after filling a number of voids that have been missing at Arsenal for some time. Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno and Sokratis are all filling in areas where Arsenal have been missing players in recent years but Emery has got his business done early and has improved the squad massively.

After missing out on Champions League football last term, Emery will be desperate to get this Arsenal side back into the top 4 and is set to prioritise the Premier League over the Europa League to break back into Europe’s premier competition. The visit of Manchester City is the first of two major tests in the Spaniard’s opening games in charge. With a visit to Stamford Bridge next weekend, two poor results could see Emery under immediate pressure from the Arsenal fans, so he’ll be desperate for a solid performance here on home soil.

No one needs to be reminded of how Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side blew everyone out of the title race last season and they’re favourites to do so once again. Winning the title this season will make City the first side this decade to retain the Premier League title and Guardiola will be determined for his side to do just that. City have had a surprisingly quiet transfer window with just Riyad Mahrez joining from Leicester City as a major summer signing, but arguably City didn’t need to do much after being so impressive last term.

City have won 31 of their last 36 Premier League matches and will want to stamp their authority once again with a victory over another one of the top 6 to begin their title defence. Last weekends 2-0 victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield showed that the Citizens have no hangover from last seasons Premier League triumph and are out to prove they’re still the side to beat this time around.

Recommended Bet

Manchester City to win and BTTS at 12/5 with William Hill