Champions City start title defence at West Ham

Pep Guardiola

Manchester City go to West Ham United (Match Betting – West Ham 6/1, draw 10/3, Man City 2/5) on the opening day of the season as they seek to defend their Premier League crown while Liverpool face a trip to newly-promoted Fulham.

City are looking to win their seventh Premier League title and fifth under Pep Guardiola while Jurgen Klopp’s Reds will hope to reclaim the crown they won in 2020.

West Ham away on August 6 represents a tricky start for Guardiola’s side with the Hammer seeking a European finish for the third consecutive season under David Moyes.

Liverpool’s opener is more gentle on paper with Fulham (Match Betting – Fulham 7/1, draw 9/2, Liverpool 2/7) back in the top flight following a year absence – they were by far the best team in the Championship and boasted the country’s top goalscorer in Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Manchester United begin the Erik ten Hag era at home to Brighton (Match Betting – Man United 8/13, draw 11/4, Brighton 4/1) with the Dutchman hoping to get off to a flying start.

Ten Hag replaces Ralf Rangnick who will not be staying at Old Trafford in a consultancy role and there could be a new-look squad at Old Trafford.

The first Premier League game of the new season sees Arsenal travel to Crystal Palace (Match Betting – Crystal Palace 11/5, draw 12/5, Arsenal 11/10) on Friday August 5 with Mikel Arteta’s side desperate to end the year in the top four.

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Tottenham Hotspur pipped their arch rivals to achieve that last year and Antonio Conte’s side face Southampton (Match Betting – Spurs 2/5, draw 10/3, Southampton 13/2) at home on the opening day while Frank Lampard is reunited with Chelsea on day one as they go to Everton (Match Betting – Everton 7/2, draw 5/2, Chelsea 8/11).

Nottingham Forest are back in the top flight following a 23-year absence and Newcastle United (Match Betting – Newcastle 4/6, draw 5/2, Forest 4/1) away represents a tough baptism, with Eddie Howe’s side likely to spend big this summer.

Bournemouth are at home to the ambitious Aston Villa (Match Betting – Bournemouth 2/1, draw 12/5, Aston Villa 6/5) on the opening day with Steven Gerrard’s side already making up ground in the transfer market.

Jesse Marsch’s Leeds United have also been busy so far this summer and they face Wolverhampton Wanderers (Match Betting – Leeds 11/8, draw 23/10, Wolves 7/4) at home with the Whites looking to avoid being dragged into another relegation battle.

Finally, Leicester City will be looking to get back into Europe and they face a home game against Brentford (Match Betting – Leicester 5/6, draw 12/5, Brentford 3/1) who begin their second Premier League campaign.

All fixtures are played between Friday August 5 and Sunday August 7.

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Author: Lucille White