Premier League – MW 1
Liverpool vs. Norwich
It all kicks off on Friday night as Liverpool welcome newly promoted Norwich City for the first Premier League game of the 19/20 season. The teams have good squads to select from and Norwich will be going to Anfield looking to avoid defeat with anything more a bonus. Liverpool will be looking to win big as they look to win the title this season. Jurgen Klopp vs. Daniel Farke in the first game.
West Ham vs. Man City
Man City travel to West Ham as Pelligrini welcomes his ex club for both teams first game of the season. West Ham have brought in some good players during the summer window while Pep has also improved his squad over the summer. Neither team will want to drop points and city will be looking to match or do better than Liverpool as they look to begin their campaign of retaining the title.
Bournemouth vs. Sheffield United
Bournemouth take on Chris Wilder’s promoted Sheffield United as they welcome the newbies to the Premier League. Bournemouth are looking to finish in the top 10 in the coming season while Sheffield will be hoping to survive in the Premier League this season. I personally do not know what to expect from Sheffield but I do expect Bournemouth to get a 3 points.
Burnley vs. Southampton
Burnley and Southampton go head to head in their first fixture of the season as one team looks for a top 10 finish and the other is expected to fight for survival. Burnley have done better business in the window while Southampton have not been great and so I expect Burnley to win this game.
Crystal Palace vs. Everton
Hodgson welcomes Silva’s Everton to Selhurst Park as they look to start the season in a positive manner. Everton are raring to go after a good transfer window and a demotivated Palace side is the perfect team to open the season with. Everton are looking to finish as high as they can in the top 10 and so I expect Silva’s team to run riot at Selhurst Park.
Watford vs. Brighton
The Seagulls under new manager Graham Potter travel to Javi Gracia’s Watford as they look to do better than they did last season. Brighton are one of the favourites to get relegated while Watford are looking at a top 10 finish. Watford have had a better window as well but Potter has made some good signings. An interesting game awaits.
Tottenham vs. Aston Villa
A London Derby for Tottenham on opening weekend as they welcome promoted Aston Villa. Dean Smith has made a platitude of signings at Villa as they prepared themselves for the league. Tottenham have brought in Ndombele, Lo Celso and Sessegnon although Ndombele should be the only one who starts this game. Villa are one of the favourites to get relegated but I expect them to finish above 15th comfortably. Villa’s assistant manager also happens to be a certain John Terry and so hopefully they can take points off of Spurs.
Leicester vs. Wolverhampton
Rodgers takes on Nuno in a battle between two teams who are expected to challenge Chelsea, Arsenal, and United for a top four position. The teams have made some good signings and this should be a quality game to start Super Sunday.
Newcastle vs. Arsenal
Steve Bruce takes on Arsenal in his first game in charge of Newcastle on Sunday. The teams have had contrasting summers as Newcastle started so positively to end with a bummer while Arsenal were slow at first but made some quality additions in the final few weeks. Arsenal’s big problem for the last two seasons has been away days while Newcastle were strong at home last season. Can Bruce carry on what Benitez started it remains to be seen.
Ligue 1 – MW 1
Ligue 1 kicks off this weekend as well as PSG look to retain their title for the upteenth time. Unlike elsewhere in Europe I see no team that can realistically challenge PSG for the title and so as of now they might as well give it to PSG. For someone else to win it they will not only have to be good but they will also need PSG to implode. Monaco take on Lyon in a great fixture to start the season as Monaco look to finish at the other end of the table than last season while Lyon look to challenge PSG. Marseille take on Stade Reims, Lille take on Nantes, and PSG welcome Nimes.