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English Premier league season 2016 - 2017 WEEK1 Preview

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Another season of English Premier League (EPL) is on the anvil which is good news for all football lovers. With the transfer season seeing some of the biggest names moving to the Premier League, this year promises to be one of the most exciting. We preview the action in the first weekend.

Leicester City start their title defense at newly promoted Hull City. The Tigers are one of the most under-prepared sides of this season and the Foxes should win easily. Jamie Vardy at odds of 7/5 (William Hill) is a good bet to be anytime scorer.

Manchester City start a new era under Pep Guardiola at the Stadium of Light where Sunderland will begin their own David Moyes era. Moyes generally likes his sides defending deep and backing under 2.5 goals at odds of 6/4 (William Hill) may be a little enticing.

Ronald Koeman will start his Everton reign when they welcome Tottenham Hotspurs. Everton started their last three seasons with 2-2 draws and this year looks good to start with another draw – odds of 21/10 with William Hill.

Jose Mourinho will start his Red Devils career with a trip to Bournemouth where Eddie Howe will be a tough nut to crack. There’s no value on United win but back Zlatan Ibrahimovic to find the net any time at odds of 6/5 with William Hill.

The biggest match should be at the Emirates where injury-plagued Arsenal take on Liverpool. Arsene Wenger is struggling to solve his injury riddle which should give hope to Jurgen Klopp’s men. Both sides look good enough to score while Alexis Sanchez at odds of 6/4 (William Hill) is an exciting bet to score anytime.

The weekend games will be followed by Monday night action at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea host London rivals West Ham. Antonio Conte will make his home stadium bow but if West Ham continue their last season away form they should prove tough for the hosts. Conte is known to keep a tight defensive leash so expect this game to go under 1.5 goals – a risky bet at odds of 3/1 (William Hill).

Among other matches, Crystal Palace welcome West Brom which should be a close game while newcomers Burnley take on Swansea and Middlesbrough welcome Stoke City in games which should be exciting for the home fans. Also keep an eye on Southampton taking on Watford which may end up as high scoring.

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