The drama of the Premier League returns for a 26th release this weekend with the stakes – and transfer fees – higher than any time in recent memory.
For an opposition at present abiding in a level of sentimentality, on the event of its 25th birthday celebration, the opinion is in incomprehensible but typically short supply at the best end of English football.
Only 83 days after Chelsea win the Premier League, Arsenal and Leicester commence the new season on Friday night with a shower of goals in a 4-3 thriller at the Emirate, every one of the 20 teams essentially and desperately looking forward as opposed to in reverse.
The Premier League is back, Cheapgoals brings you few hints and predictions for the first batch of games to be played this weekend.
- WATFORD VS LIVERPOOL
Minnows Watford go into this game after a humble off-season, whilst Liverpool will not be able to field their bone of contention on the transfer market Philippe Coutinho as his injury will keep him out of this tie. Liverpool are rumoured to be refusing almost £100m for their star attacker. Meanwhile, Salah will start the match alongside Mane and Firmino with Sturridge out injured again. Troy Deeney will be out for Watford as he is also nursing an injury. Liverpool has won their last 4 EPL openers and we expect them to get their 5th winning start on this one. Keep in mind that Liverpool’s midfield will be without Lallana (injured).
Liverpool over 1.5 team goals
Over 4 first half corners
Salah to score anytime
- SOUTHAMPTON VS SWANSEA
Manuel Pellegrini will be at his first game in charge this Saturday in what promises to be a nice season for the Saints. Swansea, on the other hand, will be somewhat having a 38 game relegation battle as their best player Sigurdsson sits this one out as it seems he is on the way to Everton. Their next best player, Fernando Llorente is also out with a broken hand. This means that their scoring power is at an all time low. On the other hand, Southampton are dealing with want away defender Van Dijk but are still likely to stay on form with Gabbiadini up front.
Southampton to win outright
Match goals Under 2.5
Southampton over 1.5 goals
- CHELSEA VS BURNLEY
Fresh off a disappointing loss at the hands of Arsenal last Sunday, Chelsea comes to this encounter wanting to start their title defence on the right foot. Alvaro Morata wants to get his scoring rhythm going and wants to prove his price tag. He was a promising striker at Juventus and Real Madrid so no reason why he shouldn’t be successful in the Premier League. Hazard will be out for this one whilst nursing an injury. Moses will be in and also Rudiger. Chelsea will win this one hand down and will get off to an encouraging start. Nothing much to say about Burnley unfortunately. They seem destined for the drop.
Chelsea to win by 2 or more goals
Chelsea to score in the first half
- BRIGHTON VS MAN CITY
Newly promoted seaside outfit Brighton come into this game knowing it is an uphill climb but a first chance at proving the doubters wrong. On the other hand, Manchester City and Pep Guardiola will be looking for nothing less than a convincing statement win. Guardiola has really spent good money this summer fortifying his backline. The defence really let him down last season bagging a number of comeback goals when being in the lead. Expect all but Mendy in the defensive line to be on display this Saturday when they take on Brighton at the Falmer stadium. With Gabriel Jesus and Aguero expected to start this match, we expect nothing short of annihilation.
Man City to win and over 2.5 goals
Over 1.5 half time goals
Gabriel Jesus to score anytime
- EVERTON VS STOKE CITY
Wayne Rooney’s coveted return to the Toffees is finally here. Having left as a boy and returned as a man, Rooney will be gunning for his first official Everton goal in a competitive match. He will be alongside Sandro Ramirez and most likely Calvert-Lewin. Everton will be missing some key players such as the outgoing Ross Barkley and obviously their main hitman for the last three seasons, Lukaku, now at Manchester United. On the other hand, Stoke City do not come into this match at full force. Rather they really miss their important players such as newly signed Yannick Bolasie, Funes Mori and Coleman are all out with long term injuries. Arnautovic is no longer there after having moved to West Ham and he will likely be replaced in the lineup by Max Choupo-Moting. This may mean good news for Stoke as he better suits the running free flowing football that Hughes likes to implement. Lots of corners in this one.
Everton to win outright
Wayne Rooney to score anytime
Over 2.5 goals
- MAN UNITED VS WEST HAM
This week Real Madrid showed their class against an improved Man Utd side. Mourinho’s second year at any club has always been his strongest. With the signings of Lukaku, Matic and Lindelof, expect a strong campaign from Mou’s boys. West Ham comes into this season with some new signings. Namely Arnautovic and Zabaleta. This will definitely feature in the line up on Sunday to give Man Utd a run for their money. Bilic’s men will look to make life tough for Man Utd but we only see one winner here.
Man Utd over 1.5 team goals
Lukaku to score anytime
Over 9 total corners
- NEWCASTLE VS TOTTENHAM
The first of Sunday’s two games is a tough fixture to call. Newly promoted Newcastle under Rafa Benitez’s care look to stick it out this season. Perhaps looking to advance in the EFL or FA cup whilst keeping a decent mid-table spot. Tottenham, on the other hand, come off an impressive 2nd place last season to a very disappointing summer transfer market that saw them lose Kyle Walker to Man City and not signing a single soul to improve their squad. Nevertheless, it was always recommended to not change a winning horse. Harry Kane will bag loads of goals this season and this is the only way Tottenham can hope to avoid anything worse than 6th place in a direct encounter with Everton. All teams placing 1st to 8th last season have improved their squad, whilst the spurs have not moved an inch. Bore draw in this one.
Draw game – no winners here but high odds
Harry Kane to score anytime
Over 3.5 yellow cards
Super League: Respect & Dialogue Needed To Restore Normality
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, disapproving the concept of Super League
President Gianni Infantino has called for respect and dialogue as he expressed FIFA’s strong disapproval of the proposed European Superleague project, and has requested that the concerned parties consider their position in line with respecting the institutions that exist to protect the interest of national, European, and global football.
“FIFA is an organization which is built on values, the true values of sport,” said the FIFA President in his address to the 45th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Montreux, Switzerland.
“It is an organization that is built on our statutes, the statutes that define the institutional framework, with the pyramid, with FIFA, the confederations, the associations, the leagues, the clubs, the players. And at FIFA, we can only strongly disapprove of the creation of a super league which is a closed shop, which is a breakaway from the current institutions, from the leagues, from the associations, from UEFA, and from FIFA, which is outside of the system. There is no doubt whatsoever of FIFA’s disapproval for this.”
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, and a model that he promoted in his 16 years at UEFA:
“FIFA is here, and I am here today as FIFA President, to bring full support to European football, to UEFA, and the 55 member associations of UEFA and of FIFA, to the leagues, clubs, players, and to fans. To all the fans, all over Europe, and actually all over the world as well.”
“We can see that there is a lot to throw away for the short-term financial gain of some,” the FIFA President added. “People need to think very carefully, they need to reflect, and they need to assume responsibility. They need to think not only of their shareholders, but they need to think about all the people, of all the fans, of all those who have contributed to making European football what it is today. It goes back not only decades, it goes back more than one hundred years. People – with love, with passion, with commitment – have created all this. And we need to protect this. It is our task.”
“FIFA is a democratic organization, an organization that is open,” the FIFA President concluded. “Everyone can bring ideas and proposals, but always with respect for the institutions, leagues, associations, UEFA, and FIFA.
With respect for the history and with the respect for the passion of so many people around the world. I understand as well that on these particular days, emotions are very high, but we need to always keep the line. Football is hope, and it is our responsibility to make hope a reality. So we hope that everything will go back to normal and that everything will be settled, but always with acting responsibly, with respect, with solidarity, and always in the interest of national, European, and global football.”
2 Potential Manager To Replace Hansi Flick
Hansi Flick awesome reign with the Bavarian giant is gradually winding down, as it’s looking likely that he may not further manage the Die Roten next season.
Bayern Munich’s quest to win the Champions League consecutively came to end on Tuesday night, via the UEFA’s away goal rules having lost the first leg at home to Paris Saint Germain in the quarter-finals despite being the better side at home.
The Bavarian giant will now focus on league duty and they’re no doubt the team in pole position to win the Bundesliga, as the 2020-21 campaign is gradually coasting home with fewer games left to be played. In that regard, there is a great need for Die Roten to start preparing for next season administration and coaching wise.
The friction relationship between Hansi Flick and the Sports Director has broken down to such as extent that the manager has decided to terminate his current contract.
Hansi Flick sent shock waves through German football on Saturday after a 3-2 win over Wolfburg which keeps the Bavarian in pole position to retain the league title. Hansi Flick issued a statement about his decision to exit when the current campaign draws to a close.
“I told the team today that I informed the club during the week, after the game in Paris, I would like to terminate my contract at the end of the season.
“It was important to me that the team learn this from me because there was already a lot of hallway rumours going around.
“We’ve done a great job together for almost two years. I’m absolutely impressed with this team, their quality and their attitude.”
He added: “I also want to thank the club that gave me the chance to manage this incredible team.
“This decision was not easy for me. I’m a fan of this club. Gerd Müller, Paul Breitner, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge all were childhood idols for me.
“I’m eternally grateful to the club for the chance they gave me to become head coach here.”
It’s quite evident that a new manager would be appointed to pave way for a new rebuild of the team especially with the looming departure of David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, and Javi Martinez.
Two potential top managers that could succeed Hansi Flick, should he accept Die Mannschaft managerial position.
- Julien Nagelsmann – (RB Leipzig)
Nagelsmann has been rumoured as a possible replacement to succeed not one but many managers in Europe’s top-flight leagues whose future with their respective clubs are not guaranteed. This time around, the 33-year-old has been rumoured to be one of the possible potential managers to succeed Hansi Flick.
It could be argued that Nagelsmann is the tailor-made manager to take over the reins at the Allianz Arena, and there is no doubt RB Leipzig manager would certainly harbour the dream of managing one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Nagelsmann is presently focusing on the job at hand with RB Leipzig, plus the fact that he’s still under contract with his employers until the end of the 2022-23 season.
With RB Leipzig and Nagelsmann flying high in the Bundesliga in terms of team performances, with next season European football spot already secured, the club’s Executive Director Oliver Mintzlaff may consider letting him leave to join their rival.
However, it’s left to be seen how things would shape up at the end of the campaign.
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- Jurgen Klopp – (Liverpool)
The relationship the German tactician has achieved thus far with Liverpool started in 2015 when he joined the Kop from Borussia Dortmund, since then he has achieved quite an incredible success with the Reds winning their first league title after thirty years and a Champions League triumph.
Liverpool were eliminated early in both domestic cup competitions and failed to progress past the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and it’s quite impossible to say that the Kop will defend their title with their current epileptic form in the Premier League especially when it’s looking done and dusted that the cityzen would clinch the title.
Having used close to six years with Liverpool since he joined the Anfield side, this could be the perfect time for the former Borussia Dortmund manager to take up a new challenge. However, despite Liverpool’s unpalatable 2020-21 campaign, the German has often reiterated that he is in no way finished at Liverpool, despite been link to the Bayern Munich and Die Mannschaft managerial position.
Given his incredible success with BVB, it’s quite evident that he would one day go on to manage either Die Roten or Die Mannschaft. Should Bayern secure the service of Klopp, he would certainly be the right and wise choice for the Bavarian giant.
At the end of the campaign, there would be a breath of fresh air in the Bavarian giant camp, with the new CEO Oliver Kahn taking the mantle of leadership from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. In that sense, it’s left to be seen if the incoming leader would sanction the appointment of a new manager or stick with Hansi Flick. Only time would tell.