A brand new English Premier League season kicks off this weekend, with a full set of fixtures and a return of fans en masse to grounds across the country as the country emerges from 18 months of Covid-19 lockdowns.
Hot on the heels of England’s runners-up finish at Wembley in the European Championship, domestic kings Manchester City are once again the team to beat.
Pep Guardiola’s side go up against Tottenham in north London as they begin their title defence on Sunday with new signing Jack Grealish among the stars on show.
Cross-Pennine enemies Manchester United and Leeds crack straight on in a fifth gear contest at Old Trafford when they meet for the Saturday lunchtime match.
Top spot is the target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his Red Devils, as they go up against wily old Marcelo Bielsa and his Yorkshire side, who have been plotting a rise even further up the EPL table following their successful top flight comeback.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool bookend the opening Saturday in the evening kick off as they head to Carrow Road to tackle promoted Norwich.
A London derby is sandwiched in between as Chelsea begin a new campaign full of optimism under the impressive charge of Thomas Tuchel.
Crystal Palace are the visitors to Stamford Bridge as they start life under Patrick Vieira, with the Frenchman having taken over from veteran Roy Hodgson.
It’s another capital contest that brings the curtain up on the 2021/22 season on Friday night.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are looking for better following a glum few years at the Emirates, with an intriguing opener away to Brentford following the Bees’ promotion from the Championship.
Saturday also sees Leicester kick off their latest push for the top four, with a home match at the King Power Stadium against fellow Midlands club Wolves under the new management of Bruno Lage.
Rafael Benitez opens his second spell on Merseyside after his controversial appointment as Everton coach, with Southampton the visitors to Goodison Park.
Aston Villa enjoyed a bright season under Dean Smith last time around and they begin life after Grealish with a trip to Vicarage Road as Watford make their top flight return.
Burnley go round again in the Premier League with no signs of the purse strings loosening for long-serving boss Sean Dyche, as Brighton make the long trek to Turf Moor.
West Ham are also heading north on Sunday as they look to repeat last term’s success, with Newcastle standing in their way at St James’ Park.
English Premier League predictions for 13 – 15 August
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.