It may seem just a few weeks ago that we were enjoying the finale of the European Championship, but the start of the new Premier League season is already upon us.

The action kicks off on Friday night as newly promoted Brentford, in their first ever Premier League season, welcome their London rivals Arsenal to the Brentford Community Stadium for the opening game of what promises to be an exciting campaign.

This will be followed by a further nine games across Saturday and Sunday as all 20 teams get their first game of the season played.

In this article, we are going to give you some brief tips for those games as well as giving you our picks for some of the best outright markets available on the Premier League with bet365 Sport.

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All odds shown in this article were correct with bet365 Sport at the time of writing and lets begin our look at the new season with our picks for some of the most popular outright winner markets for the season ahead.

Premier League – Outright Markets

  • Outright Winner – Chelsea (5/1)

For me, there are essentially just four teams in with a chance of lifting the Premier League titleFree Bet365 Soccer Spins this season. Last season’s winners Manchester City, their rivals Manchester United, the winners from the 2019/20 season Liverpool and my pick, Champions League and Super Cup winners, Chelsea.

Why have I gone for Chelsea? Well, I have assumed that Manchester City won’t be able to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham this year. If City do, then I’d revise this and back them to win the league again this season. But without Kane, I do feel that City are very lightweight in attack especially across the whole season.

Manchester United I feel will be closer to the top this season and so will Liverpool. United have made a couple of fantastic signings in Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane and I expect them to be in the thick of things right to the death.

Liverpool will welcome back a number of key defenders who missed most of last season and have also signed Konate from Red Bull Leipzig, but I think not replacing Gini Wijnaldum as yet may mean that they are the team that finishes fourth out of this group.

I see Man City without Kane finishing third, United replicating their second-place finish of last season and Chelsea adding a Premier League title after a successful end to last season.

However, if City sign Kane before the end of the transfer window in a couple of weeks’ time, then I would instead fancy City to retain the title they won last season.

  • To Be Relegated – Brentford (11/10), Watford (Evens), Brighton (6/1)

Not all teams will be going into the season thinking about winning the Premier League title. For a number of teams, survival to next season is all that matters and I think this year’s battle against the drop will be a tough one, once again, for newly promoted teams.

Of the three teams that come up last season, I think Norwich are perhaps best suited to stay in the top flight, despite them being favourites for the drop. I feel Watford and particularly Brentford are going to struggle in this division once again and as such, I feel they will likely be heading back into the Championship next season.

Who joins them is a more intriguing question and I think while a number of teams like Palace, Southampton, Wolves, Burnley and Newcastle have been perennially battling against the drop that it could be Brighton’s turn to suffer relegation this season.

Having lost Ben White to Arsenal, the Seagulls haven’t really replaced him and their lack of goals and inability to win enough games does make me worry that this may be the season that they get found out and end up facing the drop back into the Championship.

  • Leading Goalscorer – Mo Salah (Liverpool) (9/2)

Again, there is a proviso with this selection for the top goalscorer this season. Harry Kane is the 10/3 favourite here with Spurs but I think Kane would only be my bet if he gets his wish of a move away from the club and to Manchester City. If he does, then Kane would be my selection here instead of Salah.

Another thing to look out for in this market in particular is the possible arrival of Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea from Inter Milan. That deal seems a possibility at the time of writing and if Chelsea get him then he is going to be a very good option in this market, especially if the Londoners can sign him quickly so he doesn’t miss too many of the opening games of the season.

However, with Liverpool’s main attack settled with Salah the first name on the teamsheet out of Liverpool’s wealth of attacking options, and the fact he has been challenging for top goalscorer every year since he signed for the club, I think at the moment, he is the best available option. Though that could change over the coming weeks,

Premier League Matchday 1 Fixtures & Tips

Friday 13th August

  • Brentford v Arsenal – Away Win (4/5)

Saturday 14th August

  • Manchester United v Leeds United – Home Win (8/15)
  • Burnley v Brighton – Home Win (21/10)
  • Chelsea v Crystal Palace – Home Win (1/4)
  • Everton v Southampton – Home Win (10/11)
  • Leicester City v Wolves – Home Win (4/6)
  • Watford v Aston Villa – Away Win (5/4)
  • Norwich City v Liverpool – Away Win (3/10)

Sunday 15th August

  • Newcastle United v West Ham United – Draw (5/2)
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City – Draw (16/5)

It should certainly be an interesting start to the new season with a London derby to kick things off on Friday, followed by a massive clash between old rivals Manchester United and Leeds United on Saturday lunchtime.

Chelsea face a London derby with Crystal Palace on their way to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, while in the evening, Liverpool get their campaign underway away to Norwich City.

Sunday sees two big games as Newcastle United and West Ham meet at St James’ Park while Spurs open their season with a massive battle against defending Champions Manchester City.

You can see my tips for each of the games above and you can back these singly, or combine them into an accumulator if you prefer.

We will of course be covering the EPL extensively throughout the season on Bonus Code Poker, so do check back regularly to get the latest news and tips.