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Premier League: Round 1 Predictions

A brand new Premier League season is here and it's set to be a very unique one as there's the small matter of a FIFA World Cup taking place midway through it.

That pause during November and December will no doubt have a huge impact on how this campaign plays out but for now, let's not look too far ahead as it's time to focus on our Round 1 Superbru picks!

If you're yet to do so, make sure you've joined our Premier League Predictor game and if you're keen to play our Odds-based Fantasy game as well this season, picks are already open for the first 3 rounds as there's a daily format meaning you need to pick 4 players for Friday, 4 players for Saturday and 4 players for Sunday.

With no form to go off and all teams feeling fresh and optimistic about the new season, Round 1 of our Predictor isn't always the easiest but here are my opening predictions! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in the comments.

Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal

This is the sort of game that I’d usually be thinking Arsenal will lose as it’s an evening match on the road with a strong home crowd - we often see them struggle in such situations. However, there’s definitely a positive vibe around the Gunners at the moment despite how last season ended and I think they might just edge this - Gabriel Jesus has shown in pre-season that he could well have the big season many are expecting now that’s he’s a first choice striker. Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

Fulham vs. Liverpool

This is very likely to be an away win. I think Fulham might do alright this season, and I backed them to stay up in my season preview, so getting this fixture out the way early on might not be the worst thing and they perhaps even have a slightly increased chance of an upset on the opening weekend rather than facing Liverpool when they have more momentum. You'd have to be brave to pick them, though. Prediction: Fulham 0-3 Liverpool

Bournemouth vs. Aston Villa

A tricky one. Though I think Villa are the stronger side and Bournemouth will struggle this season, this is a home game that is winnable for the Cherries and one that they’ll probably say represents an opportunity for precious points. However, if Villa can weather any early pressure there might be, I think they’ll be OK. Prediction: Bournemouth 1-2 Aston Villa

Leeds vs. Wolves

A good opportunity for both teams to start with a win, particularly Leeds since they’re at home, but Wolves are tough to beat and I’m going for a draw. Leeds also have quite a few new players that may need time to adjust in contrast to a Wolves side that is very settled. Patrick Bamford being back is crucial for the hosts but it remains to be seen if he can remain fit for a long period of time which is what they'll need... Prediction: Leeds 1-1 Wolves

Newcastle vs. Nottingham Forest

Forest should be great to watch this season as they’re finally back in the top flight and have even made some big moves in the market with Jesse Lingard the obvious big name but I think Newcastle will take the points here. It seems Eddie Howe is slightly frustrated that the Magpies have struggled to bring in players as quickly as he’d have liked but Newcastle were excellent at the back end of last season and should have more than enough to win this opener. Prediction: Newcastle 3-1 Nottingham Forest

Tottenham vs. Southampton

I’m not convinced Tottenham will be quite as strong as some people are claiming they’ll be this season but there’s no doubt Conte is a winner and a solid start to this new campaign could change my mind. This should certainly be 3 points to begin with and I’m interested to see who starts at right wing-back as they along with Perisic will be decent Odds-based Fantasy options this year. Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Southampton

Everton vs. Chelsea

Everton won this fixture last season when the pressure was on and it’s definitely possible that they can do so again here as Chelsea haven’t had the most convincing pre-season. I’m a little unsure about whether or not the visitors will finish the chances they’ll have and Chelsea often struggle at Goodison so let's go with a draw here. Prediction: Everton 1-1 Chelsea

Leicester vs. Brentford

What’s going on at Leicester? I said in my season preview that we haven’t seen the reset I thought we would and now, rather than some exciting late arrivals, Kasper Schmeichel has left and they’re having to fight to hold on to Wesley Fofana too. Their first XI remains capable of winning this game but I’m a little concerned for the Foxes. Brentford are quite strong so let’s go with another draw. Prediction: Leicester 1-1 Brentford

Manchester United vs. Brighton

Manchester United remain unsettled as they still haven’t signed top target Frenkie de Jong and Cristiano Ronaldo supposedly still wants to leave but hasn’t, meaning Erik ten Hag probably hasn’t been able to focus on his approach to this match quite as much as he’d have liked. Nevertheless, there has been encouraging signs in pre-season and Brighton aren’t overly settled themselves with Marc Cucurella’s exit generating plenty of headlines. Yves Bissouma is a huge loss in midfield as well and I think United will win this. Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Brighton

West Ham vs. Manchester City

A very difficult start for the champions after a disappointing result in the Community Shield but I think we’ll see Erling Haaland in particular showing an eagerness to get things right. City didn’t start last season well which is reason for further hesitancy but they’re more likely to win than not. For West Ham, Gianluca Scamacca is an exciting arrival but I’m not sure how easy it will be for him to fit into this David Moyes team early in the season. Let’s see! Prediction: West Ham 0-2 Manchester City

Good luck with your own Round 1 picks!

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Good Luck to all in the new season, a season full of surprises, no doubt.

I just hope that Leeds United will be Marsching On Together and consolidate their position as a Premier League Club, without the anxiety of last season. A special mention for Nottingham Forest and their manager, it is also great to see them back at the top table.

4 Aug 15:29
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Wheres our Familia group
4 Aug 18:39
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HANG ON - Did Superbru just hit TWO MILLION players (historically speaking) !!!!???

Party Party Party!!!
5 Aug 00:37
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Congratulations Superbru! What a milestone. Let's have a round of... tequila! 5 Aug 03:28
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We did indeed just hit 2m! Hooray! Thanks chaps. 5 Aug 07:34
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Well done but to be a damp squip how many of the 2,000,000 are active SB participants?
Would be an interesting exercise to ascertain... 5 Aug 09:15
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2M !!! Well done Superbru. Keep up the great work . Onward and upwards . 5 Aug 11:31
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The General himself once estimated that about 400k are reasonably active. When I vet new recruits from new Global Top10s only about half pass my minimum of 30 contests in the last calender year rule. The more obscure contests tend to attract just the 80 plus a year 'Addicts' though. Contests like the Pakistani T20 with only 2.5k players.

But I think The General could be basing his 400k on the BIGGEST tournaments like the Rugby & Football World Cups, where most regulars have a bash and new recruits discover SB for the first time. The EPL & Rugby Championship newbies definitely got us over the 2 MILLION line. 5 Aug 18:57
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Cant wait for tis season to start!!! Go Everton!
Good luck everyone and feel free to come join my open Chrstian SPort's Pool & CLub
Looking to start a brand new ""Service Provided, Business & Networking Pool"" for small busnesses to refer one another as well
Also rebuilding my teams of 6 or 8 players per pool as well and need more teams and players
Be good
5 Aug 03:04
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Come on City! ????
5 Aug 07:51
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A weekend full of surprising scores? Of course, the Citizens will win.
5 Aug 10:36
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Congratulations Superbru on your landmark. It's an awesome app.
5 Aug 10:38
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Let's go Arsenal! A top 3 finish is possible this season. Congrats Superbru on reaching 2M players.
5 Aug 11:57
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Don't you give a prize for the Premier League this season?
7 Aug 07:30
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6/10 not bad start for me
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8 Aug 19:43
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Come on City
13 Aug 14:57