Saturday Accumulator

It’s not the most imaginative pick but you want an opening weekend accumulator filler with at least one “safe” pick and it’s hard to see anything other than a home win for CHELSEA.

Antonio Conte will put his trust in the majority of players that helped Chelsea win the title last season, with Eden Hazard unlikely to be available for the first few matches although there are plenty of other attacking options.

Burnley are without Michael Keane who has made the switch to Everton and it could be another difficult campaign on the road.

Romelu Lukaku might have sailed to Manchester United, although Ronald Koeman has been busy spending the transfer fee and that includes the signings of Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane and Davy Klaassen.

Koeman will want his EVERTON side to progress this season and challenge the top six teams, while Stoke could be going the other way, especially if Marko Arnautovic decides to leave the club after handing in a transfer request.

We’ll go for Everton to open with a win and perhaps Wayne Rooney might be seen on the pitch before the final whistle.

BRIGHTON play their first ever Premier League encounter and they won’t be shy against the Premier League title favourites.

Chris Hughton’s side were impressive in the Championship last season and have strengthened in the summer, with Anthony Knockaert and Glen Murray hoping to score plenty of goals again.

Manchester City are going to be very attack-minded, with Pep Guardiola having several direct players at his disposal including Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero. It’s hard to see how this won’t be a high-scoring match.

HUDDERSFIELD begin life in the Premier League with a trip to Selhurst Park and this may not be the home banker that everyone is suggesting. The Terriers have nothing to lose and it should be noted that Palace’s home form was poor last season.

Frank de Boer arrives after a successful time with Ajax although this is his first experience of English football, with David Wagner having built a very resilient squad since arriving in Yorkshire. The signing of Thomas Ince was a notable one.

We’re expecting goals at the AMEX Stadium when another Premier League rookie entertains the title favourites. Brighton might have built their promotion from the Championship on a tight defence although Manchester City will be all-out attack this season.

Finally, SWANSEA can avoid defeat at St Mary’s, with Paul Clement’s side having stayed up against the odds last season. While Gylfi Sigurdsson’s future is in doubt, there is plenty of fighting spirit in the ranks.

Southampton have a new manager in Manuel Pellegrini, someone who has a defensive approach and that might see the Saints initially struggle.

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