Saturday Banker Double

Saturday Banker Double

Choose Your Stake to Win

CHELSEA are the Premier League defending champions and they should be capable of challenging for the title again this season. Diego Costa is the only notable departure from Stamford Bridge, with Antonio Rudiger having arrived from Roma and there are likely to be other big money signings.

While the Blues will begin the season without the injured Eden Hazard, it will afford opportunities for Willian and Pedro to illustrate their class, while Cesc Fabregas is likely to enjoy more game time, especially if Nemanja Matic leaves the club.

The Chelsea title success was built on solid foundations and we’re likely to see Antonio Conte employ a three-man central defence again, with Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses playing the willing role of wing-backs.

Burnley might struggle to live with the champions, with Jack Cork the most notable summer signing when arriving from Swansea for £10 million. Jon Walters will be effective but is hardly going to breathe pace into the team, with Andre Gray struggling for goals last year.

The Clarets are likely to accrue most of their points at home this season and we’re on safe ground to back a home win in this one.

EVERTON have been handed a winnable opening fixture, with the supporters getting the chance to see several new signings for the first time. Jordan Pickford could end up being first choice goalkeeper at Goodison Park for a long time, with Michael Keane also a star talent.

While Romelu Lukaku has joined Manchester United, Davy Klaassen, Henry Onyekuru and Sandro Ramirez should all help Everton build on last season’s seventh-placed finish, while Stoke don’t look equipped to challenge at that level.

The Potters have thus far recruited Darren Fletcher and Josh Tymon, neither of whom are spectacular signings and perhaps City are about to start sliding towards the foot of the Premier League.

Marko Arnautovic is looking elsewhere and there’s little in the way of consistent performances coming from Xherdan Shaqiri. All things considered, a home win looks like banker material.

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