Four 3pm kick-offs to get your teeth into as we bring you the best bets, Super 6 predictions and top stats from each Premier League encounter.
Favourites for the drop Cardiff mark their Premier League return with a trip to Bournemouth, who are now a well-established Premier League side and have made some big signings this summer aimed at beating last season's 12th-placed finish.
Neil Warnock performed wonders to get Cardiff promoted, he'll need a miracle to keep them up and it looks like he'll be given a taster of how tough life will be in the Premier League with a testing away day first up.
Best Bet: Bournemouth to win to nil at 21/10
Key Opta Stats
- This will be the first top-flight meeting between Bournemouth and Cardiff City.
- Bournemouth have lost just one of their last eight league clashes with Cardiff (W4 D3), with their last meeting coming in March 2015 in the Championship (1-1).
- Bournemouth have lost all three of their matchday one Premier League fixtures, the worst such 100% losing record in the competition. Cardiff have lost just one of their last 10 opening fixtures to a league season.
- In their previous Premier League campaign, Cardiff won just two of their 19 away games. However, one of those wins came on the south coast (1-0 vs Southampton).
- Bournemouth have never lost a Premier League home game against a newly promoted side, winning six and drawing two of their eight matches.
Plenty of new faces in this one so hard to judge just how they will match up but Fulham have made a huge splash by spending over £100m and with the likes of Mitrovic, Schurrle and Seri available there's enough to suggest that they can get off to a winning start back in the Premier League.
Roy Hodgson has made a few decent moves of his own during the summer as he returns to his former side and they should avoid their early season struggles of last year, but the Cottagers can ride their promotion wave to just pinch it on the opening day.
Best Bet: Fulham win & both teams to score at 7/2
Key Opta Stats
- Overall in league meetings, Fulham have suffered just one defeat in their last eight games against the Eagles, winning five and drawing two.
- Each of the last three meetings between Fulham and Crystal Palace at Craven Cottage has seen exactly four goals scored, with Fulham winning 3-1 in October 2000 and January 2005, before a 2-2 draw in May 2014.
- Fulham are unbeaten on the last 12 occasions they’ve started a league season at home (W8 D4), since a 1-2 loss against Tranmere in the third tier in 1989-90.
- Both of Crystal Palace’s opening day wins in the Premier League have come in away games (vs Everton in 1997-98 and Norwich in 2015-16).
David Wagner kept his side up against the odds last season and those odds have not improved again this year with promoted Fulham and Wolves splashing the cash to try and stay up. It's a tough opener but one they will relish given Chelsea arrive with a new coach and a world of issues.
Maurizio Sarri has £71m keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga available but may opt for Willy Caballero in goal, while his World Cup stars have only just returned to training. It's a great time to play Chelsea but the Terriers struggled to score goals last season so a stalemate seems reasonable.
Best Bet: Draw at 14/5
Key Opta Stats
- Huddersfield are without a win in their last eight league meetings with Chelsea, (D3 L5), with their last league victory over the Blues coming in March 1963, via a 2-1 away win in the old Division Two.
- At home, Huddersfield have lost each of their last four league clashes with Chelsea; they’ve never lost five in a row on home soil in the league against a single opponent.
- Chelsea have only lost one of their last 19 opening weekend fixtures in the Premier League (W15 D3 L1), though it came in last season’s opener against Burnley.
- Three of the last five red cards shown in opening weekend fixtures in the Premier League have been shown to Chelsea players (Thibaut Courtois vs Swansea in 2015-16 and Gary Cahill & Cesc Fabregas vs Burnley last season).
- No side has lost more Premier League games (10) or earned fewer Premier League points (13) in 2018 than Huddersfield.
Not a lot of goals from either side last season, which was reflected in just one goal being scored in their two meetings, while they were separated by just one place and one point in the final table. They also both won just one of the last nine last season and there promises to be not much between them again.
The venue may be all important here as the Seagulls had the worst away record in the league last season while Watford's recent home record, plus their record in home openers, points to the hosts having the edge in what should be a close contest.
Best Bet: Watford to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 at 21/10
Key Opta Stats
- Last season, the two Premier League meetings between Watford and Brighton produced just one goal in total, courtesy of a winner from Pascal Gross at the Amex in December.
- Brighton kept a clean sheet in both of their meetings with Watford last season. The only side they’ve kept three consecutive shutouts against in the top-flight are Wolves (five in a row between 1980 and 1982).
- Watford are unbeaten in their last 11 opening games to a league season (W5 D6), with their last defeat coming against Everton in August 2006.
- Brighton have won just one of their last six opening games to a league season (W1 D1 L4), failing to score in four of those games.
- Watford have lost just one of their seven home league games under Javi Gracia (W4 D2) vs Burnley in April 2018. Brighton are winless in their last 13 Premier League away games (W0 D4 L9), the longest current such run in the division.