The Premier League kicks off on Friday but there are six more games on Saturday and Tottenham will be hoping to kick off with a win at Newcastle.
Newcastle v Tottenham – Both Teams To Score @ 20/23
The pair also met on the opening weekend last year and the Magpies had a firm hand in the game, only for Jonjo Shelvey to get himself sent off for a stamp on Dele Alli.
Shelvey’s form picked up after that but he missed out on a place at the World Cup, while Alli’s participation in Russia means he will be absent alongside a host of Spurs’ stars, including Harry Kane.
Mauricio Pochettino’s lack of transfer business means he will be required to plunder the depths of his squad, while Rafael Benitez looks to have a full batch to pick from.
On paper, the Magpies have a better team but this could be a tight game and it may well prove the safe bet to go with goals at both ends.
Fulham v Crystal Palace – Home Win @ 6/4
The team who comes up through the play-offs often thrives in the Premier League and Fulham have the perfect chance to build some momentum on Saturday.
Crystal Palace head north of the river and Roy Hodgson will be preparing his troops for a ground he knows well, having famously guided the Cottagers to the 2010 Europa League final.
Palace recovered from an awful start last term and in a quirk of fate lost 3-0 to Wembley winners, Huddersfield, on the opening weekend.
It could be a similar story on Saturday so back Fulham to take the points.
Bournemouth v Cardiff – Home Win To Zero @ 39/20
Bournemouth have set the benchmark for clubs coming up to the Premier League in recent years and start their fourth top flight campaign against new boys Cardiff.
The Cherries have made some steady signings, with midfielder Jefferson Lerma a potential star, while Diego Rico and David Brooks also likely to bolster a squad that has at times appeared on the wane.
Eddie Howe will fancy an opening win though against Neil Warnock, who despite insisting he prefers the Championship, will feel he has a point to prove in the Premier League.
Despite some handy business, the Bluebirds look set for a season of struggle and could find it tough to cause any trouble in Dorset.
Wolves v Everton – Home Win @ 27/20
The final game on Saturday comes from Molineux when Wolves begin their return to the Premier League with a visit of Everton.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s men stormed to the Championship title last term and are tipped to go well.
Saturday’s game is one of a number of winnable games in their opening six fixtures and they take on a Toffees side with something to prove under new boss Marco Silva.
A party atmosphere is unlikely to be matched by a festival on the field but having so often risen to the occasion last term, Wolves can do it again here.