Napoli v Nice – Napoli favourites in this Champions League play-off first-leg It is somewhat of a disappointment that only one of Napoli and OGC Nice can reach the group stage of the Champions League. Both had outstanding seasons in their respective Italian and French divisions, though this is the last time that a team from Italy will have to use the play-offs. From next seas.. AUGUST 14, 2017
Hoffenheim v Liverpool – the Reds need an away goal in Germany The biggest worry of the events of the last week for Liverpool is that all the signs point towards them facing a tricky two-legs against Hoffenheim to reach the Champions League group stages. They blew a 3-2 lead against Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday to draw in the last minute, in a defensive.. AUGUST 14, 2017
Manchester United v West Ham United – a tough start for the Hammers expected The West Ham United line-up on Sunday afternoon is expected to be markedly different to the one that finished last season. After the inconsistencies of Adrian and Darren Randolph, Joe Hart – who was regarded by Pep Guardiola as surplus to requirements at Manchester City – is now the club.. AUGUST 11, 2017
Chelsea v Burnley – a winning start for the Premier League champions? The last time that Chelsea began their Premier League campaign against Burnley was in the 2014/15 season and, fresh from adding Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa to his squad, Jose Mourinho’s men eased to a 3-1 win at Turf Moor. That started a sequence of 14 matches unbeaten on the way to a domina.. AUGUST 11, 2017
Watford v Liverpool – the Reds begin an important week Liverpool travel to Watford for their 2017/18 Premier League opener as Jurgen Klopp looks to hit the ground running. The Reds finished fourth last season which, while being the bare minimum that the club would be expected to achieve after a substantial outlay on transfer fees and no European distrac.. AUGUST 10, 2017
Leeds United v Preston North End – both clubs target a second win As they have won four of the last five meetings with Preston North End, Leeds United would consider anything less than three points on Saturday a major disappointment. They began their Championship campaign on Sunday with a thrilling 3-2 win over Bolton Wanderers at the Macron Stadium and will be lo.. AUGUST 10, 2017
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur – a tricky start for the Magpies The most positive omen that Newcastle United can take into this opening fixture against Tottenham Hotspur is that their last game as a Premier League side was in May 2016 when, fresh from the disappointment of seeing Leicester City beat them to a first title, Spurs capitulated and were hammered 5-1 .. AUGUST 10, 2017
Patrick Thistle v Celtic – will Celtic continue their winning start? After winning the Scottish Premiership last season unbeaten, there is little room for improvement for Celtic; domestically at least. They won the treble in Brendan Rodgers’ first campaign and though it is easy to envisage them losing a couple over the course of 38 matches this season, it is cr.. AUGUST 09, 2017
Arminia Bielefeld v Fortuna Dusseldorf – both teams look to continue a fantastic start Tipbet’s partner club Fortuna Dusseldorf can continue their impressive start to their campaign when they visit Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday evening. Their 2-2 draw with Eintracht Braunschweug and 2-0 win over Erzgebirge Aue has left them in fourth place and has shown them to be genuine conten.. AUGUST 09, 2017
Arsenal v Leicester City – the Premier League season begins at the Emirates This fixture was one of the standout moments of Leicester City’s unlikely Premier League winning campaign of 2015/16. Despite taking an early lead after one of the many contentious Jamie Vardy penalties that season, a Danny Simpson red card was followed by a Theo Walcott equaliser, and a Danny.. AUGUST 08, 2017