Premier League Treble: Warnock to show Eddie how it's done

Cardiff City manager - Neil Warnock
Can Neil Warnock do the unthinkable and keep Cardiff in the Premier League?
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It's the Saturday that we've all been waiting for as the Premier League kicks back into action, and so does Paul Robinson's Premier League Treble. Here are his selections:

- Back Chelsea @ 6/10
- Back The Draw in Bournemouth v Cardiff @ 13/5
- Back The Draw in Watford v Brighton @ 11/5

The Acca pays approximately 17/1

Blues to have too much strength for Huddersfield

Bet 1: Back Chelsea @ 6/10 - KO 15:00 BST

Huddersfield Town upset the odds and retained their Premier League status last year as they finished in 16th, four points clear of Swansea in 18th.

David Wagner has managed to keep his squad together as the Terriers bid to avoid the dreaded second-season syndrome, with Tom Ince the only notable departure from the club.

Ramadan Sobhi has arrived from Stoke for £5.7m - an Egyptian left winger, as well as German full-back, Erik Burm, and French attacker, Adama Diakhaby,

Chelsea have had a bit of a turbulent summer, but when it was all said and done, Eden Hazard and Willian remained at the club, and I don't think that the loss of Thibaut Courtiois is that significant.

Maurizio Sarri is the new man in charge at the Bridge and he's splashed the cash on Jorginho from Napoli and Kepa from Athletic Bilbao. The other notable incoming is the loan signing of Mateo Kovacic.

A 2-0 defeat in the Community Shield set a few alarm bells ringing, but let's not forget that they were playing Manchester City, and City were missing less players than what Chelsea were.

The Blues are still possibly without N'Golo Kante and Hazard for this trip up north, but they have enough quality across the squad to beat a Huddersfield side who lost more games at home than they won or drew last season.

Read Jamie Pacheco's take on this game.

Spoils to be shared in battle of contrasting styles

Bet 2: Back The Draw in Bournemouth v Cardiff @ 13/5 - KO 15:00 BST

I must pre-face this preview by admitting my love for Neil Warnock, despite the fact that he's never managed the club that I support. I rate him as one of the best English managers in the game, and I would be delighted if he kept Cardiff in the Premier League.

Warnock has transformed the Bluebirds - taking them from the Championship relegation zone to the Premier League in less than two years. He has them well organised at the back, and while he hasn't been able to bring in many new faces, he has been able to secure the loan-signing of Harry Arter, who has Premier League experience - although he can't play against his parent club today.

A trip to the South Coast won't be easy for Cardiff, but the best time to be on the right-side of a newly-promoted club is usually at the very start of the campaign.

Bournemouth were looking a bit iffy at various points during the previous campaign as they made a miserable start, but ended up finishing in 12th place.

Eddie Howe's men were pretty poor defensively, and only Stoke, West Ham and Watford conceded more goals than they did. The 61 against was split as equally as possible between their home and away fixtures, but with Diego Rico being the only defender signed, I am not sure how much they will improve in that area.

Overall I think this could be a tighter match than what most people are expecting, and I'm willing to take a chance on the visitors coming away with a point.

Check out Andy Schooler's match-preview here.

Seagulls to start strong at Vicarage Road

Bet 3: Back The Draw in Watford v Brighton @ 11/5 - KO 15:00 BST

Another club who need to avoid second-season syndrome is Brighton, as like Huddersfield, they out-performed their expectations to finish 15th in the table.

Chris Hughton has done a wonderful job at the Amex and he has revamped his squad quite a bit over the summer. Plenty of players have been cleared out, but he's also brought in 16 new faces in total - with the highlight being AZ Alkmaar winger, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, who became the club's record signing.

I must admit that I fear a bit for Watford this season as I am yet to be convinced by Javi Gracia as a Premier League manager. He steadied the ship slightly at Vicarage Road last term, but his record was still played 15, won four, drew three and lost eight.

Richarlison has left the club to go to Everton and the only real exciting player to join is Gerard Deulofeu - and he didn't set the world alight in the seven games he played on loan for them last term.

We know that the Seagulls will be defensively compact and I can see this going similarly to how the game will play out between Bournemouth and Cardiff. Again, something like a 1-1 draw wouldn't surprise me.

Simon Mail is also predicting a draw.


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