Eagles to struggle despite retaining Zaha
Bet 1: Back Everton @ 29/20
The good news for Crystal Palace is that Wilfried Zaha is still at the football club, the bad news is that he clearly doesn't want to be there. I imagine he will will do well for the Eagles this season, but it's hard to believe that his head will be right for the Everton match today.
Roy Hodgson's side have endured a miserable pre-season, that culminated with a 4-0 thrashing by Hertha Berlin. Zaha aside, it was a very strong XI put out by Hodgson for that game, and I do fear for them this year.
I have no fears about the prospects of their opponents here though, as Everton have invested quite soundly over the summer. It will be interesting to see which ones making the team at Selhurst Park, but Marco Silva's men should be strong enough, regardless.
The hosts started the previous campaign without a win in six at home - four of which were defeats. They were beaten in 50% of their outings at Selhurst Park, and the Toffees should be much better on their travels this term.
Andy Schooler has previewed this match here.
Three points for the Hornets
Bet 2: Back Watford @ 1/1
The Hornets had a great season under Javi Gracia last season as they reached the FA Cup Final and finished in 11th place - which surely would have been higher if they weren't distracted by the cup at the tail-end of the campaign.
They have added experience to their squad with the acquisitions of Craig Dawson and Danny Welbeck, while club record signing, Ismaila Sarr, could be anything.
The visitors to Vicarage Road this afternoon are Brighton, as they begin a new era under Graham Potter. The Seagulls only narrowly survived relegation last year, which wasn't good enough to save Chris Hughton's job, and it will be interesting to see how the former Swansea boss gets on at the Amex.
Adam Webster and Neal Maupay were their headline summer signings, but they have it to prove in the Premier League, and you just feel that Watford are more of the finished article at present.
Jamie Pacheco is also keen on a home win.
All square at the Vitality
Bet 3: Back The Draw in Bournemouth v Sheffield United @ 13/5
The Blades are back in the top flight and while many have already written them off before a ball has been kicked, I actually quite fancy them to hold their own in this division.
Chris Wilder is an excellent manager who arrived at Bramall Lane when the club were in League One. Last year in the Championship they had the joint best defensive record, and they were only beaten five times out of 23 away from home.
Bournemouth are now an established Premier League side, and we know exactly what to expect from them. They will never have the best defence under Eddie Howe, but they play some good, attacking football, and have plenty of goals in the team.
Facing a newly promoted club in the season opener is never an easy task though, and the Cherries won less than half their home matches last term. The draw appeals here.
Simon Mail is tipping goals at both ends in this one.