Premier League Treble: Saints to give Hodgson something to ponder

Crystal Palace manager - Roy Hodgson
Time could be running out on Roy Hodgson's Crystal Palace career

The Premier League is back and so is Paul Robinson's Premier League Treble. His opening one is a massive 17/1. Here are his selections:

- Back Southampton @ 7/5
- Back Liverpool to win to nil @ 6/5
- Back Newcastle @ 5/2

The Acca pays approximately 17/1

Worrying times for Palace

Bet 1: Back Southampton @ 7/5 - KO 15:00 BST

Crystal Palace were dreadful when football returned in June, as after winning at Bournemouth in their first match back, they went on to finish the season with seven defeats and a draw.

I really do fear for Roy Hodgson's side this year, as they haven't really addressed their lack of goals, and there is every chance that the former England boss will be the first manager to leave this season.

Southampton are the visitors to Selhurst Park on Saturday, and they are going in completely the opposite direction to the Eagles, as they are on an upward curve.

Ralph Hasenhüttl led the team to an 11th placed finish last year, which was quite the achievement given where they were at one stage. Only Liverpool and Manchester City won more away games than they did last term, and they should be able to get another one under their belts here.

Leeds to receive a dose of reality

Bet 2: Back Liverpool to win to nil @ 6/5 - KO 17:30 BST

The Reds begin their title defence against Leeds in the stand-out fixture of this weekend's opening Premier League matches.

It's a shame that there won't be any fans in attendance for this one, but it should still be a really good game.

The problem I see for Leeds on their return to the top flight is that they don't have enough prolific goalscorers in their ranks. Patrick Bamford was their leading scorer in the Championship, but he only netted 16 in 45 appearances, with 35 year old Pablo Hernandez the next best with nine.

Marcelo Bielsa has tried to address that with the signing of Rodrigo, but it could take him a while to settle into English football, and they come up against the best defence in the league this weekend.

Magpies to swoop at the London Stadium

Bet 3: Back Newcastle @ 5/2 - KO 20:00 BST

Things aren't all rosy at West Ham, and I am backing Newcastle to take advantage of that on Saturday night.

The Hammers only narrowly survived last season, and they have only really added defensive midfielder, Tomas Soucek, to their ranks - and they already had him on loan.

Much of the scorn towards the club came from the departure of Grady Diangana, and while he is far from the finished product, it was certainly a surprise that he was let go on a permanent basis.

Newcastle, meanwhile, have bought in the Bournemouth duo of Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser, as well as spending big money on Norwich left back, Jamal Lewis.

Steve Bruce's men exceeded expectations by finishing 13th last year, and they have every chance of improving on that this time around.

Premier League Treble 2020/21 P/L

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Returned: 0pts
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