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Sadio Mané to get off to a flyer and other Premier League bets to consider this weekend

Plus, Jamie Vardy to get the reigning Premier League champions off to a winning start.

1. Leicester to beat Hull and Jamie Vardy to score anytime (4/1)

IT’S DIFFICULT TO remember the last promoted team to start a new Premier League season in a worse state than this current Hull side.

The Tigers begin their return to the top flight with Mike Phelan in caretaker charge after Steve Bruce left in July, and it is reported that Manchester United’s former assistant manager only has 13 senior players to pick from on Saturday.

Their hopes for survival already look bleak without a ball being kicked.

Meanwhile, the Premier League champions will want to hit the ground running with midweek Champions League matches starting next month.

Expect Jamie Vardy, who netted 24 league goals last season, as well as one last weekend in the Community Shield, to begin his campaign with a bang.

Leicester City v Manchester United - Community Shield - Wembley Stadium Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

2. Sadio Mané to be named Man of the Match against Arsenal (12/1)

Arsenal welcome Liverpool to the Emirates with a depleted defence, and an air of discontent still in the North London air, due to Arsene Wenger’s continued reluctance to spend money in the transfer market to fix the obvious flaws in his side.

Although Liverpool have only won once in their last 20 visits to Arsenal, Jürgen Klopp’s side enter the new season with new renewed vigour and cautious optimism after a positive pre-season.

Sadio Mané was one of the new faces to Anfield over the summer, with the 24-year-old scoring and starring against Barcelona in the International Champions Cup last weekend.

The Senegal international could make an instant impact against a weakened Arsenal on his competitive debut.


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Liverpool FC v FC Barcelona Source: Paul Harding

3. Everton v Tottenham and Chelsea v West Ham to end in draws (12/1)

Both Ronald Koeman and Antonio Conte face difficult-looking fixtures in their first game in charge of their respective sides.

Everton start the new campaign with high expectations after enduring a frustrating time under Roberto Martinez last season, and in Koeman they have recruited one of the most respected coaches across Europe, to make them a much-improved proposition.

Spurs ended last season with back-to-back defeats once their title push proved mathematically impossible, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side promise to be just as strong this year. Both sides may be happy to ease into the season with a draw.

The same could be said at Stamford Bridge, as Conte faces the task of rebuilding Roman’s Empire. The Hammers have already played a couple of Europa League qualifiers and will be ready for the challenge on Monday night. A heated encounter is in store with both sides willing to share the spoils.

Germany v Italy - UEFA Euro 2016 - Quarter Final - Stade de Bordeaux Source: EMPICS Sport

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