The Saturday football coupon is full for the first time in months, and the beautiful game is officially back in full swing. We’ve got a tasty 9/2 treble lined up to celebrate, and hope our three chosen clubs can land us an August winner.
Our picks come from the Premier League, Championship, and League Two as we back three hosts to all win their opening home games of the season. Here are our selections.
Everton v Stoke City
It’s the opening weekend of the Premier League season, and Everton have undoubtedly been one of the most exciting teams over the summer. Ronald Koeman’s men welcome Stoke to Goodison Park on Saturday, and will have high hopes of starting their league campaign in style.
Everton already boast two games under their belt thanks to their Europa League experts while the summer recruits of Jordan Pickford, Wayne Rooney, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen and co. should compensate for the loss of Romelu Lukaku. There’s a good sense of optimism around the club right now, and that should show with a positive display here.
Visiting Stoke aren’t likely to struggle in 2017-18, but they don’t boast the quality or resources of Everton. Given that they lost 1-0 here last year, which was one of 10 defeats on their travels, it’s hard to see them spoiling the party.
The Toffees enjoyed a brilliant start to 2016-17 under Koeman. Back them to open this league season with a win too.
Hull City v Burton Albion
Having opened their campaign with a well fought draw at Villa Park, Championship side Hull will be quietly confident about their chances of a good season under new boss Leonid Slutsky. If the Tigers can open their home campaign with three points at the KCOM,
Hull had a pretty solid home form in the Premier League, especially in 2017 under Marco Silva, and will be eager to continue that here. They have lost players over the summer but Frazier Campbell, Abel Hernandez, and Sam Clucas are just three of the players capable of performing well at this level. Frankly, it should show in this opening home game of the season.
After all, Burton are one of the teams expected to fight relegation this term while it’s worth noting that Nigel Clough’s men shipped 33 and won just four of 23 on the road last season. There are some decent players in the Brewers squad, but that depth is far less than Hull’s.
The hosts will be fully expected to win. We’re predicting that they’ll send their fans home smiling.
Notts County v Chesterfield
Notts County enter the weekend sitting second bottom of the EFL following a 3-0 opening day defeat at Coventry. However, the Magpies showed that they know how to find the target in their midweek cup trip to Scunthorpe, which was lost on penalties, and can hope to finally get a win on the board here.
Kevin Nolan’s men aren’t likely to trouble the promotion places this year but neither are Chesterfield, who are probably even worse on paper. Like County, the Spireites have shipped a lot of goals in this early phase of the season. Unfortunately, their firepower looks far worse.
The hosts have the experience of Jon Stead and Shola Ameobi up top, which should give them a good chance of causing problems for the visitors. Conversely, Gary Caldwell’s men are looking to Gozie Ugwu, who will still be getting used to playing at this level again after stepping up from the National League.
Neither side is likely to have the best of seasons, but Notts County can get the better of Chesterfield. Home win.