Chelsea to beat Arsenal –

Arsenal were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City last weekend and their season is unlikely to get going this weekend.

The visitors finished last season with eight defeats from their last nine away games and took just one point from their five trips to the other big six sides.

Chelsea have lost just two of their last 15 league games at Stamford Bridge and represent good value in their home opener.

Monaco to beat Lille –

Monaco started their season in the best possible way last weekend, winning 3-1 at Nantes.

Leonardo Jardim’s side were only beaten by Paris Saint-Germain at home last season and dropped just nine points in 19 league games at the Stade Louis II.

Lille lost 13 out of 19 away from home last term and stayed up by just one point.

Villarreal to beat Real Sociedad –

Villarreal closed last season with a run of four wins in six games, with a defeat to Barcelona and draw against Real Madrid their only dropped points.

Javier Calleja’s side should get off to a good start this term against Real Sociedad, who lost 11 of 19 away matches last season, taking just 16 points in total.

Villarreal won 4-2 when these sides last met in January and a similarly comfortable win for last season’s fifth-placed team looks likely on Saturday night.

Lazio to win or draw against Napoli –

Having lost Maurizio Sarri and his midfield lieutenant Jorginho to Chelsea, there are no guarantees that Napoli will be able to replicate last season’s success.

New manager Carlo Ancelotti was sacked after a bad start to last season at Bayern Munich, and he takes over a side that only won two of their final six away games last season.

Lazio have only lost one of their last six home league matches, and have strengthened in the transfer market this summmer.

PSV (-1) to beat Fortuna Sittard –

PSV got their Eredivisie defence off to a formidable start by beating FC Utrecht 4-0 last weekend.

They have won all four of their meetings against promoted sides by at least three goals last term, and should continue that success at Fortuna Sittard.

The hosts have not played at this level for 16 years, and were only promoted as runners-up to Ajax II in the Eerste Divisie last season.


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