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Brighton 8-1 to stun City in first Premier League game

Chelsea at home to Burnley

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Premier League new boys Brighton have been given a tough opening fixture on their return to England's top flight with Chris Hughton's side rated 8-1 outsiders to beat Manchester City at the Amex Stadium.

The opening round of matches are scheduled for the weekend of August 11-12 and Brighton's match looks certain to be one of those selected for live coverage against the 2-1 title favourites.

City are 2-5 for a perfect start, but they are not the shortest price first up as champions Chelsea are rated between 1-4 and 1-6 to get off to a flyer against Burnley at Stamford Bridge. Ladbrokes offer 7-2 that Chelsea lead the table after the first round of fixtures. 

Manchester United are 4-11 to overcome West Ham at Old Trafford, while Arsenal are 1-2 shots to down Leicester. Liverpool are 8-13 to beat Marco Silva's Watford at Vicarage Road with Tottenham, on paper at least, facing the most difficult of openers among the big six.

Spurs are 4-5 to win at Newcastle, who are 9-2 with Sky Bet to mark their return to the big time with a victory over a Tottenham team who will play their 2017-18 home fixtures at Wembley as the new stadium at White Hart Lane is being built.

Chelsea, who beat Spurs to the title last season and knocked them out of the FA Cup at the semi-final stage, will be the first Wembley visitors over the weekend of August 19-20.

Huddersfield don't have a glamour clash in their first ever Premier League encounter but the trip to Crystal Palace is far from daunting and the Terriers are rated 9-2 pokes by Ladbrokes to win at Selhurst Park. 

It's quite a nice start for Town, who follow the Palace trip with home games against Newcastle and Southampton but Hills offer only 11-8 that David Wagner's side collect no more than two points from those three matches.

Everton are looking to get busy in the transfer market this summer and are odds-on across the board to beat Stoke at Goodison Park but things quickly get much tougher for the Toffees, who could be in a sticky situation come the middle of September.

After the visit of Stoke Ronald Koeman's men travel to Man City and Chelsea before a home game against Spurs, then go back on the road to Man United.

Southampton are rated 3-4 shots to see off Swansea at St Mary's, while West Brom versus Bournemouth is seen as the closest opener with Albion narrow 11-8 favourites.

Premier League opening fixtures: Arsenal v Leicester, Brighton v Man City, Chelsea v Burnley, Crystal Palace v Huddersfield, Everton v Stoke, Man Utd v West Ham, Newcastle v Tottenham, Southampton v Swansea, Watford v Liverpool, West Brom v Bournemouth.

Manchester United are 4-11 to overcome West Ham at Old Trafford, while Arsenal are 1-2 shots to down Leicester
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