The English Premier League is back! The league season kicks off Friday, with the opening match between Liverpool and Norwich City at Anfield. For this match, there is a bonus reward if you select a goalscorer and that player scores twice. Here’s what to watch for in this opening match.
Liverpool vs. Norwich City
EPL free pick: Liverpool by three goals (+335)
Salah and Mane look to lead Liverpool to victory
After a second-place finish last season in the EPL and a victorious run in Champions League, Liverpool has high aspirations for the year.
Amazing footwork by Mohamed Salah there. His goalscoring touch might not be back yet but his dribbling certainly is. pic.twitter.com/eJEFsty8iM
— Samuel (@SamueILFC) August 4, 2019
Liverpool’s attack will once again be lead by Mohamed Salah (-150 to score) and Sadio Mane (-125), who were the top two goal scorers in the EPL last season. Look for them to get on the board early for the Reds.
Another player to look out for will be the high-flying Virgil van Dijk (+550), who is arguably the best defender in the world and also has the ability to affect things on the offensive end.
Norwich City in for an uphill battle
Norwich City is coming off a 2018-19 season that saw it win the English Football League championship, which earned the club promotion to the Premier League. Norwich is hoping to stay in the top flight with a good season, but this will be an uphill battle to play the defending European champions on the road.
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) April 28, 2019
The offense will go through Teemu Pukki (+450 to score), and he will be expected to carry the load for the Canaries. Kenny McLean (+1000) and Tom Trybull (+1600) will also be important to the attack up front.
Liverpool has too much firepower for Norwich to handle in its first match back in the top flight, and it will show on the scoreboard. Look for Liverpool to have a great day and comfortably defeat Norwich by three goals (+335), but the underdogs will also get on the board in defeat.