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Nicholas Jackson one to watch as RG Fantasy League returns

Tipped to impress: Chelsea’s new signing Nicholas Jackson

Another Premier League season is upon us, and that means another season of RG Fantasy League.

Entry is free but only open to full-time Bermuda residents, and can be done by following the instructions within the poster on our website. Test your player knowledge and win amazing prizes!

Fantasy managers have some intriguing new faces to choose from as they carefully select their opening squad of the season. New Chelsea forward Nicholas Jackson registered 19 goal involvements (13 goals and six assists) in 47 total appearances for the Spanish side last campaign, and is on the market at £7 million.


Burnley v Manchester City (4pm)

Burnley returned to the Premier League with seven matches to spare last campaign, a Championship record. Manager Vincent Kompany welcomes his former employers to Turf Moor with striker Michael Obafemi unavailable owing to a hamstring injury.

Manchester City aim to become the first side to win four Premier League titles in a row. Nathan Ake is doubtful this weekend as Pep Guardiola pays a visit to his former captain, who is now as a thriving manager.

City have won 16 of 20 meetings between the sides, including the last five by an aggregate score of 17 to zero.

Prediction: 0-2


Arsenal v Nottingham Forest (8.30am)

Arsenal broke a transfer record for a British player when they signed Declan Rice. Gabriel Jesus, Jorginho, Reiss Nelson and Folarin Balogun are doubtful for their home opener.

Nottingham Forest have sold, loaned or released a total of 15 players this window. Wayne Hennessey is out with a knee injury, while Felipe, Moussa Niakhate and Taiwo Awoniyi are doubtful for their season debut in North London.

The Gunners have won nine of their 16 Premier League encounters with Forest.

Prediction: 3-1

Bournemouth v West Ham United (11am)

Bournemouth mark their home season debut with Ryan Fredericks, Adam Smith, Marcus Tavernier, Antoine Semenyo Ryan Christie and Lloyd Kelly doubtful to various injuries.

West Ham sold midfielder Declan Rice for the British record of 105 million pounds, and replaced him with Mexican star Edson Alvarez from Ajax. The Hammers have no injury concerns heading into their first league game.

West Ham edge this series, with five wins to Bournemouth’s four through 12 league meetings.

Prediction: 1-1

Brighton & Hove Albion v Luton Town (11am)

Brighton achieved their highest league finish last campaign, securing sixth place to qualify to the Europa League for the first time. Manager Roberto de Zerbi has no injury worries this weekend.

Luton Town make their Premier League debut thanks to a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Coventry City in the Championship play-off final. Reece Burke, Gabriel Osho, Dan Potts and Jordan Clark are doubtful for the Hatters’ top-flight debut.

These clubs have never met in the English top flight.

Prediction: 3-0

Everton v Fulham (11am)

Everton secured their Premier League status on the final day last campaign with victory over Bournemouth. Seamus Coleman, Dele Alli and Dwight McNeil are out to injury, while new recruit Arnaut Danjuma and defender James Tarkowski are doubtful for their season opener.

Fulham have bolstered their back line with the addition of Calvin Bassey from Ajax, as well as adding to their attack with Raul Jimenez from Wolves. Midfielders Joao Palhinha and Tom Cairney are injury doubts this weekend.

Everton edge this rivalry, with 19 wins to Fulham’s 12 through 34 meetings.

Prediction: 1-0

Sheffield United v Crystal Palace (11am)

Sheffield United return to the top-flight after two seasons, and sold striker Iliman N’Diaye to French giants Marseille. Jayden Bogle, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Ismaila Coulibaly, Rhian Brewster, Oliver McBurnie, John Fleck, Oliver Norwood and Daniel Jebbison are doubtful for the Blades’ Premier League return.

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha signed for Turkish side Galatasaray. The Eagles, in turn, signed Matheus Franca from Brazilian outfit Flamengo. The 19-year-old will miss out through injury, while Michael Olise, Tyrick Mitchell, Cheick Doucouré and Will Hughes are also doubtful this weekend.

Palace lead this series with six wins to Sheffield United’s four through 10 meetings.

Prediction: 1-2

Newcastle United v Aston Villa (1.30pm)

Newcastle are in the Champions League for the first time since the 2003/04 season. Emil Krafth, Joe Willock, Javier Manquillo and Fabian Schar are doubtful this weekend for the Magpies.

Aston Villa qualified for the Conference League, marking their first European appearance in 14 years. Alex Moreno and Jacob Ramsey are out with hamstring and foot injuries for the visit to their European counterparts.

Newcastle dominate this rivalry, with 24 wins to Villa’s 12 in 53 overall encounters.

Prediction: 3-2


Brentford v Tottenham Hotspur (10am)

Brentford finished on their highest top-flight points total last campaign, despite missing out on European qualification. Ivan Toney is suspended until January, while Rico Henry, Josh Dasilva, Bryan Mbeumo and Frank Onyeka are doubtful for the Bees’ home opener.

Tottenham appointed Ange Postecoglou as their new manager in early June, and the Australian coach will miss Rodrigo Bentancur and Bryan Gil to knee and groin injuries for his Premier League debut, while Ryan Sessegnon is doubtful to a hamstring injury.

Spurs edge this head-to-head with two wins to one for Brentford through five meetings.

Prediction: 1-2

Chelsea v Liverpool (12.30pm)

Chelsea have made a massive clear-out after their worst Premier League season in club history, and appointed Mauricio Pochettino in July as head coach for the development of the team. Benoit Badiashile, Wesley Fofana, Armando Broja and new signing Christopher Nkunku are out, while Noni Madueke is doubtful with a hamstring injury this weekend.

Liverpool are also shuffling their squad, primarily in midfield. New recruits Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai will make their debuts this weekend. The Merseyside club have no injury concerns for the trip to Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool hold the upper hand in this historical rivalry with 28 wins to the Blues’ 27 in 79 contests.

Prediction: 2-2


Manchester United v Wolverhampton Wanderers (4pm)

Manchester United are in season two of a squad development under Erik ten Hag, and two of their three recruits so far this window (Andre Onana and Mason Mount) will make their competitive Old Trafford debuts on Monday.

Youngsters Amad Diallo and Kobbie Mainoo are out with knee and ankle injuries respectively, while Tyrell Malacia, Anthony Martial and third signing Rasmus Hojlund are doubtful.

Wolves have mutually parted ways with manager Julen Lopetegui, with Gary O’Neil the potential replacement. The West Midlands outfit lost forward Raul Jimenez to Fulham and midfielder Ruben Neves to Saudi club Al Hilal, among others. They have no injury concerns heading into the opening weekend.

United dominate this series with 15 wins from 24 meetings with Wolves.

Prediction: 2-0

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Published August 11, 2023 at 7:58 am (Updated August 11, 2023 at 7:16 am)

Nicholas Jackson one to watch as RG Fantasy League returns

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