We’ve had a little taster of what’s to come this season with some pretty lively Championship and League Cup fixtures, but this week it’s the turn of the big boys. Welcome back, Premier League. We’ve missed you.

This weekend also sees the dawning of Colossus’s new million pound pool, the HDA15. Home, draw or away for 15 different fixtures – doesn’t sound too hard, does it? Let’s give it a go and see! Here are our predictions for the first 5 matches; click here to read our blog post for all 15!

Leicester City v Everton
It’s always tricky assessing how the new teams will fare on opening weekend, and especially so when said team dominated so impressively last season. Leicester have retained much of the team that led them to promotion last season so we’d bank on them to stay up, but we don’t think they’ll quite have enough to grab 3 points this weekend. Despite that, we think the game will be tight, so we’re going for both DRAW and AWAY here.

QPR v Hull City
Here we find two teams of relatively equal quality, so this one should be close. Hull impressed many last year following a successful FA Cup run, while QPR managed to get promoted at the first time of asking. We can’t see anything other than a DRAW here.

Stoke v Aston Villa
Stoke fans seem to be quietly confident about how their season will go, while the mood at Aston Villa couldn’t be any more disparate. Villa have been a perennial fixture in the Premier League since its inception but we think that this will be their last year in the league. Bank on a HOME win, here.

WBA v Sunderland
Nobody really knows what to expect from either of these sides; relegation seems just as likely as a mid-table finish. We personally think Sunderland will fare better this term than WBA, but we’ll go with a DRAW in this particular game.

West Ham United v Tottenham
West Ham beat Tottenham on three separate occasions last season, and then subsequently released a ton of embarrassing merchandise celebrating the fact – which sort of gave Spurs the moral victory. West Ham have had a summer typical of the club i.e. managerial unrest and the signing of players nobody has ever heard of (Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho, anyone?) whereas Spurs have gone about their business in a way that the club’s fans will not be used to; they’ve bought and sold relatively sensibly. Spurs should be able to overturn West Ham here with an AWAY win, but because of the rivalry we’ll also throw in a DRAW.

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