Bold predictions for Arsenal v Liverpool

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Leicester City won the Premier League title last season, defying odds of 5,000/1 and beating the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City. Then, they lost the opening game of their defence to Hull City, a team with no manager and 13 fit senior players.

What we're trying to say is, what the hell is the point in making predictions? The Premier League really is one of the most changeable sporting divisions in the world so we have decided to throw caution to the wind ahead of Arsenal's opening match against Liverpool.

Arsene Wenger has a poor record in recent opening Premier League games. They were humbled by Aston Villa two seasons ago before West Ham did exactly the same a year later. Liverpool represents a bigger challenge than both of them, so the omens are not great.

But Jurgen Klopp's men have hardly been faultless in pre-season. They smashed European juggernauts Barcelona 4-0 only to lose by the exact same scoreline to Bundesliga side Mainz.

There is just no telling which side will show up, so we have asked GiveMeSport's team of senior writers to give us their views ahead of the game.

Alex Martin

Granit Xhaka to get sent off on his Premier League debut

Arsenal fans will be excited to see Granit Xhaka, a £30m summer signing, in the flesh and the Swiss will be equally eager to impress. But that enthusiasm is likely to land him in trouble against tricky competition.

The 23-year-old has accumulated five red cards since the start of the 2013/14 season, a figure only bettered by one other player across Europe's top five leagues. We think he'll match Yannick Cahuzac's record of six red cards by the time the match is finished. 

Peter South

Simon Mingolet to Petr Cech by pulling off a string of incredible saves

How Liverpool fans would love to have a goalkeeper like Petr Cech. The Anfield faithful have never been convinced by Simon Mignolet and the Belgian has reminded them many a time as to why with a series of clangers. On his day, however, he can be world-class.

Mignolet is likely to be the busier of the two goalkeepers and Arsenal are renowned for their inability to finish chances. He has the chance to be a hero for the Reds. 

Rob Hoskin

Theo Walcott starts up front and scores twice in an Arsenal win

Centre-back may be a problem for Wenger, but the decision up front could arguably be bigger. Olivier Giroud is still unfit following Euro 2016 and failed moves for Jamie Vardy and Alexandre Lacazette have left options thin on the ground.

It appears to be a straight choice between Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott but I think it will be the latter who is given the chance. He was impressive in the pre-season friendly against Manchester City and his pace will worry a frail Liverpool defence.

Robert Swan

Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum to both score on their competitive debuts for Liverpool

Xhaka is likely to start for Arsenal and his first job will be to keep Liverpool's £55m duo Mane and Wijnaldum quiet. Both have the advantage of having Premier League experience and their pace is likely to trouble the midfielder.

Arsenal's defence is also weak meaning chances will come aplenty for the Reds. I am backing both of them to score although that won't guarantee Liverpool the victory.

Glenn Durrant

Alexis Sanchez scores in the last minute to secure Arsenal a 3-2 victory

Arsenal's title hopes will surely rest on Sanchez's shoulders. The Chilean has had a decent summer break after the Copa America finished early and should start against Liverpool.

He remains one of the few truly world-class players in the Premier League and can make the difference in the title race. The former Barcelona forward will get his season off to a great start by scoring a late winner in a thrilling contest.

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