Predicting the Results of EPL's Opening Week of 2011-12

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Predicting the Results of EPL's Opening Week of 2011-12

The Premier League's Chief Executive Richard Scudamore this morning announced that he and his colleagues have decided to postpone Tottenham Hotspur's home match against Everton.

However, all other fixtures on the opening weekend of the season should proceed as normal despite the rioting which has plagued English cities for the past few days.

Scudamore explained that the police had worked hard to secure the area of North London around Tottenham's White Hart Lane, but that they were still ''unable to hand Tottenham High Road back to the council'' and therefore, secure the safety certificate required to proceed with the fixture.

Although this news is disappointing, it is not surprising. The F.A. had to cancel the midweek international friendly due to take place at Wembley between England and the Netherlands for the same reason.

In spite of the riots, there is a lot to look forward to. How will the promoted trio of clubs fare this season? Will Liverpool and Manchester City challenge for the title on the back of active summers in the transfer market? Which clubs might be left behind, and which players will have breakthrough seasons?

In the opening round of fixtures, notable matches include Swansea travelling to Manchester City, Liverpool entertaining Sunderland and West Brom testing Manchester United's title credentials.

Starting from this week, I will attempt to predict the result for each weekend fixture in the Premier League and invite a fellow Bleacher Report writer to challenge me. There will be three points for a correct score and one for a correct result.

This week's special guest is Will Tidey, the World Football Team Leader on Bleacher Report. Will has more than 500,000 reads, has just written a biography of Sir Alex Ferguson and writes about many sports for several leading online websites.

Bring it on!

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