For football fans, this is the best weekend of the year. We had the luxury of an awesome World Cup to keep us occupied in the off-season but the wait has still been too long. The drama, excitement and passion of the toughest league in the world is just about upon us. The EPL is back!

Moneyball will once again be running contests throughout the whole of the season, giving members the ultimate daily fantasy football experience. Real cash prizes are up for grabs so this is not to be missed.

We’ve made a couple of updates to the scoring this season with ‘clearances’ (0.75 points) being changed to ‘goal-line clearances’ (3 points).

Season 2018/19 Preview

Contenders

I’d be a fool to confidently predict how this season will unfold. As we all know, just about anything can happen in this league. With that being said, most of us would assume the usual suspects to be fighting it out come match-day 38 next year.

Defending champions Manchester City would have to be the early favourites after a historic season last year. Can they back it up? Liverpool have made some quality signings to compliment their prolific front 3 from last year and certainly look like a danger. Manchester UnitedChelsea and Tottenham will all be out for redemption after never really challenging in 17/18.

Best of the Rest

Ever since Leicester City did the unimaginable a few years back, this section actually has some weight to it. We all love a fairy tale story so why not throw some names in the hat? I guess it is probably harsh to include Arsenal in this category however, some poor showings in recent years would probably make them a darkhorse. The first season in 20 odd years without Wenger at the helm – just the change they needed?

Teams such as EvertonLeicester City and Newcastle always promise to challenge the big boys but have been disappointing in the last couple of seasons. I would be keeping a close eye on West Ham after a very busy transfer window, they have recruited some top talent and should definitely be improving on their 13th finish last year. Wolverhampton are back this year and have some quality additions to a strong squad – expecting them to surprise a lot of teams. I wouldn’t ignore newly-promoted Fulham either, who have added some world-class players to a team who know what it takes to win games in the top flight.

Survival

Just as entertaining as the battle for top spot is the chaos and excitement down the opposite end of the table. Newly promoted Cardiff City are yet to make any major signings which probably has their fans a little worried. Huddersfield and Southampton held on by the smallest of margins last year and won’t want to find themselves back in that position again. Brighton are in a similar boat and look like a chance of ending up in that dreaded bottom three. I’m also tipping over-achieving Burnley to slide down the table this season and a reality check may be in-store for Sean Dyche’s men.