West Ham have shown an improvement in recent weeks but they remain pretty inconsistent. They will no doubt raise their game as they welcome the league leaders, but City are in relentless form at the moment and it is difficult to see anything other than an away win here.
The pressure is on both of these teams at Old Trafford as they need to bounce back from difficult results. Palace seem incapable of keeping a clean sheet and that does not bode well for them especially with various injury doubts, so United have to be favoured to take the points here.
The Kings kicked off their title defence in superb form as they looked strong with both bat and ball as they beat the Pakhtoons comfortably. The Sindhis were hammered although it is difficult to read too much into that match given Shazhad’s stunning fireworks.
It will be interesting to see whether Ranieri can make an immediate impact at Fulham. This fixture will give him confidence as Southampton are not playing particularly well themselves and it would be no surprise to see the 'new manager effect' kicking in here.
Cardiff have not parked the bus when they have faced some of the bigger teams in the league but that has backfired as they have struggled. Everton are finding their feet under Marco Silva and are improving every week so expect them to take all three points at Goodison.
Brighton have lost their last two matches although they return home here where they are significantly stronger than on their travels.
At first glance, neither of these teams look to possess the serious big hitting that would see them go far in this tournament unless one or two players really click into gear.
There have been five draws in the last nine test matches at Chittagong, and although some of those have been rain affected, the last test there between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka earlier this year saw 1500 runs scored and just 24 wickets going down.
This match promises to be shootout with two of the best teams from last year going head-to-head on the opening day. Both teams possess some serious firepower with the bat but some talented bowling options too. It will be interesting to see the team selections given the sheer quality in both squads, but this match will surely be a shootout and if one batsmen really fires, that will be the decisive factor.
After a fortnight full of Brexit deals, Christmas adverts and mash-ups of Charlie Austin and Blur, football fans from all around the world can rejoice that there are no more international breaks until mid-March. Riding the emotional wave of football deciding to come home, we return to Premier League action and weekly FPL agonies.
The key in the T10 format is to score quickly and big so losing wickets will not be a major factor as long as they can bat deep down the line-up. Depending on the availability of their players given the crossover with the Mzansi Super League and internationals is affecting some players, and that may see some missing here.
Benjamin Mendy’s absence may lead to a reshuffling of squads, as FPL bosses choose between premium replacements and reinvestment through budget purchases. The international break has left a litter of yellow flags though both Sergio Aguero and Anthony Martial have been pictured in training, while Everton are one of several sides with favourable upcoming schedules.
At the moment, Sandy Park Stadium seems like a fortress for any away team playing there. Exeter look extremely strong at home and it’s going to take a monumental effort from Gloucester to hand the Chiefs their first loss of the season.
Rugby fans are in for a treat as two of the Pro14’s best teams face off on Friday night. Although many of their international players won’t be available, both sides will be hoping to maintain their strong starts to the season, with Leinster the clear favourites here.