The Premier League returns this weekend. Whilst there are still a few days for clubs to get deals over the line before the start of the season, it seems like most clubs have already kitted out their stadiums with a crop of new signings. How will they affect the outcome of matches on day one?
Manchester United - Tottenham: Man Utd to win - Odds 2.05 @ bet365
Everton - Watford: Everton to win - Odds 1.72 @ bet365
Arsenal - West Ham: West Ham to win - Odds 12.0 @ bet365
West Bromwich - Manchester City: Man City to win - Odds 1.61 @ bet365
The Premier League season begins with Spurs’ tricky visit to Old Trafford, where they face a rebuilt Manchester United squad. Will De Gea make it between the sticks? Can Rooney hold the fort up front all on his lonesome? Those are questions we don’t have the answers to. United will be better rested than Tottenham (due to their participation in the Audi Cup), and they have a better squad on paper. As we saw last year, though, this means little.
A good pre-season run can count for nothing on the opening weekend, as United discovered to their peril against Swansea last year. Even so, one would have to favour United to grab all three points and momentarily sit on top of the league for the first time in a couple of years. Bet365 is offering 1.61 for a Man United win, whilst if you fancy a punt at a shock away win, they’ll offer you 5.50. A draw comes in at a reasonable 3.80 with Bet365.
After the curtain raiser, newly promoted Bournemouth host Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa, and that one is too tough to call. Everton should dispatch of newly promoted Watford, with the Toffees at 1.72 with Bet365 to do just that. Meanwhile, Leicester are 1.90 on to defeat Sunderland at home, whilst Norwich City and Crystal Palace play each other at Carrow Road. You can get a very respectable 2.90 on Palace spanking the Canaries. With their big money signings (Connor Wickham and Yohan Cabaye to name a few), that’s a bet everybody will want a slice of.
The defending champions are at home to Swansea in the final match on Saturday. Bet365 is offering you a bold 9.00 to the pound if you’re brave enough to bet on Swansea. This could be an intriguing bet, and shocks do occur on the opening day. Chelsea are likely to stride home, though.
Sunday’s opener between Arsenal and West Ham sees Bet365 offering you odds of just 1.25 for a Gunners win. They are basing that on Arsenal following up their Community Shield win in style. Don’t write off the Hammers, though. They’ve been spending themselves, and a huge 12.00 offer for a West Ham away win is very tempting indeed.
Newcastle and Southampton play at the same time, with odds of 2.87 for the Magpies to win, 3.20 for the draw, and 2.50 for a Saints win, all very close. One would expect a Southampton win, so those odds aren’t too shabby at all.
Sunday’s final game sees Stoke take on Liverpool. Despite the fact that Stoke have knocked Liverpool for six the last few times they have met, Bet365 is offering you 3.40 for a Potters win. Liverpool are favoured at 2.10. If Benteke can’t get his stuff together, and the Reds’new signings don’t gel, one would have to fancy Stoke doing it again, and at those odds it’s a steal.
The final match to be played features West Brom, who host Manchester City. The Baggies are going through a tough time, and they haven’t strengthened anywhere near enough. Although they are 5.25 to beat City, you would have to back Man City to win it, especially at a somewhat generous 1.61.
Bet365 also covers the matches via live streams, so you can stay fixed to the screens and watch all of the action from the opening weekend with them. The Premier League is back, the bets are flowing, and we’ ve still got a good month left in the transfer window. This Premiership year looks to be toughest and best ever.Please note: the odds may change.