With the Premier League’s curtain raiser just around the corner, here are some tips for where your money should go this weekend.
I’m experiencing equal amounts of excitement and dread as muchas the next Tottenham fan, but that won’t stop me backing Spurs’ resident dolphin to get get on the scoresheet at Old Trafford. It’s an extremely tough start to the season for us, considering United won 3-0 in this fixture last season and have since gone on to strengthen their squad considerably. Prior to that defeat however, Tottenham won in consecutive seasons at Old Trafford, so there is hope. Chadli has looked sharp in pre-season, and 9-2 is a good price to back a player who managed 13 goals in all competitions last term.
I hate to say it, but Chelsea are likely to start their season with a win against Swansea City. The Blues are unbeaten in their last eight league meetings with Swansea, winning the last five. In fact, the Swans haven’t beaten Chelsea in a league game since 1981. Eden Hazard played a huge part in Chelsea’s title success last season, and with Diego Costa set to miss the beginning of the new campaign, the champions will be relying on Hazard to provide goals.
One to add to your BTTS accumulator. Liverpool haven’t drastically improved the defence that leaked six goals in this fixture on the final day of last season. That game will still be fresh in the minds of the Liverpool players who will be all out for revenge. Brendan Rodgers’ side beat Stoke 5-3 at the Britannia in the 2013/14 campaign. Remember? When they were good? The Potters have only lost one of their seven Premier League matches against Liverpool at home. Regardless of the result, the game is sure to see goals.
Many people seem to think Manchester City might struggle this season, but with Raheem Sterling, David Silva and Sergio Aguero leading the line, they’re sure to score a lot of goals as usual. Tony Pulis knows how to set up his teams to defend, so on paper this will be a tough test for the visitors. But I get the feeling last year’s runners-up are going to signal their title intent early on with a rampant display at the Hawthorns. The Citizens have won their last seven league games against West Brom, who have only won one of eight Premier League season openers, losing five. The Baggies might have kept 16 clean sheets last term, second only to Chelsea, but it’s hard to see past a strong City side rolling them over.
Bournemouth v Aston Villa - HOME WIN
Everton v Watford - HOME WIN
Leicester v Sunderland - AWAY WIN
Norwich v Crystal Palace - AWAY WIN