This Friday night sees the return of the Premier League. Manchester United host Leicester in the opening fixture of the 2018/19 season. Jose Mourinho will be hoping his side can claim all three points and steal a early march over his rivals who don’t kick off until Saturday and Sunday.
Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and Man City all have difficult opening fixtures in game day one of the new Premier League season. The most intriguing clash comes on Sunday when Arsenal face champions Manchester City at the Emirates at 5:00pm. Arsenal’s new manager Unai Emery, formerly of Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla, is the man hoping to get his managerial career at Arsenal off to a winning start in his first Premier League game in charge of the Gunners. Although, the bookmakers have Manchester City as favourites in this match, look for paypal bookies who are at least offering even money on Manchester City winning although a draw also looks possible.
Liverpool start the season with a home fixture against West Ham, on paper you’d expect Klopp’s men to secured all three points comfortably. Liverpool have enjoyed a successful pre-season, with victories over arch rivals Manchester United and Manchester City. Liverpool ended their run of friendly games with a convincing 5 nil thrashing of Italian team Napoli in Dublin. There isn’t much value in the match betting on this game. Liverpool are offered at 1/4 with Bet365 and West Ham are the 12/1 outsiders. One bet you might consider is the ‘Over 2.5’ goals at 8/15. 75% of Liverpool’s last 20 games has produced a winning bet in this market.
Opening day usually throws up a couple of unexpected results and I’ve got a feeling Huddersfield Vs Chelsea could be one of those matches. Currently you can get Huddersfield at 6/1 to beat Chelsea. Huddersfield have been a thorn in the side of many a top Premier League side, especially at home.
The final ‘big match’ of the weekend involves Tottenham traveling to Newcastle. This match could be a classic. Tottenham will be looking to build on the success of the last two seasons whilst Newcastle will be hoping a win against one of the big boys could get them off to a good start. You’d expect Tottenham to be favourites in this clash but St. James Park is never an easy place to go. I would be looking at the ‘Both Teams To Score’ market in this fixture. Spurs are likely to bag a goal or two and I can see Newcastle benefiting from some early season rustiness from the Tottenham back line. Betfair is offering 4/5 on the both teams finding the back of the net.
The televised games for opening weekend include:
- Manchester United v Leicester (Friday 10th August 20:00 Skysports)
- Newcastle v Tottenham (Saturday 11th August 12:30 Skysports)
- Wolves v Everton (Saturday 11th August 17:30 BT sport)
- Liverpool v West Ham (Sunday 12th August 13:30 Skysports)
- Arsenal v Man City (Sunday 12th August 16:00 Skysports).