The new English Premier League season kicks off tomorrow with seven games through the day. Here’s a preview of each with betting in mind
The season starts at 12.45pm on BT Sport with
Liverpool v Stoke City
Many people will have Liverpool in tomorrow’s accumulators, so here is a chance for the day to start well. Even when they had the goalscoring firepower of Luis Suarez last season Liverpool were not friendly to punters when odds-on at home as they are tomorrow, losing and drawing multiple games they were expected to win though this trend did reduce towards the end of the season.
Tomorrow should see several debuts, notably Aspas up front and Coutinho might be expected to play in behind.
Although Liverpool’s recent home record against Stoke is poor, with no wins in four games, that was Pulis’ Stoke and we shouldn’t read much into it. At this stage its not too easy to see where Stoke are going to be that prolific in front of goal away from home and an interesting price is Liverpool to win to Nil at 6/5 with Ladbrokes
Arsenal v Aston Villa (1500)
Arsenal had a great end to last season obtaining 26 points in 10 games. Away from the controversy about not being able to strengthen the squad this Summer, Arsenal should once again be a strong proposition at home, with plenty of high scoring matches.
Aston Villa and particularly their young players should be stronger for last year’s experience and 16 goal benteke will once again represent their main goal threat
With Benteke at one end, and the leakiest defence in the League at the other, the bet for me is Both Teams to score at 10/11 with Coral
Norwich City v Everton (1500)
Everton under new manager Roberto Martinez are marginal favourites for this match, and have defied some expectations in keeping the likes of Baines and Fellaini whilst strengthening the squad around them.
Under Chris Hughton, Norwich have invested heavily this summer, spending £20m on the likes of Van Wolfswinkel, Fer and Hooper. Last season Norwich’s strength in thre second half of the season was a tight defence particularly at centre back with Bassong acompanied by emerging star Ryan Bennett. Will the introduction of so much attacking flair herald a change in style? Will this make them more open at the back?
Three of the last four meetings between these two sides have ended in a draw, and I am struggling to seperate them again. I am going for a draw at 12/5 BetVictor
Sunderland v Fulham (1500)
Which way will Sunderland go in their first full season under the controversial Paolo di Canio?
In prior seasons the expecation here would be a low scoring game. Under Di Canio though, the outlook is for more excitement especially with the re-introduction to English Football of Jozy Altidore, hat-trick scorer in International football midweek and a much improved player. For Fulham Berbatov and Ruiz may be joined by Darren bent up-front. I am going contrarian here, with the underdog Over 2.5 goals at 11/10 BetVictor
West Bromwich Albion v Southampton (1500)
West Brom are a different proposition this year going forward.
Lukaku and his 17 goals have returned to warm the Chelsea Bench and in come Anelka and Vydra. I am not convinced in the return of Anelka, 11 goals in 66 games in the last three seasons.
I am more convinced that Southampton will kick on again this season under their ambitious owner. The signings of Lovren and Wanyama should help improve the defence and holding midfield and in Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez they will always be a threat up front
For me, the value in this game is Southampton at 9/4 Ladbrokes
West Ham United v Cardiff City (1500)
Don’t underestimate Cardiff though. They are very solid away from home, ekeing out a lot of clean sheets and narrow wins in the Championship, are set up to be difficult to beat and with signings of the quality of Caulker and Medel that will only be ehnhanced this season.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Draw at 13/5 BetVictor
Swansea v Manchester United (1730)
This game is Live on SkySports.
Swansea will pair Dutch arrival Wilfried Bony with Michu, who scored in both games against Manchester United last season.
For Manchester United, David Moyes will be hoping for more of the same, and this promises to be an attractive contest
Odds around Evens for Manchester United look a bit skinny to me at such a tough place to start the season. I prefer Over 2.5 goals 10/11 BetVictor in what should be an open game
Whatever you back, enjoy the return of the Premier League, and let Betpal guide you through another exciting season!