Betting Tips

Premier League Betting Tips for the Opening Weekend


Premier League 2016/17 Opening Day Betting Tips

The Premier League season is set to return to our screens on Friday night as Community Shield winners Arsenal come up against 2015/16 Premier League champions Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium. The following day, we are treated to seven further Premier League fixtures, followed by the final two gameweek matches on Sunday afternoon.

 

Last season’s champions Chelsea are up against one of this season’s relegation favourites Burnley at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have allowed Nemanja Matic and John Terry to leave from their title winning squad, with top scorer Diego Costa also set to leave the club this summer. They have signed Antonio Rudiger from Roma and Tiemoue Bakayoko in a bid to upgrade those two positions, although Rudiger is expected to start on the bench on Saturday and Bakayoko misses out through injury. Costa’s replacement comes in form of Alvaro Morata, signing from Real Madrid.

The big news for the champions is that key man Eden Hazard will be missing for several weeks, meaning that Brazilian winger Willian will likely start at home to the Clarets. Without Hazard in the lineup to unlock the doors and no proven Premier League striker starting in the opening gameweek, Burnley will be happy to set up in a defensive approach in a bid to nick an opening day point. We get the feeling Chelsea will have enough to break the walls down eventually and Burnley will struggle to get a goal in the process, so backing Chelsea to win to nil is the best approach here.

Elsewhere, Ronald Koeman’s Everton are up against Stoke City in their first game without top scorer Romelu Lukaku, who has moved onto Manchester United. The Merseysiders have attempted to replace the Belgian with former star Wayne Rooney and Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez, though neither appear up to the task of scoring 25 goals this season. Nonetheless, Koeman’s side have looked strong and organised in preseason and European encounters so far and should be able to dispose of Stoke City, who had a poor season last campaign. It could be tight, but Everton will win this game.

Our final prediction comes in Saturday’s evening game, where newly promoted Brighton come up against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. City have spent over £100m on new full backs this summer, as well as signing goalkeeper Ederson Moraes from Benfica and Bernardo Silva from Monaco. These signings represent a serious desire to win the Premier League title and the Blues have had a magnificent preseason campaign. Brighton couldn’t have asked for a tougher first fixture in the Premier League. Even though the Albion will show a strong will to battle against City, it seems very likely that the Manchester outfit will eventually break them down with their fierce attacking force. Back Manchester City to win this game.