Premier League Preview And Football Betting Tips
Matt’s Weekend Acca
Of the big boys, I thought Chelsea sent out the strongest signals of intent in the opening round, with Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas already looking excellent acquisitions as they tore Burnley apart 3-1. They are being made Premier League outright favourites at 6/4 with Paddy Power and it’ll certainly take something special to pip them to the post.
Even though Leicester gave a decent account of themselves in their 2-2 draw with Everton, they will be no match for a hungry Jose Mourinho side, especially at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea to overcome a -1 handicap at 8/11 with SkyBet looks value.
Having opened his account in the division last week, I reckon Costa will trouble the scoresheet again, and the 10/3 with bet365 on the Spaniard being first goal-scorer looks a decent bet.
Though it’s disappointing not to have taken a point away from Anfield, I’m not too downhearted after Southampton’s 2-1 defeat to Liverpool last week. I thought we played some very encouraging stuff and that the main difference was Daniel Sturridge, who is a class above and, for my money, one of the best strikers in Europe right now.
It’s our first home game of the campaign on Saturday and I think we’ve got enough quality across the field to see off West Brom. Though many have voiced concerns over our dealings this window, you have to admit that the addition of Dusan Tadic could prove to be a great bit of business based on last week’s evidence. Though I’m wary of the threat of Baggies striker Saido Berahino, I’ll be plumping for the 10/11 Saints victory with BetFred.
Everton take on Arsenal in Saturday’s late kick off. The Toffees gave the Gunners a brief scare for their fourth place spot towards the back end of last year, and resoundingly beat them 3-0 the last time they met at Goodison.
There’s a real excitement about what Roberto Martinez is doing on Merseyside, but Arsene Wenger is the king at building football legacies. Though I’m sure they are full of mutual admiration for one another, this is a great opportunity for the master and mentor to lock horns.
Both sides are set out to play almost equally attacking stuff, and I can see them cancelling each other out. A draw at 5/2 with Boylesports appeals and I reckon we’ll see goals in this fixture, so I’ll be going a step further with a 2-2 correct score at 14/1 with BetVictor.
Undoubtedly the biggest shock of the opening weekend was Louis van Gaal losing his first game in charge as Manchester United manager at home to Swansea. The Dutchman arrives at Old Trafford with a lot of prestige under his belt, but can he return the Red Devils to title contenders? They are 9/1 with Betfair in the outright, but not this season for me.
Still, I can’t see them losing twice in a row, so I’d back them at 3/4 with Ladbrokes to beat Sunderland away this Sunday. The Black Cats had to rescue a last minute draw against West Brom and they simply don’t have the same potential as Swansea to upset a team like United.
Mario Balotelli’s proposed transfer to Liverpool has certainly turned a few heads, but whether the Italian’s move will be completed, let alone whether he’ll be ready in time to face his former club, before Monday’s clash with Manchester City remains to be seen.
It’ll be a tight affair, but Manuel Pellegrini’s men have both home advantage and I think a better developed squad on their side, while the Reds’ raft of signings will still be finding their feet. A 2-1 City victory at 8/1 with bet365 could prove rewarding, but for the less precise, the 5/6 win with Coral should be the choice.
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MATT’S PREMIER LEAGUE TIPS
Chelsea -1 8/11 at Sky Bet
Costa to score first, Chelsea v Leicester – 10/3 bet365
Southampton to win – 10/11 Betfred
Everton v Arsenal 2-2 – 14/1 BetVictor
Man Utd to win – 3/4 Ladbrokes
Man City to win 2-1 – 8/1 bet365
Chelsea to beat Leicester
Saints to beat West Brom
Everton to draw with Arsenal
Man United to beat Sunderland
Man City to beat Liverpool