Premier League Betting: Opening Weekend
The Premier League returns this weekend with all 20 teams hoping to get off to a good start. Which markets could make you some money from the opening fixtures?
The season kicks off at Old Trafford on Saturday when Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United host Swansea City. The two sides met on the opening day last season in which United won comfortably 4-1. A repeat of the same scoreline can be found at 22/1 with Bet365. New United captain Wayne Rooney needs 2 goals to move joint 3rd with Thierry Henry in the Premier League’s all time leading goalscorers and is priced at 11/2 with BetFair to do so.
Newcastle host champions Manchester City also in a repeat of last season’s opening fixture. City won emphatically 4-0 that day and are priced at 30/1 with BetVictor to repeat the feat. City to win to nil is 11/5 with Coral and could Frank Lampard make a goalscoring debut? He’s priced at 16/5 with Paddy Power to score anytime.
Southampton travel to Anfield in the first Super Sunday game and are priced at 9/1 with BoyleSports to cause an upset over Liverpool. They won 1-0 in the fixture last season, with Dejan Lovren, who has now made the move to Merseyside, scoring the decider. The Croatian is 9/1 with Ladbrokes to score on his Liverpool debut and Rickie Lambert, who has also made the move, is 11/8 with BetBright to score anytime.
Arsenal have not won on the opening day since 2009 and face a Crystal Palace side which surprisingly parted company with manager Tony Pulis just 2 days before the first game at the Emirates. If Pulis’ departure hasn’t put you off a shock Palace win, your best price is 14/1 with Bet365. Aaron Ramsey is 13/2 with BoyleSports to be first goalscorer as the Welshman looks to pick up where he left off last season.
How will the newly promoted sides fare on the opening weekend? An optimistic treble for Leicester, QPR and Burnley all to win this weekend is 80/1 with BetVictor, but in truth you’re more likely to see a return on a 9/1 treble on them all to lose.
Burnley host title favourites Chelsea on Monday night with new blues signing Diego Costa looking to impress on debut. He should see plenty of goalscoring opportunities and is 11/2 with Bet365 to score 2 or more and 25/1 to score a hat-trick. Another debutant Cesc Fabregas is 9/1 with Ladbrokes to be first goal scorer. Perhaps the best Burnley fans can hope for is a goal, and both teams to score is 6/5 with BetVictor.
Mauricio Pochettino’s first game as Tottenham managers sees his Spurs side host West Ham at White Hart Lane. The Hammers won the fixture last season and are tipped at 3/1 with BoyleSports to cause an opening day upset.
Similarly, Alan Irvine manages his first game as West Brom manager on Saturday afternoon. The Baggies host Sunderland and have won the last 3 games between the two sides. They’re priced at 13/10 with most bookmakers for an opening day win.
Aston Villa conceded the most fouls last season, so an outside bet of Stoke to be awarded a penalty when the sides meet at 5/1 (BetFair) could be a good punt.
Everton’s big money signing Romelu Lukaku will be looking to score on the opening day. He’s priced at 11/2 with BetVictor to be first goal scorer as Premier League football comes to the King Power Stadium.