The moment everyone has been waiting for all summer has arrived as the Premier League season kicks off this weekend. We’ve got all the best betting angles covered from the opening round of matches, including Liverpool’s curtain-raiser against newly promoted Norwich City on Friday night.
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Arsenal took six points from Newcastle last season and they can get their new season off to a flyer with victory at St James’ Park on Sunday.
New Magpies manager Steve Bruce’s toughest job will be winning over the fans this season. Whether it’s a full house on Sunday or not though, we fancy Unai Emery’s men to claim all three points.
Last season’s joint Golden Boot winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has shown no signs of slowing down in preseason and he can help fire the Londoners to victory in this one alongside new record signing Nicolas Pepe.
Arsenal’s success this year is going to hinge on their away form. Amazingly last season the Gunners kept just one clean sheet in 19 Premier League away games so 5/2 about them winning on Tyneside and both teams finding the net looks a decent shout.
The First Goal Flutter
Mohamed Salah looked ominously sharp for Liverpool against Manchester City in the Community Shield last weekend and could be the pick at 3/1 to score first against Norwich City on Friday night. The Egyptian has bagged 54 Premier League goals and won two Golden Boots (one shared) since joining the Merseyside giants two summers ago.
Three goals from his first eight Premier League games last season had critics dismissing him as a “one season wonder” but he ended up banging in 22 league goals and will again be Liverpool’s main attacking threat this term.
Selection: £2 on Salah to score first at 3/1 with bet365.
The Tasty Treble
Manchester United face Chelsea in a huge fixture in the opening weekend. It’s a fabulous game to begin with and provides the Red Devils with a perfect opportunity to make a real statement. They’ve invested heavily in a new-look defence and could prove too hot for a Chelsea side who’ve lost attacking genius Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.
Elsewhere, we fancy Watford to take care of business against Brighton at Vicarage Road. The Hornets have not been very active in the transfer market this summer but have managed to keep hold of the core of a team that finished a respectable eleventh last term.
Brighton somehow stayed up despite failing to win any of their last nine games. They’ve spent some decent money in preseason but this new side could take time to gel so 10/11 about the home win looks decent. Add in Arsenal to beat Newcastle at 8/11 for a Premier League treble paying just shy of 6/1 with bet365.
Selection: £4 on the treble at 5.92/1 with bet365.
The Euro Wager
Lyon are being tipped to have a decent season in Ligue 1 and look a strong bet at 11/8 to beat Monaco on Friday evening. Third behind winners Paris Saint-Germain and runners-up Lille last season, Les Gones will compete in the group stages of the Champions League in 2019/20.
Sylvinho has been appointed as manager of a club that continues to churn out top class youngsters. Tanguy Ndombele may have left for north London but there is plenty of other top class talent at the club and they might be too strong for Monaco, who have Radamel Falcao and Aleksandr Golovin both suspended for Friday’s opening clash.
Selection: £4 on Lyon to beat Monaco at 11/8 with bet365.
The Wildcard Tip
Manchester City scaled new peaks last season as they became the first English club to win the domestic treble. The Citizens ended their campaign with 14 straight league wins to hold off the challenge of Liverpool on the final day, and they are big odds on shots (2/9) to beat West Ham at the London Stadium.
However West Ham’s 52-point tally last season was their highest since leaving Upton Park and they’ve splashed the cash again this summer. We feel they can give Pep Guardiola’s men a serious argument here and like the look of bet365’s 5/1 price about Manchester City winning the game after first falling behind.
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