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English Premier League Week 1 Preview


The 2015/16 English Premier League season officially gets underway this weekend when Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur meet at Old Trafford on Saturday night Australian time.

Champions Chelsea will look to begin their title defence in the best way possible against Swansea, while the newly-promoted Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich are all charged with difficult first round opponents.

We’re offering the best odds on the widest range of markets on all ten Premier League matches in Week 1!

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur

The 2015/16 Premier League season will begin at Old Trafford on Saturday night as Manchester United play host to Tottenham. Similarly to Dutchman’s first season in charge, United have spent big in the lead-up to this campaign; signing the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin. Spurs, usually hit by their big names signing away between seasons have been able to hold onto a good portion of their team that finished fifth last season; most notably gun striker Harry Kane who has been made club vice-captain this year. In week one matches could realistically go either way, but United at home will probably be too good.

Footy Freaks
Wayne Rooney scores and United wins: $3.25
Harry Kane scores and Tottenham wins: $11

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Bournemouth AFC vs Aston Villa

The first of the newly-promoted teams to take to the pitch this weekend, Bournemouth will play their first ever match in the English Premier League at home to Aston Villa. Having added the likes of Sylvain Disitin and Aussie Adam Federici to the side which ensured passage to England’s top flight on the final day of play last season, the Cherries will have to be on-song if to begin their time in the Premier League positively against a new-look Villa outfit. Villa have lost key striker Christian Benteke but have bolstered their ranks with the likes of Micah Richards, Rudy Gestede and Jordan Ayew, and offer great value for money as outsiders in this match.

Footy Freaks
Callum Wilson scores and Bournemouth wins: $4.25
Rudy Gestede scores and Villa wins: $10

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Everton vs Watford

Watford ensured progression to the Premier League after finishing second in The Championship but face an uphill task in beginning their stay in England’s top tier competitively after being charged with playing Everton at Goodison Park. The Hornets have largely stayed true to the side which saw progression, while Everton have also maintained a pretty firm squad to that which finished 11th in the Premier League last year. It will take a monumental effort for Watford to win away this weekend and Everton are probably one of the week’s safer head-to-head bets as a result.

Footy Freaks
Romelu Lukaku scores and Everton wins: $3.50
Troy Deeney scores and Watford wins: $11

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Leicester City vs Sunderland

In what has every chance of being one of the more well-contested matches in Week 1 of the Premier League, Leicester City host Sunderland at King Power Stadium early Sunday morning Australian time. The Foxes appeared all but assured of relegation with eight weeks to run, anchored at the bottom of the table last season but mustered an incredible effort to climb away from danger; finishing the year 14th overall and as the league’s most in-form team. Sunderland produced a similarly disappointing first half to last year and were lucky not to go down; finishing sixteenth overall and only one win above the drop zone. Leicester have added key forward Shinji Okazaki to their line-up while Sunderland’s team remains very similar to their 2014/15 squad. Leicester at home at current $2 odds offers good value for money.

Footy Freaks
Leonardo Ulloa scores and Leicester wins: $5
Jermaine Defoe scores and Sunderland wins: $10

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Norwich City vs Crystal Palace

Norwich City were demoted from the Premier League for two seasons but won their way back into the top tier via the third place playoffs last season. Have brought a young, exciting squad back to the Premier League, the Canaries will host the always-competitive Crystal Palace in week 1, who are sure to employ a typically strong style of play for the outset. Regular keep Julian Speroni will miss the first few weeks of play with an injured finger, paving the way for Welsh number 1 Wayne Hennessey to make an impact for the Eagles. This match, particularly in week 1 has draw written all over it.

Footy Freaks
Cameron Jerome scores and Norwich wins: $6
Connor Wickham scores and Crystal Palace wins: $7

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Chelsea vs Swansea City

Reigning champions Chelsea will begin their title defence at home against Swansea City, and will be particularly keen to secure the win after losing 1-0 to Arsenal in the Charity Shield last weekend. Chelsea have bolstered their ranks in signing players like back-up goal keeper Asmir Begovic, but have lost Didier Drogba and Petr Cech most notably. Swansea have maintained a largely similar squad to that of 2014/15 and are sure to mount a competitive campaign this year. There really is only one likely result here, and that is a comfortable Chelsea win.

Footy Freaks
Eden Hazard scores and Chelsea wins: $3
Befemtimbi Gomis scores and Swansea wins: $26

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Arsenal vs West Ham United

Reigning FA Cup and Charity Shield champions Arsenal will begin their campaign at home against cross-town rivals West Ham. The Gunners mounted arguably the best challenge to Chelsea in the final weeks of the Premier League season but ended up finishing third overall; enough to secure a Champion’s League berth. The Hammers have not made many changes to their 2014/15 squad but are proven performers early each season. Arsenal will probably win however – their depth is just far too great.

Footy Freaks
Theo Walcott scores and Arsenal wins: $3
Diafra Sakho scores and West Ham wins: $26

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Newcastle vs Southampton

Newcastle were extremely luck not to be demoted to The Championship with their form over the last ten weeks of competition last year, doing just enough allow for another season in the world’s premier competition. Southampton were widely tipped to go down after losing many of their starts to the league’s big teams but produced undoubtedly their most impressive campaign to date to finish seventh overall and win passage to the Europa League. Having confirmed Steve McClaren in the top job this season, Newcastle will want to get their campaign off to the best possible start and we’re confident they can do just that at great odds.

Footy Freaks
Papiss Cisse scores and Newcastle wins: $7
Graziano Pele scores and Southampton wins: $6.50

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Stoke City vs Liverpool

Stoke City almost pulled off one of the big off-season coups when narrowly missing the signature of key Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri, but will be keen to prove they are still a force to be reckoned with this season with a first-up win over Liverpool. Liverpool completed a strong pre-season campaign which included a trip to Australia and a ready to fire, in what will surely be a competitive season. Liverpool, if a legitimate title contender have to win matches like this from week 1 and offer great value for money at current $2.25 odds in head-to-head markets.

Footy Freaks
Mame Biram Diouf scores and Stoke wins: $9
Christian Benteke scores and Liverpool wins: $5

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