The Premier League is back and how did we survive the last two and a bit months without it?
In the early hours of Saturday morning, European champions Liverpool kick off the season at home to promoted side Norwich before defending English Champions Manchester City get their campaign underway in London against West Ham.
A huge opening weekend closes out with Manchester United and Chelsea facing off at Old Trafford in Frank Lampard’s managerial debut with the club he made his name with as a player.
We have taken a look through the opening weekend and found our recommended betting plays for your convenience below.
Saturday 10 August, 5:00am, Anfield
Liverpool 4 – Norwich 1
Norwich could not have asked for a tougher return to the Premier League after three seasons in the Championship.
On the plus side they do get their trip to Anfield out of the way first up and perhaps they will be able to catch Liverpool flat after the high note last season ended on.
Remarkably they did manage to steal a draw on their last trip to Merseyside holding the Reds to a 1-1 scoreline in September 2015, although there’s been a significant evolution for the home team since then.
Looking for a value play, the best option here is to back Liverpool in a high scoring affair, even though they return the likes of Virgil van Dijk they could very easily get caught napping although Norwich’s defence should see them give up a few as well.
Back Liverpool to Win and Over 3.5 Goals @ $2.15
Saturday 10 August, 9:30pm, London Stadium
West Ham 0 – Manchester City 5
Be prepared for a long season of betting on Manchester City to find a lot of reasonable plays and they could be one of those teams where a Same Game Multi is an appealing option.
Forget the 4-1 preseason matchup between the two sides, in four of their last six games with meaning, City have won while keeping West Ham goalless.
For all of the focus on the loss of Vincent Kompany and the leadership hole that will leave, it’s not like he was a regular on the pitch for City making just 17 Premier League appearances last year and they had no problems keeping clean sheets without him.
Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling is coming off a goal in the Community Shield and has scored five goals against West Ham in his career so he’ll be the Anytime Goalscorer play to add value.
SGM: Manchester City to Win to Nil & Raheem Sterling Anytime Goalscorer @ $3.59
Sunday 11 August, 12:00am, Vitality Stadium
Bournemouth 1 – Sheffield United 1
Quite a bit has changed since these two sides last met in February 2013.
The most obvious thing is the fact both sides have advanced up the tables and are now both in the Premier League with Sheffield back for the first time since 2006/2007.
It would not be at all surprising to see both sides battling for a similar finishing position but in this instance you have to give the edge to the side not making their Premier League return.
At home around even money, Bournemouth is the play.
Back Bournemouth to Win @ $2.00
Sunday 11 August, 12:00am, Turf Moor
Burnley 3 – Southampton 0
Out of all the midnight kickoffs in this weekend of Premier League action, this is one you can probably just wait to catch the highlights of.
Historically these two at least play out close matches with three straight draws in the last 18 months and a grand total of four goals in that time.
If you have to give an edge to one side here it would probably be Burnley but with the history of draws and the uncertainty about both sides and their ability to start strong, back the value of a low scoring draw with a Same Game Multi.
SGM: Draw and Under 2.5 Goals @ $4.05
Sunday 11 August, 12:00am, Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace 0 – Everton 0
Barring a miraculous turnaround on deadline day, Palace are a much more interesting prospect this season with their unlikely retention of Wilfried Zaha.
He at least gives them a steady outlet going forward and a top attacking weapon.
Everton on the other hand has spent to make an assault on the top six and really can’t afford a slow start like last year when they won just one of their first six.
The remarkable thing is these sides still have transfer business to unfold with each other with Everton making a late move for Zaha while James McCarthy could be moving from Merseyside to London.
If the Zaha move does unfold, it will further strengthen an Everton side that is already looking pretty formidable and should be able to pick up three points to start the season.
Back Everton to Win @ $2.40
Brighton and Hove Albion
Sunday 11 August, 12:00am, Vicarage Road
Watford 0 – Brighton 3
These sides gave up 119 goals between them last season so don’t be too surprised if this one bucks the recent trend of low scoring clashes between the them.
Each of the last eight meetings between the two sides have had two or fewer goals but this has the makings of a slightly more free flowing encounter.
Generally speaking, Brighton just aren’t that good defensively having only kept seven clean sheets last year and will have a hard time keeping Watford at bay.
I’ll back the stable Watford squad to get off to a fast start and score a few goals.
SGM: Watford to Win & Over 2.5 Goals @ $3.30
Sunday 11 August, 2:30am, Tottenham Stadium
Tottenham 3 – Aston Villa 1
At some point Tottenham’s trophy drought will come to an end and with the reported interest in Paulo Dybala it would be a huge statement of intent and help offset the reported loss of Christian Eriksen.
Regardless of which players leave or arrive in the next couple of days, they should be able to dish out a rough Premier League welcome to Villa.
With a mismatch such as this, it’s worth dipping into the Same Game Multi well for a bet here and back a Spurs win and their leading marksman Harry Kan for a brace.
SGM: Tottenham to Win, Harry Kane To Score 2+ Goals @ $5.98
Sunday 11 August, 11:00pm, King Power Stadium
Leicester 0 – Wolves 0
If both of these clubs live up to their potential this season, this contest has the potential to be really entertaining.
They will have their sights firmly set on a top six finish and a good start will help that cause.
All three results certainly look like they could be in play here so instead of trying to force a play in a market that could go either direction, I’m going to look elsewhere.
When these sides met back in January it was one of the games of the season as Wolves won a 4-3 classic with Diogo Jota scoring a late winner.
With Brendan Rodgers now in charge at Leicester and the attacking prowess on both sides I’m backing a very high scoring encounter.
Back Over 3.5 Goals @ $3.90
Sunday 11 August, 11:00pm, St James’ Park
Newcastle 0 – Arsenal 1
Newcastle have had a horrendous offseason and there really isn’t a lot of reason to feel confident in anything going on at that club right now.
Steve Bruce has had a few moments as a manager but getting anything out of this squad could be his finest moment.
It hasn’t been all roses for Arsenal this offseason but they have a squad that as it is currently constructed could score five in any given week… and also concede five.
The Gunners road woes are also very well documented but they should be able to get through this game with a win on individual effort alone.
I’ll take a simple Same Game Multi here and back an Arsenal win with at least two goals scored.
SGM: Arsenal to Win & Over 1.5 Goals @ $2.08
Monday 12 August, 1:00am, Old Trafford
Manchester United 4 – Chelsea 0
Don’t expect too many goals in this one as Frank Lampard takes charge of his first competitive fixture as Chelsea boss.
He duelled with United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the early 2000’s as players at their respective clubs but now they will be slightly better dressed as managers on the touchline, duelling with tactics instead of athleticism.
What probably won’t change is the history of low scoring encounters between the two sides, just four of the 17 matches since April 2013 have seen more than two goals scored.
United have won just three times in that span with six draws although it’s asking a lot for Lampard to have this Chelsea squad firing from the outset.
What does seem like the most likely scenario is a cagey, low scoring encounter so as a value bet it’s worth backing under 1.5 for this one.
Back Under 1.5 Goals @ $3.20
Four weeks after the end of the World Cup, football’s biggest domestic league is back underway and there are a lot of questions surrounding every club from top to bottom.
How will the new managers go at Arsenal and Chelsea?
Will Jose Mourinho buck his third season trend?
Can a club bust into the top six?
Will all three promoted clubs survive the drop again?
Perhaps most importantly, will anybody knock Manchester City off their perch?
Read on for our Premier League Round 1 tips including our Same Game Multis, which are now available on every single English Premier League clash!
Saturday 11 August, 4:45am, Old Trafford
Manchester United 2 – Leicester 1
Leicester are involved in the opening match of the season for the third year in a row and if this is a similar contest to last year’s 4-3 classic against Arsenal, we will be in for some entertainment.
Jose Mourinho is already in full Season 3 mode playing down Manchester United’s chances this season, but he still has a very talented squad at his disposal.
United have won both season openers under Mourinho and the year before that under Louis van Gaal as well.
Leicester on the other hand have lost their last two including the 2016/2017 opener as defending champions.
There have been plenty of goals in the opening round for both sides as of late and the over is the recommended play here while a Manchester United win adds some value for the same game multi.
Back Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.91
Same Game Multi: Manchester United to Win & Both Teams to Score @ $2.52
Saturday 11 August, 9:30pm, St James’ Park
Newcastle 1 – Tottenham 2
For the second season in a row, Newcastle opens up the season with a visit from Tottenham as Spurs spend the first month of the season waiting for their new stadium to open.
In the past six seasons, Premier League meetings between the two clubs have been split evenly between these sides, with Tottenham winning three matches at St James’s Park.
There have been some concerning signs for Tottenham during preseason with some surprising losses and a lack of signings to bolster a top-heavy squad.
With the uncertainty over some of Tottenham’s English stars, it would not be at all surprising if a few players are left out but even so, they should still have the quality to see off Newcastle here.
Back Tottenham to Win @ $2.00
Same Game Multi: Back Tottenham to Win & Tottenham to Score Over 1.5 Goals @ $2.88
Sunday 12 August, 12:00am, Vitality Stadium
Bournemouth 2 – Cardiff 0
Bournemouth are looking for their first opening round win in their current Premier League stint having lost to Aston Villa, Manchester United and West Brom in the past three seasons.
Cardiff are making their Premier League return after their lone campaign in 2013/2014 where they lost their opening match against West Ham.
Both sides are expected to be in the relegation mix this season and while it would be jumping the gun to call this a six-pointer that will be pivotal to both seasons, surely both would like to win this and start off the season well.
That being said this game is a bit too hard to split so take the draw here.
Back the Draw Halftime/Fulltime Double @ $3.30
Same Game Multi: Draw and Under 1.5 Cardiff Goals @ $4.68
Sunday 12 August, 12:00am, Craven Cottage
Fulham 0 – Crystal Palace 2
Palace have not fared well on the opening weekend losing three of their last four games, including a 3-0 demolition by Huddersfield last season.
They face another promoted side in Fulham who are re-entering the Premier League after four years in the second division.
The last time these two sides were in the Premier League together, Fulham won at Selhurst Park and drew at home and that trend could very well continue with a strong side set to take to the pitch.
Back Fulham to Win @ $2.35
Same Game Multi: Fulham to Win and Score Over 1.5 Total Goals @ $3.31
Sunday 12 August, 12:00am, John Smith’s Stadium
Huddersfield 0 – Chelsea 3
Huddersfield were very happy after their Premier League debut last season, crushing Palace 3-0 and sitting (albeit briefly) on top of the table.
They were humbled by Chelsea at John Smith’s Stadium last year going down 3-1 with a consolation goal in the 90th minute.
Chelsea will come into this match somewhat underdone with new manager Maurizio Sarri only having a month to embed his system in the team.
With an uncertain lineup set to take the field for the Blues, not to mention the uncertainty over Thibault Courtois this is a stay away right until kickoff and even after at their current price.
However, if you are interested in a long-shot same game multi play, back another Chelsea demolition.
Same Game Multi: Chelsea Win and Chelsea to Score Over 3.5 Total Goals @ $9.22
Brighton And Hove Albion
Sunday 12 August, 12:00am, Vicarage Road
Watford 2 – Brighton 0
Watford begin their fourth consecutive Premier League campaign (and sixth overall) on the back of three straight opening day draws.
Those games finished 2-2 against Everton, 1-1 against Southampton and a 3-3 classic against Liverpool last year.
Brighton’s opening fixture is considerably easier this time around having been handed a debut against Manchester City last season, which, they unsurprisingly lost.
This is going to be a low scoring affair with chances few and far between, there is a bit more pressure on Watford to start off the season well here but this looks like both sides cancelling each other out.
Back the Draw @ $3.10
Same Game Multi: Back the Draw and Under 1.5 Brighton Goals @ $4.31
Sunday 12 August, 2:30am, Molineux Stadium
Wolverhampton 2 – Everton 2
After six seasons away, Wolverhampton are back in the Premier League and ready to make a statement after topping the Championship last season.
They bring a very talented squad to the top flight and have plenty of scoring potential in their lineup and should give Everton a real early test.
In the blue half of Merseyside opinion is split on the potential of this club but an opening day win would ease some nerves.
Wolves have the unknown factor about their squad and should be able to win one of the weekend’s more intriguing contests.
Back Wolves to Win @ $2.35
Same Game Multi: Wolves to Win and Over 2.5 Total Goals @ $4.64
Sunday 12 August, 10:30pm, Anfield
Liverpool 4 – West Ham 0
“Can Liverpool back up last season’s remarkable form?” is the question on a lot of minds as Jurgen Klopp’s side prepare to kick off their 27th Premier League campaign.
West Ham have quietly built an impressive squad driven by Manuel Pelligrini and will be an interesting test for Liverpool first up.
The Hammers open up the season with a Champions League opponent for the fifth straight season having won just one of their previous four opening day matches.
A straight Liverpool win does not offer a lot of value here but a West Ham goal to add some value makes it a worthwhile play.
Back Liverpool to Win and Both Teams to Score @ $2.80
Same Game Multi: Liverpool Win, Over 3.5 Total Goals and West Ham Over 0.5 Goals @ $4.09
Sunday 12 August, 10:30pm, St Mary’s Stadium
Southampton 0 – Burnley 0
Burnley were the surprise of the season last year, managing to finish seventh on the back of some resolute defensive performances.
Goals were at a premium when Burnley played with 36 goals scored and 39 conceded in their 38 matches last season.
Southampton were the last team to secure Premier League survival and are in for another rough season.
Burnley were a great value play in the early part of last season and while they do face the added burden of Europa League qualifying they should be able to spring an upset here.
Back Burnley to Win @ $4.80
Same Game Multi: Burnley to Win & Under 1.5 Southampton Goals @ $5.75
Monday 13 August, 1:00am, Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 0 – Manchester City 2
“Welcome to the Premier League Mr Emery, your first competitive fixture comes against a side that was one of the most dominant teams in Premier League history.”
When new Arsenal boss Unai Emery received the draw, he presumably heard something along those lines.
You can throw out a lot of their history in the Premier League as they embark on the first game of the post-Wenger era.
City have won each of their last five season openers but this will be their toughest test travelling to an optimistic Emirates side.
It is too hard to back against Manchester City however and they should be able to see off Arsenal here.
Back Manchester City to Win @ 2.00
Same Game Multi: City Win and Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.94
The English Premier League is back and we are set for a highly intriguing first week of action in the 2017/2018 season.
The season gets underway with a Saturday morning clash between Arsenal and Leicester City before Watford host Liverpool in the early game on Saturday evening.
There is betting interest in every game set to take place this weekend and you can find our complete EPL Week 1 tips below!
Saturday 12 August, 4:45am, Emirates Stadium
This is an interesting way to start the season and it is Arsenal that will start this clash as clear favourites.
The Gunners missed the top four last season and at this stage have maintained the main core of that side while adding Alexandre Lacazette up front and Sead Kolasinac at the back.
It was at Emirates Stadium where Arsenal thrived last season and they won 14 of their 17 games as home favourites for a big profit.
Relegation looked like a distinct possibility for Leicester City last season, but they bounced back under Craig Shakespeare to finish a credible 12th.
Leicester City go into this season with a very similar side to last year, but motivation levels are likely to be much higher than they were at this stage 12 months ago.
Winning away from home was an issue for Leicester City last season and they won only one of their 13 games as away underdogs.
Arsenal should win this game, but it would not surprise if they are a touch slow out of the blocks and the $4 for the Draw/Arsenal Half Time/ Full Time Double really does appeal.
Back Draw/Arsenal Half Time/ Full Time Double @ $4.00
Saturday 12 August, 9:30pm, Vicarage Road
Liverpool returned to the top four last season and there is a fair amount of confidence surrounding Jurgen Klopp’s men this season.
Defence was the issue for Liverpool last season and they haven’t done a great deal to try and improve that in 2017, with winger Mohamed Salah their only big-name transfer.
Liverpool’s record away from home was strong last season and they won nine of their past 15 games as away favourites for a profit, but it was sides like Watford that did trouble them last season.
Watford were strong out of the gates last season, but they finished the year with six straight defeats which saw them slip to 17th on the ladder.
The Hornets generally produced their best football in front of their home fans and they won three of their nine games as home underdogs for a big profit.
There really should be plenty of goals in this game – over 3.5 goals were scored in 13 of Watford’s 19 home games last season and backing Over 3.5 goals was a profitable betting play in all Liverpool games last season.
Back Over 3.5 Goals @ $2.88
Sunday 13 August, 12:00am, Stamford Bridge
Chelsea start their English Premier League title defence against Burnley and they are the shortest-priced favourites of the weekend.
Antonio Conte has added Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata to his squad and there is every chance that Chelsea will be even better this season.
Chelsea won 17 of their 19 games at Stamford Bridge last season, but it should be noted that they were unable to beat Burnley at Turf Moor.
Burnley rode a most impressive home-ground record to a safe finish in the English Premier League last season, but their form away from home was nothing short of dreadful.
They won only one of their 19 games last season and they simply were not the same team when they were away from Turf Moor.
This is a game that Chelsea really should win comfortably and the $1.87 for them to win to nil does represent genuine value.
Back Chelsea To Win To Nil @ $1.87
Sunday 13 August, 12:00am, Selhurst Park
There will be plenty of Australian interest in the progress of Huddersfield Town this season as they completed the signing of Aaron Mooy in the off-season.
Mooy played a key role in leading Huddersfield Town into the English Premier League and he will need to play just as well if they are any chance of survival.
It is fair to say that Huddersfield Town may have been a touch lucky to secure promotion and their attacking style of football will be tough to replicate in the English Premier League.
Crystal Palace never looked overly impressive last season, but they went on a winning run towards the back end of their campaign that ensured their survival.
They have not really strengthened their side, but they have maintained both Christian Benteke and Wilfred Zaha, which should ensure that scoring goals is not an issue for Crystal Palace this season.
Crystal Palace won only four of their 11 games as home favourites last season and they are a very tough side to trust in this scenario.
It is tough to get a read on Huddersfield Town ahead of the new English Premier League season and this is a game that I am keen to stay out of from a betting standpoint.
Sunday 13 August, 12:00am, Goodison Park
There will be no Romelu Lukaku for Everton, but they will still go into this clash with Stoke City as clear favourites.
Everton were one of the busiest teams in the transfer market during the off-season and they added a host of talent to their squad including young goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, Barcelona product Sandro Ramirez and the prodigal son Wayne Rooney.
Everton had an excellent record at Goodison Park last season and they won 11 of their 13 games as home favourites for a big profit.
It was another fairly predictable season from Stoke City and a repeat really does look likely – they will survive without reaching any great heights.
Stoke City won only two of their 17 games as away underdogs last season for a huge loss and it is tough to make a case for them in this clash.
Everton can maintain their stellar record at Goodison Park with a very comfortable win.
Everton To Beat The Line (-1 Goal) @ $2.90
Sunday 13 August, 12:00am, St Mary’s Stadium
Southampton were fairly inconsistent during the 2017/2017 English Premier League season, but they still finished eighth and will be eyeing an improved performance under new manager Mauricio Pellegrino.
This is the first time in a number of seasons that the Southampton squad hasn’t been decimated by some of the bigger clubs in the English Premier League and they go into this season with a fairly stable squad.
Southampton were unable to turn St Mary’s Stadium into a fortress last season and they won only six of their 14 games as home favourites for a clear loss.
Swansea City finished the 2016/2017 English Premier League season with a very wet sail and they were excellent in the second half of the season under Paul Clement.
There is no reason that Swansea City can’t build on that this season and push for a top ten finish, but they will need to improve their record away from home as they won only two of their 17 games as away underdogs last season.
Both these sides were low-scoring outfits in 2017 and a fairly dour game does look likely in this one.
Back Under 1.5 Goals @ $3.40
West Bromwich Albion
Sunday 13 August, 12:00am, The Hawthorns
The market suggests that this will be one of the most competitive games in the opening weekend of the 2017 English Premier League season.
West Bromwich Albion were nothing short of horrendous in the final couple of months of the English Premier League season, but they made such a strong start that they were still able to finish the season in tenth.
They will go into this clash with Bournemouth as favourites and this was a position in which they thrived last season – they won seven of their nine games as home favourites for a big profit.
Bournemouth continue to be something of a revelation in the English Premier League and they overcame their comparatively small budget to finish in ninth position.
The Cherries were not particularly convincing away from home last season and they won only two of their 16 games as away underdogs, but they did draw six games in that scenario.
Home ground advantage really does give West Bromwich Albion the edge in this one and they do look like an excellent bet in this clash.
Back West Bromwich Albion To Win @ $2.40
Brighton And Hove Albion
Sunday 13 August, 2:30am, Amex Stadium
It is a tough initiation to the English Premier League for both Brighton And Hove Albion and Matt Ryan as they take on Manchester City.
Manchester City never really lived up to the hype under Pep Guardiola last season, but they still go into this campaign as clear favourites to win the English Premier League title.
No team has recruited better than Manchester City this season and they have added the likes of Bernardo Silva, Ederson Moraes, Kyle Walker, Danilo and Ben Mendy to what is already one of the strongest squads in the competition.
Manchester City actually produced some of their best football away from home last season and they won 11 of their 16 games as away favourites.
Brighton and Hove Albion finally secured promotion to the English Premier League after going close on a number of occasions in recent years and it will be a big achievement if they are able to survive the drop.
This really is a difficult way to start their English Premier League campaign and if Manchester City turn up to play, Brighton simply don’t have the quality to compete with them.
Manchester City should win this game and do so comfortably.
Back Manchester City To Beat The Line (-2 Goals) @ $3.75
Sunday 13 August, 10:30pm, St James’ Park
Newcastle United are back in the English Premier League after a season in the English Championship and they start the season with a tough task against Tottenham.
It was expected that Newcastle United would spend big during the off-season, but that really didn’t eventuate and manager Rafa Benitez is reportedly upset with the lack of new blood in his side.
Winning at home was something of an issue for Newcastle United in the Championship and it will only be tougher to win at home in the English Premier League.
Tottenham did everything but win the title last season and there is no reason why they can’t be in the conversation once again.
Kyle Walker is the only major loss for Tottenham, but he is probably a touch overrated and long-term will be more than adequately replaced by Kieran Trippier.
Tottenham won nine of their 14 games as away favourites last season for a profit and they simply didn’t drop games like this one.
Spurs are clearly the side to beat in this one and they really should be shorter than their current quote.
Back Tottenham Hotspur To Win @ $1.73
West Ham United
Monday 14 August, 1:00am, Old Trafford
Manchester United missed the top four once again last season, but Jose Mourinho’s sides always improve during his second year in charge.
Manchester United have made some interesting signings in the off-season and it really will be interesting to see how the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic fit into this team.
It was these sort of games that Manchester United struggled in badly last season and they drew 10 of their 18 games as home favourites for a truly massive profit.
2016/2017 was not smooth sailing for West Ham, but they were able to bounce back in the second half of the season and finished in a solid 11th.
West Ham have added plenty of quality to their side in the form of Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart, Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez and with that sort of talent in the side they really should be able to finish in the top ten.
The Hammers took a point from nine of their 17 games as away underdogs last season and they are more than capable of giving Manchester United a scare.
Backing a draw in Manchester United games has proven to be a very profitable play and there is no reason to jump off this season.
Back The Draw @ $5.25
The 2016/2017 English Premier League season gets underway this weekend and we are set for one of the most anticipated campaigns in recent memory following the fairy tale victory of Leicester City last season.
Leicester City start their title defence against the newly promoted Hull City and the Foxes will fancy their chances of making a winning start to the season.
Zlatan Ibrahimović is set to make his long awaited English Premier League for Manchester United against Bournemouth, while the match of the weekend will take place at Emirates Stadium when Arsenal host Liverpool.
Saturday 13 August, 9:30pm, KC Stadium
Hull City 2 - Leicester City 1
This will be the first game that Leicester City play as the defending English Premier League champions and the first game that Hull City have played in the top flight since 2015.
The incredible story of Leicester City’s victory in the EPL has been covered extensively in recent months, but it should not be understated just how unlikely their title success was.
Leicester have been able to keep the majority of their title winning squad together – at least at this stage – and it is no surprise that they will start this clash against the newly promoted Hull City as clear favourites.
The Foxes were very impressive as home favourites last season and they won five of their seven games in this scenario, while drawing the other two.
Hull City earned promotion back to the English Premier League after winning the Playoffs, but they have not had a positive off-season and they will likely be trapped in the relegation battle again.
Leicester City were an outstanding betting team for punters last year and there is no reason to jump off them at the start of the EPL season.
Recommended Bet: Back Leicester City To Win @ $2.05
West Bromwich Albion
Sunday 14 August, 12:00am, Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace 0 - West Bromwich Albion 1
Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion both had fairly middling seasons in the English Premier League last campaign and both will be keen to improve this season.
It is Crystal Palace that will start this clash as favourites and they won six of their 12 games as home favourites for a very narrow profit, while drawing just two of these clashes.
West Bromwich Albion did not win a game in the last two months of last season, but they did draw plenty and they finished the year with a record of 4-8-7 as away underdogs.
These are two teams that are very tough to assess without seeing in action and this is the type of opening week fixture that I am more than happy to stay out from a betting perspective.
Recommended Bet: No Bet
Sunday 14 August, 12:00am, Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 2 - Sunderland 1
Manchester City have won their past five clashes against Sunderland and they will start this fixture as very short-priced favourites.
This is the start of the Pep Guardiola era for Manchester City and it could be the start of big success, with Manchester City our pick to win the 2016/2017 English Premier League season.
Manchester City won 12 of their 19 games as home favourites last season for a narrow loss, but I expect that to improve this season and Pep will help this side turn Etihad Stadium back into a fortress.
Sunderland looked all but certain to be relegated at the end of last season, but they showed plenty of toughness in the final few weeks to avoid the drop.
Sunderland won just three of their 17 games as away underdogs last season and drew five, but they generally struggled against the very best teams.
Manchester City should really have no problems getting the job done, but the $1.22 currently on offer is a touch short and this is another game I am keen to avoid.
Recommended Bet: No Bet
Sunday 14 August, 12:00am, Riverside Stadium
Middlesbrough 1 - Stoke City 1
Middlesbrough have returned to the English Premier League for the first time since 2009 after a lengthy stint in the English Championship and they have put together an exciting squad.
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has signed a bunch of talented footballers – including central midfielder Marten de Roon – and hopes are high for the side this season.
They are set to start this clash as clear favourites and it will be very interesting to see how they perform against a EPL gatekeeper like Stoke City.
Stoke City had an up and down English Premier League campaign, but they are another outfit with a strong squad and a surprising amount of attacking firepower.
Stoke had a strong record away from home last season and they finished the season with six wins and five draws from 17 games for a very healthy profit.
I understand that Middlesbrough have plenty of upside, but the step-up to the English Premier League is always a tough one and the $3.60 on offer for a Stoke City victory is excellent value.
Recommended Bet: Back Stoke City To Win @ $3.60
Sunday 14 August, 12:00am, Turf Moor
Burnley 0 - Swansea City 1
Burnley have returned to the English Premier League after winning the Championship last season and they start their return to the top flight with a tricky fixture against Swansea.
It could well prove to be a tough start to the season – Burnley have done very little in the transfer market and the side that they take into this game on Saturday will actually be weaker than the one that earnt them promotion last season.
The 2016/2017 English Premier League season went far from swimmingly for Swansea City, but they came good in the second half of the season and they captured a number of big scalps in the run home.
Surprisingly, Swansea City will go into this game as underdogs and this is a position in which they were actually a profitable betting side last season – they won just three of their 16 games as away underdogs, but those wins came at a big price and punters who backed them in that position finished with a big profit.
I am more than happy to take on Burnley at their current price and the $2.80 on offer for a Swansea City victory is great value.
Recommended Bet: Back Swansea City To Win @ $2.80
Sunday 14 August, 12:00am, Goodison Park
Everton 1 - Tottenham Hotspur 1
Both games played by Everton and Tottenham last year ended in draws and I expect another tight contest this weekend.
Tottenham Hotspur’s season did finish in disappointment as they were leapfrogged by Arsenal and finished third, but there were still plenty of positives to come from the season and plenty to build on going forward.
The Spurs will start this game as favourites despite being away from home and their record as home favourites last season was nothing short of excellent – they won seven out of their ten games in this scenario for a nice little profit.
It was tough to know what to make of Everton last season – they finished a more than credible 11th, but their was plenty of disharmony in the ranks and they looked like an outfit that was in need of a rebuild.
Everton struggled in front of their home fans at Goodison Park last season and they won just a single game as home underdogs last season for a big loss.
This looks like a nice way to start the season for Tottenham and I expect them to make a winning start to what will be a very interesting campaign.
Recommended Bet: Back Tottenham To Win @ $2.40
Sunday 14 August, 12:00am, St Mary's Stadium
Southampton 1 - Watford 1
Southampton start the English Premier League season with a new manager in the form of Claude Puel and it will be very interesting to see if the Frenchman is the man to lead the Saints to the next level.
Southampton finished the 2015/2016 English Premier League season in sixth position and after seeing the struggles of the traditional big clubs last season will fancy their chances of continuing to climb up the ladder.
The Saint’s will start this game as fairly short-priced favourites after finishing last year with four wins on the trot and they proved to be a profitable betting team as home favourite.
Southampton won nine of their 15 games last season as home favourites for a comfortable profit and were a strong betting side across the majority of betting metrics.
Watford were another team that overachieved in their first season back in the English Premier League and they will also have a new manager in the form of Walter Mazzarri.
Mazzari has a strong foundation to build on and it will be very interesting to see what the Italian can add to this side.
Watford won five of their 17 games as away underdogs last season, but only made a small profit for punters in this situation and they were beaten by Southampton at St Mary’s last season.
Southampton are a side that I have high hopes for this season and they should prove too strong for this Watford outfit.
Recommended Bet: Back Southampton To Win @ $1.73
Sunday 14 August, 10:30am, Dean Court
Bournemouth 1 - Manchester United 3
Bournemouth recorded one of the biggest upsets of the 2015/2016 English Premier League season when they upstaged Manchester United in their first meeting last season, but Jose Mourinho is on hand to avoid a repeat this season.
Mourinho is not the only big name to join Manchester United in the off-season – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan will all wear red this season in squad that has a great deal of star-power.
It should come as no surprise that Manchester United will start this game as clear favourites, but their record away from Old Trafford was only average last season and they finished with just five wins as home favourites from 14 games for a loss.
The majority of English Premier League experts predicted at the start of the season that Bournemouth would struggle to adjust to the English Premier League, but they defied all expectations to finish out of the relegation zone.
Whether they can replicate that finish this season is the big question and many teams are suffered somewhat from second season syndrome.
Bournemouth can never be ruled out at Dean Court and they won two of their six games as away underdogs last season for a narrow profit, but clearly face a tough challenge against Manchester United.
The market seems to have got the price just about right for this fixture, but I expect there to be a fair few goals and the $2 available for over 2.5 goals is a solid bet.
Recommended Bet: Back Over 2.5 Goals @ $2
Monday 15 August, 1:00am, Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 3 - Liverpool 4
A great deal is expected of both Arsenal and Liverpool this season and this will be an early test of how good both teams can expect to be.
Arsenal finished the 2016/2017 English Premier League season in second position, but it was a case of what might have been for the Gunners.
Optimism is not particularly high at Emirates Stadium after they failed to make a splash during the transfer window, but they will still start this clash as favourites.
Arsenal were a fairly safe bet as home favourites last season and they won 12 of their 18 games in this scenario.
Liverpool are expected to improve with a full off-season working with Jurgen Klopp under their belt and this will be a very interesting game for the.
Klopp’s men were actually a fairly solid betting proposition last season and they finished the year with three wins from seven games as away underdogs for a big profit.
It would not surprise to see these two teams treat each out cautiously in the first week of the season and the $3.40 on offer for a draw does appeal.
Recommended Bet: Back The Draw @ $3.40
West Ham United
Tuesday 16 August, 5:00am, Stamford Bridge
There is no love lost between the fans of these two London-based clubs and it was West Ham that had the edge over Chelsea last season when they upstaged their rivals in the first half of the season.
It is no secret just how bad Chelsea were last season, but Antonio Conte is confident that he can turn around the club and they will start this clash as dominant favourites.
Chelsea were a disastrous betting play as home favourites last season and they finished with a record of 5-8-5 in this scenario, which they did not improve towards the end of the season.
West Ham surpassed all expectations in the English Premier League this season and they still have a very strong squad – including the outstanding Dimi Payet.
The Hammers were one of the best betting teams in the English Premier League last season and they finished the year with five wins from 15 games as away underdogs for a simply massive profit.
Chelsea are extremely short-priced favourites for a team that struggled badly last season and I am more than happy to take them on at that current price.
Recommended Bet: Back The West Ham And Draw Double Chance @ $2.25