A parlay on the three London teams sounds like a tempting betting proposition considering the team's stats and current soccer odds. Join us to find the best betting value for these opening games.
West Ham vs. Tottenham
Everyone looks forward to the opening day of the Premier League season, but Hammers will have an extra spring in their step, because it’s Tottenham coming.
They had the sign over Spurs in the 2013-14 campaign with three wins. Two 2-0 wins in the Premier League and they knocked them out of the League Cup too.
I like West Ham’s business in the transfer window too. Enner was the better Valencia for Ecuador at the World Cup, scoring three goals in Brazil and it’s Sam Allardyce who has snaffled him up for £13m from Pachuca. He scored 23 in 27 last season and although he wasn’t playing in one of the best divisions in world football, he showed enough in June to suggest he can get goals.
Tottenham will be hoping some of their so-called flops have settled in and produce this time. The big thing for the White Hart Lane faithful is the boss. Can Mauricio Pochettino repeat what he did at an unfancied club, with big players and expectation like Spurs? We obviously don’t know, but we do know his style. Pressing high up the pitch, with an emphasis on attacking. After a goal less draw in his first game in charge of Southampton, the Saints’ next five games featured 20 goals.
Whether you trust things like opening day records to formulate your bets or not, some clubs seem to have patterns. West Ham have won five of their last five openers, three of those have been at home as, while Spurs have a patchy record, but did beat Palace away 1-0 thanks to a collectors’ item Soldado Premier League goal.
Free Soccer Pick: I’m going for a draw in this one and a high scoring one at that: 2-2 if you push me.
Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace
Arsenal are building something and need to deliver a move up the league table now they have that long sought after piece of silverware. Mesut Ozil was the standout signing last time and Arsene Wenger has brought Alexis Sanchez to the Emirates this close season, as well as Mathieu Debuchy and perhaps a few more to follow.
Palace can only drive past The Emirates and look at the Gunners’ transfer kitty longingly, at the time of writing Marouane Chamakh has signed a new deal and that’s pretty much it. He scored six goals last term, but looked a different when Tony Pulis arrived at Selhurst Park. Fans of the player-scoring-against-his-former-club mug bet might want to look at the Moroccan to bag a goal.
Radio phone-ins, forums and social media are usually dripping with venom from the Wenger-out brigade after Game Week One of the Premier League these days, not since they thumped Everton 6-1 in the curtain-raising weekend of the 2009-10 season have they won their first game of the season. Last year they lost 3-1 to Aston Villa.
I do think they will win this, despite Pulis’ Palace doing so well so far in 2014. Maintaining that level is obviously very difficult and they lost twice to the Gunners last season, both 2-0. In each game the score was 0-0 at half-time and I can see a similar situation, with the Eagles defending resolutely, but finally succumbing to the mounting pressure from Arsenal’s cast of playmakers. Once that first goal goes in, they have to come out to score and that is when the home side grab another.
Free Soccer Pick: It’s an Arsenal win for me. If you want more, I’d go for a win to nil and if you want more than that, you’re greedy (2-0).
Burnley vs. Chelsea
This looks an open-and-shut case. So we’ll just say Chelsea win and move on. But…we all said that in 2010 when Burnley’s first home game of the Premier League season was a night game against Manchester United (who eventually finished second, a point behind the Blues). That night they won 1-0 with a vociferous Turf Moor crowd urging them on. I’m not saying the result will be the same, but all the clichés about the mega-rich players going to the traditional ground in the North of England apply here.
In fact Chelsea have had their own wobbles against Burnley. In 2010 a late John Terry winner saw the Blues come out with all three points in a game that finished 3-2, while in 2008 in the League Cup at Stamford Bridge the Clarets won a penalty shoot-out.
In terms of signings, Chelsea’s obviously dwarf what business Sean Dyche and Co have been able to do. Juktiewicz will need to at least emulate what he did at Bolton in the Championship where he got seven in 20. Mourhino has already bought in Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Filipe as I write this and we may see a blockbuster signing in the shape of a Pogba or Vidal yet too.
When reading the soccer betting odds, you won’t be surprised to know Chelsea’s opening day record over the last six years is impressive. It reads won five, drawn one with 16 goals scored and one conceded.
Free Soccer Pick: It may take a little while to break down the Burnley defence, but I say they will and however hard it is, the results page will show a Chelsea win and a win to nil.