Premier League Punters: 10 Matches Cut Up

Stuart Woodrow

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 8:12 PM UTC

Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 8:12 PM UTC

It’s been too long for those of us that love our competitive football. International Cup competitions can be fun (and it’s been a good summer for England) but, for me, there’s nothing like domestic league action.

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This weekend sees us jump right in to a game between last season’s FA Cup winners and the league winners from 2015-16. Arsenal have made some moves in the transfer market this summer but haven’t really addressed their one glaring problem, central midfield. Leicester have started to overhaul an aging squad and moves for players like Harry Maguire made sense. Kelechi Iheanacho could be an inspired purchase as Leicester will look a lot more dangerous in the box than they did last season.

I like Leicester +1 for this one. You can get +114 with Pinnacle on that line and it gives us a chance.

Watford v Liverpool sees two more sides that have been busy in the transfer market. Watford have brought in a new manager as well as new players and with just one summer under his belt, it may be a slow start for Marco Silva and his team. Liverpool on the other hand invested in pace once again and although that backline is still suspect, this side has some real potential to it.

I’m on Liverpool to win the first half at +115 with Ladbrokes.

Chelsea were one of my early favourites for a bet but the injuries (and now suspensions) they have for this first match is making me doubt the sense in a bet on last season’s Champions. Burnley will be solid again and upset a few sides (again). Not sure it will be in this first match but that’s no reason to bet either way.

When Frank de Boer joined Palace, he talked of the spending spree his side was about to embark on. With just one significant permanent transfer, we’re yet to see that come about. I do think the loan signing of Ruben Loftus-Cheek was a good move though, this could be his breakout season. David Wagner’s Hudderfield side have to be the most likely side to go down. The signings of Aaron Mooy and Steve Mounié apart, the transfer moves this season seem more geared to being competitive in the Championship in 2018/19. I’m ready to be proven wrong.

No bet for me on this one.

Big spending Everton take on a slimmed down Stoke. I’m not backing either of these sides in the early games. I’ll be interested to see how they settle down though for the long season ahead.

Southampton seem to revel in the uncertainty of the transfer window. After seemingly keeping hold of their best player, it all blows up in their faces just before the season gets going. Swansea have to be better than last season, there are some weak sides in the Premier League this season but unless they’re careful (and good) they may find they’re the third worst of that batch.

West Brom and Bournemouth also sit in the “to be monitored” category. Neither side are terrible, neither side are great. If I was so inclined, I’d be looking at an opening day draw in this one. But I’m not.

Manchester City should put their troubles of last season behind them and be up for winning the league this time out. They have an extremely expensive defence and no reason to be looking at anything but the top spot this season. People will underestimate their defence this season and at 1.95 for BTTS (No) that could have started already. Brighton have invested wisely but it won’t be enough in this one.

The last time Newcastle played a game in the Premier League, they showed up Spurs in a game that put a pin in Tottenham’s hopes of a second place finish. I’d love to be able to back Spurs in this one but with injury concerns a major issue right now, it would be hard to justify.

Manchester United v West Ham finish off the round and this is exactly the kind of game this United side have been built to win. The odds are spectacularly low though so I’m forced out of it. I wouldn’t be against betting on Under 2.5 goals at +130 with both Pinnacle and BetVictor.

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