Premier League Season Kicks Off With Betting Value in Openers

Stuart Woodrow

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 7:58 PM UTC

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 7:58 PM UTC

Another exciting English Premier League season is upon us and good soccer and, hopefully, good bets should be coming along with it. Join us as we take a look at the first weekend of the EPL campaign.

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Even with the World Cup filling the soccer void, it seems to have been a very long summer without the sport. In reality it has not even been a month since France took home the World Cup trophy but I have seriously missed top-flight soccer and I’m extremely happy to see the English Premier League return.

This is my favorite league, for watching and betting, so the upcoming season is extremely exciting for me. Let’s go through a few games and see if there are any areas we can make some money in this very early part of the season.

Newcastle vs. Tottenham

Straight away this match (Saturday, 7:30 a.m. ET) caught my eye and it’s right in the sweet spot for my bets. Although I’d love to be on the away side for this one, I really can’t turn down the odds of +294 that are available with Pinnacle. Newcastle didn’t have too many players involved in the World Cup so most of their team has had a decent break over the summer. Tottenham cannot say the same and a number of their players returned to training Monday. Tottenham has also, so far, failed to sign any players to improve their squad and, along with some injuries picked up in preseason, does not look likely to field a strong side against Newcastle. This gives the +294 some proper value in my books.

Bournemouth vs. Cardiff

This match (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET) will be a proper clash of soccer styles. Bournemouth likes to play the ball out from the back, building attacks with fluid passing. Cardiff is more from the Charles Hughes school of thought when it comes to soccer: Whack it forward and put the opposition under pressure early on. I think Cardiff is going to find that Bournemouth’s more technical players are going to be able to play their way out of trouble better than Championship opponents could last season. I’m on a home win at -104 with SBOBet.

Southampton vs. Burnley

The Saints were extremely poor last season and without any major investment I can’t see them showing much improvement. Often, you’ll see a side start to slide in one season and then see that slide continue the following season. We’ve seen it with Aston Villa, Sunderland and Swansea in recent seasons and I think Southampton is the next team to follow that trend. So, when I see odds of +425 (BetVictor) on an away win in this match (Sunday, 8:30 a.m. ET), I really have to take it. Burnley started their season early due to their Europa League involvement and they should be coming into this one with plenty of match fitness. Southampton has not brought in anyone that I think will have a major impact on their season and I fear for them this season.

Those are my selections from this first round of games. Where are you looking?

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