Soccer Picks: Betting Rundown For All Premier League Matchups

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Nikki Adams

Friday, August 12, 2016 11:38 PM UTC

Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 11:38 PM UTC

England’s top flight is back on the soccer betting menu with Saturday’s kick-off officially ringing in the new term. We bring you a rundown of all the action and best bets to spot on your soccer picks.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Crystal Palace vs. West Bromwich Albion
Bookies favour Crystal Palace when they host former manager Tony Pulis and the Baggies at Selhurst Park, but bookies aren’t giving it to Palace wholeheartedly with soccer odds just shy of EVEN money. Should we read into that at all?  Alan Pardew’s side were abysmal in the second half of 2015 and the worry amongst fans is whether they’ve done enough in the summer transfer window to bolster the squad. The absence of a bona fide, noteworthy striker is a worry for a team that fired more blanks than any other side in England’s top flight. A date with West Bromwich Albion, who have their fair share of woes coming into 2016, may appear to be a winnable game. Particularly, seeing as Tony Pulis’ side have been quiet during the summer window, if not quieter than Crystal Palace have been. The major news from West Brom is new ownership. Given the uncertainties, we’d recommend giving match winning markets a skip here entirely. Those adamant about making a bet here, might we suggest a wager on the totals as betting pick.


Free Soccer Picks: Under 2.5 -200
Best Line Offered: at Bet365


Hull City vs. Leicester City
Premier League champions Leicester City opens their campaign at Hull City on Saturday, a game that is cornered in their camp but, fortuitously (for soccer bettors) at really good value. You can find a win in 90 minutes by the Foxes trading on both sides of EVEN money, anywhere from -115 to +105 soccer odds. Frankly, it’s rather surprising bookies would serve up a win by Claudio Ranieri’s side at such tempting soccer odds – of which, obviously, the price just above EVEN money is preferable and available with William Hill. Consider Hull City were promoted by the end of the season into top-flight but lost their beloved manager Steve Bruce to the national team.


Free Soccer Picks: Leicester City to win +105 
Best Line Offered: at WilliamHill


Everton FC vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino’s lads eagerly look ahead to a 2016 season in which many soccer punters feel improving on last season’s third-place finish is a reasonable expectation. A lot has changed at Goodison Park, with Ronald Koemen arriving from Southampton to manage the side, bringing keeper Maarten Stekelenburg with him to the Merseyside outfit. The usual happenstance of players shuffling about in the offseason gives the Toffees a bit of a weaker look on paper according to many soccer analysts. That’s in stark contrast to the Spurs, who bolstered their third-place squad with Dutch striker Vincent Janssen and midfielder Victor Wanyama. By all accounts, this is a fixture the Spurs really should be able to win even though it’s on the road. You can back Spurs to win at a tempting price of +150 with bet365. Another bet worth considering for your soccer picks is the OVER 2.5 goals at +110 with Bet Cris.


Free Soccer Picks: Tottenham to win at +150 and/or Over 2.5 at +110


Manchester City vs. Sunderland AFC
Pep Guardiola’s debut in the Premier League couldn’t have come up against a better opponent; the Sunderland Black Cats are as threatening as a mewling kitten. If the Sky Blues don’t run away with this game in the first half, colour the world shocked. Predictably, there is no value in backing a Man City win in 90 minutes – soccer odds are priced at -900 or higher. Man City to win half time and full time at -150 with bet365 is probably the soundest option on offer.


Free Soccer Picks: Man City to win half time and full-time market at -150


Burnley vs. Swansea City
The Clarets have a brutal schedule to start the season with, which could put more pressure than necessary on this opening game. Of the lot, the date with Swansea City offers their most reasonable shot at maximum points in the first few months. To put it into perspective, they take on Liverpool, Chelsea, Leicester City and Arsenal in four of their first six fixtures of the season. Yikes. Swansea City is in flux and the future doesn’t look bright. Nevertheless, this marks as a tough fixture to handicap because it could go either way. We’re not prepared to give it to one club in match winning markets, feeling a draw is the likeliest outcome here, which can be backed at +220 with bet365.


Free Soccer Picks: Draw +220 
Best Line Offered: at Bet365 


Southampton FC vs. Watford FC
Southampton begins life under Claude Puel and if their summer club friendly games were any indication this could be a good campaign, if not better than their last three. They didn’t lose a fixture going four wins and a draw, all while scoring nine goals and conceding just two (included were three clean sheets). Watford may have surprised some soccer bettors last season, managing to survive in England’s top flight for a second term. They’ve made some improvements and hired a new manager; optimism reigns supreme. The Saints at ST. Mary are a tough nut to cruck – so has been the case in previous seasons – so until proven otherwise the smart bet must be to back Southampton to win.


Free Soccer Picks:: Southampton -123 
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline 


Middlesbrough FC vs. Stoke City
Stoke City take on Middlesbrough in their campaign opener, a fixture they might fancy winning even though they are on the road. After all, Middlesbrough returns to top flight for the first time in seven years. However, things may not be straightforward as a Premier League regular taking on a Championship upstart. The Teesiders have done a lot of graft in the offseason to bolster their side and they could potentially surprise soccer bettors. Well, they bagged Alvaro Negredo from Man City in the offseason – that’s nothing to sniff at. Stoke are no pushovers either. This sets up an intriguing clash for bettors to sink their teeth into. Middlesbrough at +136 with 5Dimes could come through as Stoke City at +252 could also come through. Does that mean the draw is the way to go, which can be backed at +222 soccer odds? Potentially, it’s the safest soccer pick at this point in time.


Free Soccer Picks: Draw +222 
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes 


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Arsenal FC vs. Liverpool FC
This is the marquee matchup in the first lap around the Premier League. Arsenal is coming off a second-place finish while Liverpool, who finished inside the top ten under Jurgen Klopp, are coming off a Europa League runners’ up finish. At face value, this is a clash between two clubs that hope to put forward a title bid.

It’s the first full season with the German manager in charge of the Merseyside club and there are many that are talking up Liverpool. Klopp has done well in his summer shopping spree according to analysts. Mainly, improving the defensive side of the ball, where the Reds struggled last term. However, he’s also improved his attacking front by adding much needed speed with Mane and Gerogino Wijnaldum, the former of which scored in a 4-0 drumming of Barcelona in ICC action earlier this month.

Arsenal is riding good form into this clash with a four-game winning streak in their club friendly warmups (in that is a 3-2 win over Man City). They have home advantage for this game, which is key to their favourable market outlook. But with soccer odds of +140 or thereabouts trading on the home win, bookies aren’t giving it to them. That is telling. So, in short, either side could win. But we’re going for the upset with Liverpool stunning the Gunners at home.


Free Soccer Picks: Liverpool +218 
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle 


Bournemouth AFC vs. Manchester United
Jose Mourinho debuts his Red Devils against the Cherries on match day 1. The Community Shield winners are expected to win this fixture and quite convincingly. Soccer Odds hang on way win at -133 at Bet365, which is the highest price tag on any of the away favourites in week 1 of the Premier League season. No pressure then.


Free Soccer Picks: Manchester United -133 
Best Line Offered: at Bet365 


Monday, August 15, 2016

Chelsea FC vs. West Ham United
Antonio Conte’s first assignment as the new Chelsea boss isn’t going to be an easy one. Slavan Bilic has done wonders with the Hammers. But expectations ride high at Stamford Bridge and anything less than a winning account on match day 1 would be met with a collective frown.


Free Soccer Picks: Chelsea -154 
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle 

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