Just one game into the new premiership season – and I’m already hoping that after another 37 games the league table is a carbon copy of now. Chelsea are top, Arsenal are top without Chelsea and Manchester City, and Burnley are in the relegation zone.
Even better, Chelsea and Arsenal obliged last week to land our first bet of the season at 4/5.
However, there’s a long way to go and the remaining two weeks of the current transfer window could yet massively effect a variety of teams’ seasons, especially Manchester United who have again been linked to a host of high profile players as new manager Louis van Gaal bids to build a side worthy of the Old Trafford fans. United will be desperate to quickly make up ground on neighbours and current Premiership Champions Manchester City, but it could prove difficult as City continued their stunning end of season form from last year by despatching a Newcastle side bolstered by summer spending.
This week’s short price double has to be Chelsea (1/5) and Tottenham (1/2). With Fabregas pulling the strings of Chelsea’s new look team they look sure to have far too much fire power for newly promoted Leicester. Meanwhile Spurs, despite not securing victory until the 90th minute against West Ham, should prove too strong for QPR, even if Harry Redknapp will be doing his utmost to prevent his former club from doing so. 4/5 the double (best with Stan James) looks a solid investment.
However, the two matches that TV fans will be most looking forward to this weekend will be Everton vs Arsenal and Manchester City vs Liverpool.
Everton have won one, drawn one and lost one of their three fixtures against Arsenal since manager Martinez took charge, but they did win last season’s corresponding fixture 3-0. Even so, there doesn’t seem to be much juice though in either the best priced 9-5 for an Everton win or the 13/8 an Arsenal win, and the 5/2 the draw is definitely the value. However, with the Arsenal defence looking far from secure, the best bet of the match may be to back Lukaku at 2/1 to score anytime (Betway).
Meanwhile, having stolen all three points against Southampton via their new SAS forward line-up (Sturridge & Sterling), Liverpool will have to improve as most of their players would probably be warming the bench if they were at Manchester City – harsh but true! The 20/23 City look perfectly acceptable whilst, with Aguero likely to come on as a substitute again as he continues his return to full fitness after injury, the 9/2 for him to be the last goalscorer could prove a profitable play.
This Weekend’s Bets
Spurs and Chelsea double 4/5
Lukaku to score anytime 2/1
Manchester City 20/23
Aguero last goalscorer 9/2