Premier League 2018/19 GW1 preview and betting tips
We’re officially on Premier League countdown after an exciting World Cup, with managers anxiously awaiting the return of the players who competed at the business end of the tournament in Russia.
Jose Mourinho certainly falls into that bracket and his Manchester United side are in action on Friday 10 August when the Red Devils clash with a Leicester City team who are now without Riyad Mahrez.
United are 1.44 with bet365 to enjoy an opening win to the campaign, with the Foxes priced at 8.00 with BetVictor to pull off a surprise win and it might be the case that they have Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire lining up.
On Saturday lunchtime, Newcastle United clash with Tottenham and the home side could be worth a punt at 3.40 considering that their opponents are highly unlikely to be at full strength for this encounter.
Spurs are likely to be missing Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier, with the World Cup stars returning a week later although the London side are still favourites at 2.10 with bet365.
Bournemouth clash with Cardiff and the Cherries are 2.00 favourites to win against the new boys, while Fulham and Crystal Palace meet in the first London derby of the new campaign and the Eagles look a big price at 3.10 for the three points.
Chelsea begin life under Maurizio Sarri with a trip to Huddersfield and the Blues are warm favourites at 1.53 to claim the spoils against a Terriers side who are one of the favourites for relegation. That said, David Wagner’s team are 6.00 to upset the applecart with an opening win.
Watford clash with Brighton at Vicarage Road in what looks to be an even clash, with the draw trading at 3.25, while Wolves meet Everton on Saturday teatime in what looks to be an intriguing match.
Wanderers won the Championship at a canter last term and they are 2.25 favourites to win this clash, although Everton will have top six aspirations this season and they are 3.20 to come away from Molineux with a maximum haul.
On Sunday, Liverpool meet a West Ham United team who have significantly changed under Manuel Pellegrini and they are 11.00 to win at Anfield, although the Reds will be geared up for a title assault and odds of 1.28 are available that they are triumphant.
Southampton are odds-on to beat Burnley despite the Clarets finishing much higher last season, with the final match of the weekend being Arsenal’s clash against Manchester City. The Gunners are a hefty 3.50 to get the points against the champions of England, while City are 2.00 to win the game.