The night before the Premier League season starts, here’s a look at what one English bookmaker is offering in prices. I’ll highlight the favourites in bold and won’t add the odds for a draw. Please note the first team are the home team unlike in US Sports. The first game of the season teams will be out of sync, not up to full match speed and new players may not have integrated well so far.
Hull 15/4 – Leicester 5/6
Hull host champions Leicester City, in the early kick-off. Both teams will struggle this year but enter on waves of confidence.
My Pick: Leicester
Player(s) to Watch: J. Vardy, E. Jakupovic, A. Hernandez
At 3pm GMT, 5 matches start.
Burnley 7/5 – Swansea City 9/4
Even though Burnley are one of the favourites for relegation, they are favourites here, I could see an upset coming very easily.
My Pick: Swansea
Player(s) to Watch: J. Montero, T. Heaton
ANDRE AYEW HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO WEST HAM
ASHLEY WILLIAMS HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO EVERTON
Crystal Palace 1/1 – West Bromich Albion 7/2
Palace are evens, however WBA will give them a game.
My Pick: Crystal Palace
Player(s) to Watch: Y. Cabaye, S. Dann, S. Berahino
ALEX MCCARTHY HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO SOUTHAMPTON
Everton 11/5 – Tottenham Hotspur 7/5
This could easily go anyway; it wouldn’t be of any shock for any result.
My Pick: Everton
Player(s) to Watch: L. Baines, H. Kane
JOHN STONES HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO MAN CITY
Middlesbrough 11/8 – Stoke City 12/5
Again this could go either way, Draw would be fair.
My Pick: Draw
Player(s) to Watch: J. Rhodes, Bojan
Southampton 4/5 – Watford 4/1
Watford are a better team than the odds suggest.
My Pick: Southampton
Player(s) to Watch: O. Ighalo, van Dijk
The 5.30 pm GMT game is
Manchester City 4/1 ON – Sunderland 14/1
Hard to look past only one result.
My Pick: Man City
Player(s) to Watch: De Bruyne, V. Mannone
Bournemouth 15/4 – Manchester United 17/20
Manchester United have the names, but can they start with 3 points?
My Pick: Draw
Arsenal 7/5 – Liverpool 21/10
My Pick: Liverpool
This game could provide a 0-0 stalemate or a goal glut, Arsenals defence was a concern in 2015/16
Chelsea 13/20 – West Ham United 5/1
West Ham did everything right last year, however under new manager Chelsea will look to start with the 3 points at home.
My Pick: Chelsea
My team for all the Saturday games are, pending team announcements
GK E. Jacupovic – Hull
D G. Clichy – Man City
D S. Dann – Crystal Palace
M K. De Bruyne – Man City
M C. Gardner – WBA
F Sergio Aguero – Man City
F Bojan – Stoke
UT R. Sterling – Man City
So there’s a look at the 1st week of English Premier League action, in 2016/17.
Odds taken from Bet365 HERE