13th – 15th August

First of all, you may be aware of all the rioting that is taking place in England, but hopefully these games still go ahead and everything is resolved by the weekend! It’s been a long summer, and cannot wait for the Premier League to kick off again!

Liverpool v Sunderland – 3:00pm Saturday

The Premier League kicks off Saturday at 3pm, and this is a fixture to look out for. Obivously Henderson is playing against his former side, and it will be the first time we see the new signings of both teams in their first competitive match. New Sunderland boys Wes Brown and O’shea will receive stick from the Anfield support, no doubt. Anyway, on to betting, Liverpool are 1/2 to win this fixture with Sunderland at 13/2. Despite Sunderland having bolstered their squad, I cannot see them pulling off a shock on Liverpool, who are genuine title chasers this season. This game last season ended in a 2-2 result, and for that to happen again is 25/1, you never know. I think there may be a few goals in this one, so betting on 4+ might be worth a shot. Sunderland to lead at half time but lose at full time is 28/1…just something to consider.

My Recommendation; Liverpool 3-1 Sunderland (9/1)

Newcastle v Arsenal – 5:30pm Saturday

What a fantastic game this turned out to be last season, with Arsenal 4-0 up at half time, manage to squander it as the game finished 4-4! Incredible scenes I remember when Tiote scored a volley in the last few minutes of the game. I really don’t know what to expect from this fixture, but when a game has some promise it doesn’t deliver so I’m not counting on too many goals here. Newcastle are 11/4 to win and Arsenal are EVENS, but I’d personally go for a draw at 12/5. Van Persie is 6/1 to score first, and that would be the safest bet in my opinion.

My recommendation; Newcastle 1-1 Arsenal (6/1)

Stoke v Chelsea – 1:30pm Sunday

Andres Villas-Boas will have his first competitive game for Chelsea, and at a tricky venue too. Stoke has always been a hard place to go to, and last season the result was 1-1. Stoke are considered outsiders for this match at 9/2, as Chelsea are at 8/13 to win in their opening match. I think it will be  a tight game, and you can bet on Chelsea to win with 2 or less goals in the match at 9/4, which are kind odds. For the match to be drawing at half time then Chelsea to win the match in the second half it is 10/3. Chelsea will need to make sure their ready going into this match as Stoke will not give them an easy time by any means.

My Recommendation;
Stoke 0-1 Chelsea (11/2)

West Brom v Manchester United – 4:00pm Sunday

The champions start their defence away at West Brom. United’s away form was poor last season, and one of their few ones came at West Brom, however it was undeserved. Wayne Rooney scored the first in that match and is 5/1 to score the first in this game, as he is only the striker for United that seems certain to start, as Ferguson as Wellbeck, Owen or Berbatov to choose from as Hernandez will still be absent. West Brom are missing midfield man Mulumbu and striker Odemwingie and havn’t bought many players in the summer transfer market yet. West Brom are 6/1 to win, with United being 1/2, after their impressive performance against Manchester City last weekend in the Community Shield. It seems United will have to improve on their away form if they want to keep the title, and a good performance here will minimize all doubts. There may be quite a few goals in this one, so Manchester United to win with 3 or more goals scored in the match is priced at 11/8 and I’d recommend that.

My Recommendation;
West Brom 0-3 Manchester United (9/1)

Manchester City v Swansea – 8:00pm Sunday

Swansea were fantastic in their promotion last season, as they defied all odds to get promoted against other favourites like Reading and Cardiff. Swansea are currently favourites to go down, and they start their campaign at potential title winners in Manchester City. Swansea are 11/1 and betting on them would be like throwing money away in all honesty. Manchester City are 1/4 to win, but seem to look sluggish at the moment, but still can’t see them slipping up. Aguero is odds on favourite to score first with some bookies, but I personally think that Mancini will go with Dzeko and Balotelli up front for this fixture. There are never usually a lot of goals when Manchester City are at home, and especially coming from the away side. I am thinking only 1 or 2 goals will be in this, and both will go to the home side.

My Recommendation;
Manchester City 2-0 Swansea (5/1)