The Red Devils kick off the season against Leicester, with rivals and champions City visiting Arsenal
It is almost upon us. The first round of the new FA Premier League season is set to kick off in just over two weeks’ time, on 10 August.
Jose Mourinho and Manchester United will get the season up and running, when they host 2015/16 champions Leicester City on the Friday evening (10 August). It will be the perfect opportunity for United to lay down an early market of intent, having finished the previous campaign so far behind Pep Guardiola and Manchester City.
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United made a marked improvement last season under Mourinho, but it was still not enough to even cling onto the coat tails of rivals City. The Red Devils won six fewer games and scored a whopping 38 fewer goals than Guardiola’s side – that’s exactly a goal a game less.
This season United have a clear opportunity to start on the front foot. They play in the very first game of the new season and are the red hot favourite to take all three points against a Leicester City side which finished in ninth place last term.
United are at just 1.44 to make a winning start to the campaign, while Leicester are all the way out at 7.50. It is never easy predicting exact score lines, but a comfortable 2-0 win for Manchester United is priced at 7.50, meaning that a US$10 bet would offer a pay out of US$75, according to Oddsshark.
Another opening round fixture to keep an eye on will be Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur. Both clubs have been in the news recently for their lack of action in the transfer market thus far, and there have been murmurings of discontent from both sets of supporters.
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez appears to be in a stand-off with club owner Mike Ashley over sales and signings. Benitez led the Magpies to a 10th place finish last season on limited resources and is keen to build on the foundations laid down.
Tottenham, meanwhile, are in danger of not building on their own impressive third place finish last season. Both United immediately above them and Liverpool immediately below them have made big money moves, while Spurs would appear to be stagnating.
However, it is the London club who come into the game as favourites to pick up the win at St. James’ Park. Spurs are at 2.10 to win on the road, with Newcastle and a draw both priced at 3.40, meaning you could potentially more than triple your investment.
The power of a home crowd in Newcastle, especially on the opening day of a season, cannot be underestimated, however. A 2-1 win for Newcastle is priced competitively, at 15.00.
There is no doubt, however, as to the biggest game of this first round. Defending champions Manchester City will travel to the Emirates Stadium to take on an Arsenal side under the stewardship of Unai Emery for the very first time.
City broke records last season. They broke the 100-point mark as well as netting well over 100 goals at a rate close to three goals per game. Arsenal, by way of comparison, endured a desperately disappointing campaign, finishing in sixth place and a massive 12 points behind Liverpool in fourth.
Emery however has been busy in the summer transfer market, adding the likes of Lucas Torreira and Stefan Lichsteiner to his squad. Arsenal fans can go into this season hopeful, although they are at 3.50 to pick up three points against the champions.
City, however, missed out on their key transfer target of Jorginho, who opted to join former coach Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea. The Citizens are now reportedly interested in Juventus playmaker Miralem Pjanic, but concluding a deal for the 28-year-old is also proving a lengthy process.
Nevertheless, City come into this game away to Arsenal as the clear favourites to pick up three points. Guardiola’s side are at just 2.00 to make a winning start to the campaign, meaning you could double your money with a City win.
As ever, the more specific you are, the higher the potential rewards. A 2-1 away win for City is priced at 9.50, offering close to a ten-fold return on any investment.
Premier League Round 1 fixtures
Friday, 10 August
(1.44) Manchester United x Leicester City (7.50); draw (4.50)
Saturday, 11 August
(3.40) Newcastle United x Tottenham Hotspur (2.10); draw (3.40)
(2.00) Bournemouth x Cardiff City (3.60); draw (3.50)
(2.30) Fulham x Crystal Palace (3.10); draw (3.30)
(6.00) Huddersfield Town x Chelsea (1.53); draw (4.00)
(2.20) Watford x Brighton (3.30); draw (3.25)
(2.25) Wolverhampton Wanderers x Everton (3.20); draw (3.30)
Sunday, 12 August
(1.28) Liverpool x West Ham United (11.00); draw (5.00)
(1.90) Southampton x Burnley (4.00); draw (3.40)
(3.50) Arsenal x Manchester City (2.00); draw (3.60)