Champions Manchester City will only start the new campaign as Paddy Power’s 13/5 second favourites behind Chelsea (2/1, William Hill) to successfully defend their title but Manuel Pellegrini’s charges are nevertheless well-fancied at 4/6 via BetVictor to start as they mean to go on by collecting maximum points in their opener at Newcastle.
The Magpies will kick-off as Stan James’s 17/4 outsiders at St James’s Park, where it’s 10/3 at bet365 to finish all square and that stalemate might attract one or two punters following City’s Community Shield hammering at the hands of Arsenal last weekend.
However, the Eastlands outfit have racked up nine successive league victories against Newcastle and with several of their key players likely to return in this one, Man City are hard to oppose on Tyneside.
Nevertheless, a close encounter isn’t out of the question and Stan James offer a generous 15/2 for Pellegrini’s side to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline. Preferable though is bet365’s 11/5 for the visitors to come out on top and both teams to find the net.
Man City to win and both teams to score – 11/5 (bet365)