Champions Manchester City will only kick-off the new campaign as betway’s 5/2 second favourites behind Chelsea (15/8, Winner.com) to successfully defend their title but Manuel Pellegrini’s troops are nevertheless well-fancied at 4/6 via Stan James to start as they mean to go on by collecting maximum points in their opener at Newcastle.
The Magpies will kick-off as bet365’s 4/1 outsiders at St James’s Park, where it’s 3/1 at BetVictor 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 Ladbrokes offer a generous 31/10 about an away success by a one-goal margin. More accurately, Pellegrini’s charges are 15/2 courtesy of Stan James to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline and perhaps most enticingly, bet365 quote odds of 11/5 for the visitors to come out on top and both teams to find the net.
Liverpool’s summer recruitment drive has seen them plunder the talent pool at Southampton three times, securing the signatures of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren and thanks to a quirk of the fixture computer, the trio will make their Reds debuts against their former club on Sunday.
It’s just 4/11 at Stan James that they start their Anfield careers with a bittersweet victory and indeed bookies expect the home side to dominate, bet365 pricing Brendan Rodgers’s side at 10/11 to be in possession of a lead at both the interval and full-time.
In Paddy Power’s handicaps meanwhile, Liverpool have attracted support at even money when kicking off a goal in arrears, BetVictor consider 2-0 (13/2) to be the most likely scoreline and it’s 11/8 courtesy of Skybet for the Reds to win ‘to nil’.
On Monday, Stan James chalk Chelsea up at 2/5 to secure the points at newly-promoted Burnley, 8/1 chances at Ladbrokes to stun Jose Mourinho’s men. On their return to the top flight, the Clarets are more than capable of giving a good account of themselves but getting on the scoresheet might prove difficult and accordingly the Blues catch the eye at 13/10 (betway) to triumph ‘to nil’.
Elsewhere, continuity could be key for Everton (29/20, BetVictor) as they travel to top flight new boys Leicester, Stoke are outstanding value at 21/20 courtesy of Paddy Power ahead of their home clash with Aston Villa and Stan James make QPR 6/4 to see off Hull. Finally, at the Hawthorns bet365 rate a stalemate at 12/5 as West Brom entertain Sunderland.
Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham fourfold – 4/1 (BetVictor)
Man City to win and both teams to score – 11/5 (bet365)
Stoke and Everton double – 4/1 (Paddy Power)
West Brom and Sunderland to draw – 12/5 (bet365)