Summer somehow seems to both fly by and drag. On the one hand we enjoy a few sunny days but the darkness and cold returns before we know it, on the other, when there isn’t a major football tournament it seems like an eternity from the time the last ball is kicked in May to the day the action returns in early August.
Mercifully, the Premier League is back this weekend and with it, where football is concerned, comes the resumption of the battle between bookie and punter. Neither has a significant form guide to go on after a couple of months of pedestrian friendy encounters but that hasn’t discouraged people from chancing their arm on the opening round of fixtures.
First up is a collision between the teams that finished fourth and fifth respectively last term, Manchester United and Tottenham and both have ambitions to improve on those positions so they’ll be keen to lay down a marker in this clash.
As hosts, United are strongly favoured by bet365 at odds of 8/13 Spurs are as high as 21/4 via BetVictor. Stan James’s 3/1 about a stalemate meanwhile, might attract cash from backers expecting the pair to be keen to avoid defeat in such a crucial early clash.
However, of the two managers Louis Van Gaal has done the most eye-catching business in the off season and his recruitment drive looks set to reap instant rewards in this contest. Stan James’s 13/5 for the hosts to shade it by a one-goal margin catches the eye then and in a clash that’s 10/11 (William Hill) to see both teams find the net, United represent decent value at 8/1 with bet365 to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline.
Man Utd to beat Tottenham 2-1 – 8/1 (bet365)