The 2015/16 season kicks off at Old Trafford, with Manchester United hosting Tottenham Hotspur
We’ve got six games to kick things off on Saturday in the Premier League. Our recommendation is to tread carefully when it comes to betting on these matches – it’s the first game of the season and there’s little form to feed off.
BT Sport host the first match of the campaign, with Manchester United hoping to avoid a repeat of last season where Swansea City rained on their parade in the opener.
Then we have four matches at 3pm including new boys Bournemouth hosting Aston Villa. The Cherries couldn’t have picked a better game to kick things off, while Norwich also have home advantage when they tackle Crystal Palace.
Everton meet Watford at Goodison Park, with Leicester City facing Sunderland, while champions Chelsea host Swansea City on Saturday evening.
Saturday 8th August 2015
Man Utd v Tottenham 12:45
8/13 looks a touch skinny about a United team who wobbled at the beginning of the last campaign, with Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie having all flown the nest.
Wayne Rooney will operate up top and all eyes will be on Memphis Depay who arrives from the Netherlands with an impressive reputation.
Tottenham lost this fixture 3-0 last season and Mauricio Pochettino hasn’t tampered too much with last season’s squad, although Toby Alderweireld should add some steel to the defence.
Harry Kane’s goals accounted for over one third of Spurs’ tally last term and we think the visitors can play their part in what should be an entertaining curtain-raiser.
CORRECT SCORE: Manchester United 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1
BEST BET: Both teams to score @ 10/11 with William Hill
Bournemouth v Aston Villa 15:00
A wonderful chance for the Cherries to enjoy a flyer, with Matt Ritchie and Callum Wilson having combined to score so many goals for last season’s Championship winners.
However, this is not a Bournemouth team strong on defence and Villa have spent the Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph money on Idrissa Gueye, Jordan Ayew, Jordan Veretout, Jordan Amavi and Rudy Gestede.
Perhaps the value lies with the team who are already a Premier League fixture and odds of 16/5 that Tim Sherwood’s team wins looks pretty big.
CORRECT SCORE: Bournemouth 2 Aston Villa 3
BEST BET: Aston Villa to win @ 16/5 with BetVictor
Everton v Watford 15:00
An underwhelming summer for Everton new signings, with Tom Cleverley being joined by Gerard Deulofeu at Goodison Park.
Roberto Martinez continues to fend off Chelsea when it comes to John Stones and newly-promoted Watford might be considering this a good time to be playing the fixture.
The Hornets have a new manager in Quique Flores, with eleven new faces at the club, although Troy Deeney and Almen Abdi should also feature heavily after playing a key role in promotion last term.
CORRECT SCORE: Everton 0 Watford 1
BEST BET: Watford or Draw on Double Chance @ 5/4 with Coral
Leicester v Sunderland 15:00
This could be the first bore draw of the Premier League season. Leicester could be anything under Claudio Ranieri although they were rock solid defensively under Nigel Pearson as the campaign drew to a close.
Similarly, Dick Advocaat was all about clean sheets when it came to keeping Sunderland afloat and the attacking options look limited, with Jermain Defoe and Jeremain Lens unlikely to make a big impact at the King Power.
CORRECT SCORE: Leicester 0 Sunderland 0
BEST BET: Under 2.5 Goals @ 8/11 with BetVictor
Norwich v Crystal Palace 15:00
An exciting match-up at Carrow Road. Norwich have barely looked back since Alex Neil took charge and the Canaries certainly have a winning mentality under the Scot.
Similarly, Alan Pardew enjoyed a fine few months with Palace and guided the Eagles into the top half of the table. Yohan Cabaye, Patrick Bamford and Conor Wickham bolster the team’s attacking options.
Pardew wasn’t too defensive-minded last season and a similar approach is expected for this game.
CORRECT SCORE: Norwich 2 Crystal Palace 2
BEST BET: Over 2.5 Goals @ 888sport
Chelsea v Swansea 17:30
Don’t expect the Swans to be all gung-ho for their clash at Stamford Bridge. Garry Monk enjoyed wins at Arsenal and United by adapting accordingly and will attempt to do the same.
Chelsea looked a little sluggish when losing the Community Shield match although this will be higher intensity for the champions who won this fixture 4-2 last season.
Diego Costa might be replaced by Loic Remy for this one, with Oscar and Willian flanking Eden Hazard. We’re confident that Swansea can be kept at bay as adopt an unambitious approach.
CORRECT SCORE: Chelsea 2 Swansea City 0
BEST BET: Chelsea win to nil @ 6/5 with BetVictor