First round of Premier League matches kicks off in under a month

Record breaking Manchester City looking to retain title and are the favourites to do so


Fresh off the heels of one of the most entertaining World Cup campaigns in recent memory comes the new Premier League season. The international tournament in Russia was full of surprises, with defending champions Germany falling at the group stage, ad favourites Spain and Brazil failing to make it even to the final four.

In the end, France claimed their second World Cup crown in a pleasing spectacle against Croatia. The Blues won 4-2 and now there is scant time for rest before domestic campaigns get underway across Europe.

First things first

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Where can I win money during this Premier League season?

It is only reasonable to start in one place when it comes to a Premier League outright preview: Manchester City. Guardiola’s side were record breaking in their last campaign, recording 100 points as well as scoring 106 goals.

And they, unsurprisingly, come into the new season as the favourites to win the league again. You can back Manchester City at a price of just 1.57 to win a second successive crown, a price far shorter than any of their main rivals for the title, according to Oddsshark .

And Manchester City are also in the pick of the first round fixtures. The Citizens will kick off their title defence away to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, who will have Unai Emery as their manager for the first time in a competitive fixture.

Arsenal have not won the Premier League in close to 15 years – the last time was in the 2003/04 season – and after 22 years at the helm of the ship Arsene Wegner has finally left his managerial position. Emery will be charged with bringing a first league title to the Emirates, and the Gunners are at the very long price of 26.00 to do that in his first season.

This introduction to Premier League football for Emery could well be a chastening experience in itself. You can double your money by backing Manchester City to make a winning start to the season at 2.00, while Arsenal are at 3.50 to pick up three points in this Premier League opener.

The promoted clubs are often thought to face the biggest threat of relegation, and as such it can be important to make a strong start to the campaign, especially in your home games. Fulham regained promotion to the Premier League following success in the play-offs and in their opening match on 11 August play a home game against fellow London cub Crystal Palace – and it is Fulham who come into the local derby as the favourites to pick up the win.

Fulham are at just 2.30 to take the points against Palace, with the visitors further out at 3.10. A draw would look to be the least likely result with the price raising again to 3.30 – a 2-1 win for the home side is at 10.00, offering a ten-fold return on any investment.

The two other promoted clubs are Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff City, both who came up automatically, having finished in the top two in the Championship last season. Cardiff face a tough trip to Bournemouth on the opening day, while Wolves host Everton in a game they may well expect to win, given the fact they will have the crowd behind them.

Wolves are priced at just 2.25 to make a winning start to the season, while Everton, in their first competitive game with Marco Silva at the helm of the ship, are at 3.20 to make a winning start to the season. In terms of positive starts for the newly promoted cubs, Cardiff look to have the toughest task.

Neil Warnock’s men are at 3.60 to pick up a win away to Bournemouth, while you can double your money backing Eddie Howe’s men at 2.00. Having now established themselves as a Premier League force, you can back Bournemouth at 3.50 to finish in the top half this season.

But it looks like it will be a tough few months for Cardiff upon their Premier League return. The Bluebirds are the favourites to drop straight back down to the Championship at a price of just 1.72.

Premier League Round 1 fixtures

Friday, 10 August

(1.36) Manchester United x Leicester City (9.00); draw (4.50)

Saturday, 11 August

(3.60) Newcastle United x Tottenham Hotspur (2.05); 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)

(7.00) Huddersfield Town x Chelsea (1.50); draw (4.00)

(1.90) Southampton x Burnley (4.00); draw (3.40)

(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)

(3.50) Arsenal x Manchester City (2.00); draw (3.60)

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