Premiership Preview – 16 August 2013
This entry was posted on Friday, August 16th, 2013
We’ve had Cricket, Tennis and Athletics to keep us busy over the summer, but there’s nothing quite like the first day of the Premier League season and seeing Sir Alex Ferguson… oh, I guess not this year, but it’s great to be back.
Last year you’ll remember we were generally negative against Liverpool and this year we’ll go the full hog and be negative against Merseyside. Roberto Martinez ultimately took a not awful Wigan side down and we think this could be a poor season where the Toffees come unstuck. Only four sides won at Norwich in the league last season whilst Everton only won four league games on the road. We’re baffled Everton are favourites, especially given Norwich have improved their side more than Everton over the summer. We’re taking a big lay at 2.46 on Betfair.
No sides league fixtures had more goals at home than Arsenal did last season (3.68) whilst Aston Villa’s matches saw the most goals of any away side (3.42). The last three meetings between the two sides at The Emirates have all had three goals and we think there’s every reason it’ll happen again. Over 2.5 goals is a play for us at 1.62 on Betfair.
Reading found out the hard way that winning the Championship doesn’t mean you’ll survive in the Premier League and we’ll wait and see how Cardiff perform in their opening games before passing judgement. West Ham however are not easy opponents, winning half of their home games last season and we suspect they’ll get an opening day win with their newly improved squad including Stewart Downing. Evens looks a fair price with PaddyPower.
Chelsea are the most successful team on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, with 44 points from their 21 games. We suspect it will be another three points this season when Hull visit. Mourinho and his side will likely make a real opening day statement and we’d fear for Hull. Chelsea -1 is our safe selection at 1.6 on Betfair.