Defending champions travel to London to take on Unai Emery in his first game as Gunners boss
The French players will barely have stopped celebrating when the time will come to report back for pre-season training. Following a hugely entertaining World Cup which saw the Blues claim their second global crown, it will soon very much be business as usual in domestic leagues across the Old Continent.
France came in to the World Cup in Russia as one of the favourites for the crown. And as their main competitors (Germany, Spain and Brazil) continued to fall at earlier hurdles, the path lay clear for France to see off Croatia 4-2 in the final this past Sunday evening. Now, we are just under a month away from the restart of the FA Premier League.
First things first
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Where can I win money in this tie?
In both this tie as well as the Premier League season outright, it is Manchester City who come in as the favourites. Last term saw Pep Guardiola and his side break all sorts of records and they have set the bar high for anyone wanting to catch them this time around.
They recorded a record breaking 100 points in the Premier League after notching up 32 wins and four draws, as well as scoring 106 goals at a rate of over 2.8 goals per game. In short, the Citizens are the red hot favourites to retain their Premier League crown at a price of just 1.57, according to Oddsshark.
And you can also double your money by backing City to make a winning start to the season at the Emirates Stadium. Guardiola’s side are at 2.00 to pick up three points in London, while the home side, Arsenal, are at 3.50 to triumph in the curtain raiser.
This, however, is likely to be a period of transition for the Gunners and their supporters, with Unai Emery in the dugout following Wenger’s resignation after 22 years at the helm of the ship. Once one of the favourites for the title, Arsenal finished sixth last term and face a fight just to get back into the top four and qualify for Champions League football.
The Gunners finished a huge 12 points behind fourth placed Liverpool in the previous season and the odds are not exactly in their favour to regain a champions League place at the first time of asking. You can however potentially tripe your investment by backing Arsenal to finish in the top four at a price of 3.00, while if you think Emery can pull off a nigh-on miracle and win the title in his first season in English football then the price is 26.00.
Arsenal’s best chance of a result in this one may well be a draw, which is priced at 3.60. However, given the season will be in its infancy and as such it will be tough to envisage how teams will start the season, you may well like to opt for the “Double chance” option, which allows you to select two possible outcomes for the match rather than just one.
You can go for an Arsenal win or a draw at a price of just 1.83. If you think the match will end in a City win or a draw, however, that price drops to 1.30, and you can pick either side to collect three points at a very slightly shorter price of 1.29.
There is simply no getting away from the fact, however, that Manchester City come into this game as the clear favourites. While it is never easy trying to predict the exact score of a game, particularly at the beginning of a season, a 2-1 win for City is priced at 9.50, offering close to a ten-fold return on any investment.
There will, of course, be clubs trying to catch Manchester City after their spell of dominance in the last campaign. Great rivals Manchester United finished second last season, albeit a huge 19 points behind City, and the pressure will be on boss Jose Mourinho to arrest the situation – United are 7.50 to win their first Premier League crown since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
And another club who will fancy their chances of causing an upset are Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp’s side has bought well during the transfer window and are at 6.00 to pick up their first ever Premier League title.
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)