EPL Opening Weekend
The start of the 2013/14 Premier League season begins on August 17th and matches will be played across the weekend. The super Saturday start sees seven fixtures on the cards which presents some betting opportunity, with two further matches on Sunday and a Monday night special to round off the complete first round of fixtures. Some of the big feature matches will be Manchester United’s trip to League Cup winners Swansea, and the newly promoted Crystal Palace getting to host Tottenham in their opening match of the season.
But beyond simply taking a look at the ten matches which will be on the Premier League coupon for the opening weekend of the season, there will be great alternative markets to look at. These alternative betting markets can add a touch of fun as well to the first day of football betting on the new season as well. There are some great options when you look outside the regular box for the opening day of the season. You can look at everything from the amount of goals which are likely to be scored, to how the Big Six or the newly promoted teams will fare in their openers.
How many goals will find the back of the net on the opening ten fixtures of the 2013/14 Premier League season? On average last season, over the course of the entire campaign, there were 2.8 goals per game. That naturally lends itself to the bracket of 27-31 goals inclusive being the favourite option in the Total Goals on the opening weekend. Squads of course aren’t settled and who knows what striker will be playing for who, but asking for the field to produce 32 goals or more (at odds of 15/8) does look like a long stretch. Assessing the fixture list will be key here, because there are some tight looking matches.
Really only the Chelsea v Hull match has the promise of being a heavily one-sided game, with the Blues strong favourites at Stamford Bridge to run up a few goals against the newly promoted side. So much so, that Jose Mourinho’s men are 9/2 favourites to be the highest scoring Premier League across the first weekend. Manchester City, who have been offensively active in the summer transfer market are at 6/1 as they open against Aston Villa who were flirting with relegation last season. Liverpool, maybe without Luis Suarez are heavy favourites to beat Stoke at Anfield and are a 9/1 to be the top scorers for the first set of fixtures.
How will the newly promoted trio of Crystal Palace, Hull and Cardiff get on in their respective opening matches? Hull, as mentioned have an ominous task at Stamford Bridge, while Crystal Palace get to host Tottenham, who may be going without Gareth Bale, if Real Madrid get their way and sign the Welshman. Cardiff, who won the Championship last term look as if they will get embroiled in a gritty battle away at West Ham for their opener. There is a market from the Promoted Teams All To Lose their opening matches and was an option to be taken at around 16/5.
There will be heavy scrutiny on the Big Six to get off to strong starts and odds of 19/2 were being touted around for all six to open with victories. Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City do all get home matches to kick things off with, while Spurs and Man United have to deal with fixtures on the road. New Red Devils boss David Moyes does look to have the toughest call, as he takes on Swansea in his first Premier League match in charge of the Old Trafford club. There are even markets on offer for Premier League opening day betting to predict how many home wins, how many away wins and how many draws there will be exactly.