• Chris Sobey


The eagerly awaited new Premier League season gets underway this weekend and there’s a treat for live satellite viewers with four games across the weekend kicking off tonight with the first game of the new season between last season’s runners-up by one-point Liverpool against newly-promoted Norwich at Anfield. This is the first time the two sides have met since Norwich were last in the Premier League back in 2015/2016 and if this game is anything like their last one, which was a nine-goal thriller at Carrow Road, then we are going to be in for a real treat tonight.

I think the goals markets are a good place to start for this match and over 2.5 goals should land comfortably as the majority of Liverpool’s last ten competitive home games ended with more than two goals, as did the majority of Norwich’s last ten competitive away matches and finally three of the last five competitive corresponding encounters ended with more than two goals scored. If you’re looking for a higher return why not try Liverpool Win & O3.5 Goals Match Double or, Score/Win Double Salah & Liverpool.

On Saturday there are two live satellite lunchtime kick-offs to get the betting juices going from the Premier League and EFL Championship. The Premier League match is between West Ham and Premier League champions Manchester City at the London Stadium and not surprisingly City have been dominant in this corresponding fixture over the last decade winning ten of the last nineteen including the last five in a row and the last nine all ended with more than two goals scored including six with more than three goals scored. From a betting perspective City -2 on the handicap should go close to landing as it occurred seven times in the last ten corresponding matches. If you’re looking for a higher return why not consider Man City Win & O3.5 Goals Match Double or, Sterling FGS.

The Championship lunchtime kick-off is mouth-watering one between Championship winner favourites Leeds at Elland Road against old foes Nottingham Forest. Leeds are strongly fancied to back-up their impressive opening day away win 3-1 at Bristol City, while Forest will aim to bounce back from an opening day home loss against a strong West Brom team. There’s not much separating the two from their previous corresponding competitive encounters, Leeds won four, Forest three, five ended drawn including the last two and the last six all ended with less than three goals scored.

From the Premier League 3pm kick-offs Bournemouth and Everton look good value to pick up three points today against newly-promoted Sheffield Utd at the Vitality Stadium and Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. I expect there will be over 2.5 goals in the Bournemouth game as well so if you’re looking for a higher return than just the home win why not consider backing Bournemouth Win & BTTS ‘Yes’ Match Double. From the Championship 3pm kick-offs, I think Derby will be too good for a decent Swansea side in front of their home fans, there will be over 2.5 goals in the game and I also think there will be goals in the Fulham against Blackburn game at Craven Cottage and the Boro against Brentford match at the Riverside.

West Brom should be a banker home bet against Millwall at the Hawthorns and relegation favourites Hull and Reading look set to fight out a low scoring scrap at the KCOM Stadium, why not double-up West Brom & U3.5 Goals Match Double and Hull vs. Reading Draw & U3.5 Goals Match Double, at big odds. In League One I expect Portsmouth to bounce back to winning ways at home against newly-promoted Tranmere, the draw definitely looks like the value for the Ipswich against Sunderland match at Portman Road, at the Memorial Stadium Wycombe look over-priced to win away at an inconsistent Bristol Rovers and if you’re in search of a higher return why not consider taking Wycombe & U3.5 Goals Match Double. I like Gillingham at home against Burton as the Gills have a strong record at home against the visitors and there should be plenty of goals in the Rochdale against Doncaster and Southend against Blackpool games so, why not consider backing over 2.5 goals for both games in a double or, if you’re in search of a higher return double-up on Doncaster Win & Over 2.5 Goals Match Double and Blackpool Win & O2.5 Goals Match Double.

To round, the weekend domestic football action off there are three blockbuster Super Sunday live satellite tv matches to enjoy between Leicester City and Wolves at the King Power Stadium and Newcastle United and Arsenal at St James Park both at 2pm. They’ve saved the best for last as old foes Manchester United and Chelsea face a tough opening day test at Old Trafford from 4.30pm, which is sure to be a baptism of fire for Frank Lampard who is managing his first-ever Premier League team and match.

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