Kick-off: Saturday, 15:00
Referee: Jon Moss
Consummate survivors Swansea, constantly written off as top players and managers come and go, look underrated once again at 19/10 to win away to Burnley on the opening weekend of the Premier League campaign.
Francesco Guidolin’s side rate colossal value based on Premier League opening-day form, having drawn 2-2 at then-champions Chelsea 12 months ago, a year on from beating Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford in Louis van Gaal’s first match in charge.
They also thumped QPR 5-0 away in their first match of 2012/13.
By contrast, Burnley’s last top-flight opener ended in 3-1 defeat at Chelsea two years ago, while Stoke polished off Owen Coyle’s side in a 2-0 win at the Britannia back in 2009/10, the Clarets’ only other season amongst the elite during the Sky Sports era.
They went into both previous opening days off the back of similar runs of Championship form upon promotion, with Coyle’s outfit winning their last four matches en route to play-off glory, and current boss Sean Dyche seems to be repeating mistakes made each time Burnley reach the promised land.
With most of the Premier League buying and selling like there’s no tomorrow, Dyche’s most eye-catching summer signing so far has been the loan capture of Liverpool full-back Jon Flanagan, with £3.6m combined for Charlton pair Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Nick Pope making up the rest.
Swansea have lost £20m forward Andre Ayew to West Ham, while many will be sad to see lethal-but-slow forward Bafetimbi Gomis leave for Marseille on loan, but six new faces have been unveiled at the Liberty Stadium, including former Athletic Bilbao and Juventus hotshot Fernando Llorente.
How the £5m forward gets on in the Premier League after a couple of mediocre campaigns at Juve and Sevilla will be of great interest, but goals could be hard to come by at Turf Moor, with both Burnley v Swansea fixtures in 2014/15 finishing up 1-0 to the Welsh side.
Recommended bet: Swansea to win 1-0 @ 13/2