It’s days bwinners, mere days, until the Premier League returns from summer hibernation and tremors of anticipation ripple around puntingdom.
The opening round of action usually tosses out a few of what baseball boffins refers to as ‘curveballs’, but there are some occurrences you can fix your Stetson to.
Reddies at the ready, here are three of them:
Chelsea always win
It may come as no surprise given their standing as one of the foremost franchises in the global game, but this streak stretches back to a bygone era when the west Londoners weren’t filthy rich.
Not since 1998 at Coventry have the Blues lost a curtain-raising collision.
They’ve commenced 11 of the 12 campaigns to follow this 2-1 reverse at Highfield Road in victorious fashion and drawn the other.
A trip to Burnley, where they’re priced at 2/5 to win, is up first for the Blues.
Southampton never win
A summer of major upheaval at St Mary’s has left the preparations for their Liverpool soiree marooned a few light-years short of ideal.
Three of the mainstays from their 2013/14 team could be lining up against them at Anfield as the Saints bid to add just a third opening-day victory this century to their resume.
The hosts’ 9/25 for the win, however, insists Ronald Koeman’s men will remain on two.
Combine the Reds’ price with Chelsea’s in a double that pays 9/10.
Man City win to nil
Manuel Pellegrini takes his Citizens to St James’ Park to begin the defence of their Premier League crown and will buoyed by the fact that they’ve bested five of their previous seven day-one opponents without conceding.
Newcastle were the most recent to succumb to City’s attacking charm, going down 4-0 at the Etihad 12 months ago.
The Toon have lost five of the pair’s last six meetings (though one required extra-time) without scoring at all and an away win to nil is available at 2/1.