Unforeseen results are commonplace on the first day of a new campaign, which, on one hand, makes accurately predicting the outcomes of matches a tough task.
For the glass-half-full punters out there, however, this opening-day unreliability forges an opportunity to turn a big profit.
Unexpected scorelines mean fatter odds and, if the following three tips land, backers will be paid out at a smidge more than 20/1. Not a bad way to kick off the Premier League campaign, right?
Read on for the rationale behind our curtain-raising treble:
The Toffees have shared the spoils in each of their previous three first-day duels, while four of their last seven renewals against this adversary have ended honours even too.
One goal saw the remaining three Everton-Spurs affairs settled either way, which was also the case in the last four season-starting fixtures involving Mauricio Pochettino’s troops.
Burnley v Swansea City – Away win @ 39/20
An uninspiring summer so far in the transfer market has done little to convince the doubters that Burnley will survive a season in the Premier League for the first time in their history.
They’re set to mark the start of their third campaign in the division with defeat to another side whom plenty are tipping for the drop, with the Swans losing just one of six dust ups between the duo this century.
Their anomalous loss comes with fairly hefty mitigation attached, with the Clarets benefitting from an own goal and a penalty en route to recording a 2-1 win against the Welshmen in 2011.
Swansea finished last season strongly under Francesco Guidolin, losing just two of their final eight fixtures and will pose a greater threat here than their odds suggest.
Middlesbrough v Stoke – Home win @ 5/4
Boro end a seven-year Premier League exile at home to Stoke and they’ll commemorate their top-flight return with a win.
Under normal circumstances, the Potters would pose a formidable threat, but their opening-day exploits in recent seasons undermine their status as one of the stronger sides in the division.
Mark Hughes’ men haven’t started with a win since 2009/10 and they’ve lost each of the three first games under his tutelage.