The opening weekend of Premier League action may not have featured many major upsets or particularly goal-laden games, but it did provide a few pointers as to how the campaign will pan out for certain clubs.
We at news.bwin.com/en/, like all proactive profit hunters should, value this information highly and, having computed it all, here are three wagers worth a flutter off the back of Saturday and Sunday’s antics.
Manchester City to win the Premier League @ 11/5
In anticipation of Chelsea administering a good hiding at Burnley, the Citizens remain second favourites to win the title, despite prevailing against much tougher adversaries in Newcastle.
The defending champions were made to graft for their three points on Tyneside, yet returned home with unblemished laundry.
Two goals scored suggest their frontline is as razor sharp as it was in the previous campaign, while their occasionally porous rearguard from 12 months ago looks to have solidified too.
They were good enough to win the league with a suspect defence last term, so a concrete backline must improve their prospects of doing so again.
Everton to beat Arsenal @ 17/10
Acclimatising to the misfortune of prodigious playmaker Ross Barkley’s knee injury, the Toffees were held to a 2-2 by freshly-promoted Leicester.
In scoring twice at the King Power Stadium, Roberto Martinez’s men proved they have more than enough to threaten opposition defences without the England man and recorded two of their most convincing home wins in 2013/14 – against Stoke and Arsenal – after omitting him from the starting line up.
Describing the Gunners’ showing against Crystal Palace as rusty would be an understatement and, despite the Eagles reluctance to attack, they contrived to look as vulnerable as ever at the back.
Everton will pose plenty more questions so side with the Merseysiders to succeed.
Hull to be relegated @ 7/2
An outfit of the Toffees’ stature were unable to better a promoted outfit, but Hull had no such problems.
However, they’re yet to embark on their energy-sapping excursions to the continent’s nether regions in the Europa League and, had Charlie Austin converted from the spot, they wouldn’t have left London with the spoils in tow.
Bolton began their ill-fated 2011/12 top-tier campaign with a 4-0 rollicking of the R’s at Loftus Road so don’t read too much into the Yorkshire side’s opening day victory.