The Premier League is enjoying its coming of age in 2013/14 and what better way to celebrate its 21st birthday than by flavouring your curtain raising wagers with the lessons of the past. Here are four bets for this season’s first weekend inspired by the unifying trends of opening rounds gone by.
Chelsea to beat Hull City to nil @ 18/25
Roman Abramovich’s perpetual motion desk toy have made a habit of churning out the first day wins, doing so in 10 of the last 11 seasons but backing them to beat Hull City @ 9/50 isn’t going to make anyone rich.
Given the visitors were only the 12th highest scorers in the Championship the price about Chelsea beating the Tigers to nil is far more enticing given they’ve kept clean sheets in seven of their last nine curtain raisers.
Arsenal v Aston Villa draw @ 15/4
Maybe it’s the fragile sense of frustrated hope that always lingers over the Arsenal side as the closing of the transfer window looms closer, but draws have become the norm on the opening day in recent years, with three stalemates on the bounce.
Of Villa’s two meetings with the Gunners last term, one was a draw whilst the other ended in a 2-1 win for the latter, suggesting there wasn’t a great deal to choose between the sides even then.
Sunderland v Fulham under 1.5 goals @ 5/2
Betting the unders in this heat may not seem like the result of hours of scholarly research, but the history books should at the very least whet your appetite for a dishwater-dull fixture.
Five of Sunderland’s last seven season openers have treated the drowsy late August sunbathers to one reason or less to cheer or cry, whilst three of Cottagers’ last four maiden seasonal voyages have ended with one goal or less on the scoreboard.
Crystal Palace v Tottenham (3/4)/West Ham v Cardiff (87/100)/Chelsea v Hull (53/100) – over 2.5 goals treble @ 5/1
Teams newly promoted from the Championship have been involved in some bumper exchanges on their first days at big school over the past three campaigns – seven of the nine matches involving them delivering over 2.5 goals.