Norwich and Watford make their Premier League returns as part of a hectic Saturday schedule and they’re joined by fellow Championship escapees Bournemouth, who are making their debut in what’s widely recognised (by those who play in it, manage in it, or make money broadcasting its matches) as the best division in the world.
The Cherries host Aston Villa, while the former duo tackle Crystal Palace and Everton respectively in fixtures that are far kinder than they could’ve been.
Should the trio capitalise on the generosity of the frequently cruel fixture generator with wins, there’s a payday touching on 23/1 to be had with bwin.com.
Here’s why it’s a bet worth making.
Bournemouth to beat Aston Villa @ evens
Expect expansive football from Eddie Howe’s men as they go for the jugular against a Villa side fresh from a summer spine transplant.
No second tier side endured fewer home defeats than the Cherries three last term, while only Norwich outscored their 48 goals and another solid campaign on the homestead will be imperative if they’re to survive this term.
The Villans, on the other hand, failed to score in ten of their Premier League road games and picked up just one point from three trips to the trio promoted the season prior.
Norwich to beat Crystal Palace @ 33/20
The Canaries may be the only favourites in our selection, but Palace were much better on the road last time around, where the searing pace of their wide men was used to exploit the over zealous attacking intentions of their hosts.
It will be fighting the urge to push up the pitch that holds the key to Norwich’s victory here.
As pointed out, they have the firepower to overcome the Eagles and boast an exceptional record against them, having not lost in eight top-tier meetings with this foe since the league’s 1992 rebrand.
Watford to beat Everton @ 7/2
As the only away team of the treble, the Hornets face the toughest task, but Roberto Martinez’s side were shaky at Goodison Park last time around, closing the campaign by scribbling two home defeats on the ledger.
Furthermore, newly-promoted opposition has been their first of the season in two of the previous four editions and on both instances they haven’t managed to win, famously falling to an equally unfancied QPR on home soil in 2011/12.