English Premier League Gameweek 1: Betting tips and previews of the matches scheduled on Saturday 13 August.
Premier League - Gameweek 1 - Betting tips & previews
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The most competitive and awaited English Premier League season finally starts on Saturday 13 August with Hull City-Leicester City at midday.
In this post you will find previews, betting tip stats and lineups of the 1st EPL Gameweek.
Leicester's clamorous triumph in the previous season will probably remain something memorable and unique, considering that 2 seasons ago The Foxes only avoided the relegation few weeks before the end.
There is a lot of curiosity around Ranieri's team: Will they still be able to compete for the title in a League become much more competitive with the arrivals of top level coaches such as Mourinho (Man UTD), Conte (Chelsea) and Guardiola (Man City)?
In our opinion the double task Premier League-Champions League should penalize the performances of a team not used to play in Europe at all. Ranieri lost Kantè in the last transfermarket but still can count on Vardy and Mahrez.
One of the secrets of the great past season was the perfect physical condition kept from the beginning till the end of the League.
Keeping a good form in the current season will be really hard although the arrivals of Zieler, Mendy, Kaputska and Musa who are all good players.
Leicester are forced to start the League in a good way trying to collect as much as points possible before the start of the Champions League.
We see The Foxes favourite vs the neopromoted Hull City who are undergoing an awful period: the coach Steve Bruce resigned on past July and that gave a break to the club's transfermarket.
The new coach has not been nominated yet and the first team players are only 15 at moment.
Making a good debut in these conditions vs a tested team like Leicester will be very hard.
We choose the title winners.
The big match of the first EPL Gameweek is surely Everton-Tottenham.
It will be interesting to see how The Spurs start the new League after last year's 3rd place.
Pochettino can count on a very skilled squad with lot of young players with one more year of experience (Rose, Dier, Alli, Lamela and Kane) who could be more decisive than on past.
The club has also signed two interesting players: the midfielder Wanyama and the former Az Alkmaar's striker Vincent Janssen, who will be a respectable reserve of Harry Kane or also his partner since Pochettino has already tried them together in the recent summer friendlies.
Everton could be one of the surprises of this EPL edition, after the worse than mediocre 11th place in the previous season.
The club, thanks to Moshiri's money, is ready to invest and indeed arrived the charismatic coach Ronald Koeman and the talented scout Steve Walsh (he who brought Kantè, Vardy and Mahrez at Leicester).
The main actual problems are about Romelu Kukaku who wishes to move and the lack of a trusty central back since Stones joined Manchester City few days ago.
In our opinion the risk to be unprepared in sight of the 1st EPL clash is really high for Everton and will not be easy to face a strong opponent like Tottenham.
We choose The Spurs in a match where goals should not be missing.
Middlesbrough are back in the Premier League after their last appearance back in 2009. There are good hopes and expectations about a positive campaign of this neopromoted
Middlesbrough obtained the promotion after reaching the 2nd place in the last Championship and after losing the Playoffs Final 2 season ago.
The past year in the Championship made the team much more compact with a great defensive solidity and good quality while attacking thanks to the skills of Downing, Ramirez and Negredo.
Their opponents in the debut are quite tough to face: Stoke City ended the last League with a good 9th place and have kept all their best players, adding Joe Allen (one of the best players of the last Euros) in the midfield. Stoke's defensive phase is solid and organized, the midfield with Imbula-Allen has a good mix of strenght and quality and the attackers (Shaqiri, Arnautovic, Bojan and Diouf) are really fearsome.
We like Stoke double chance.
Southampton and Watford have both changed coach and several players and that could mean they have few certainties from a tactical point of view at moment.
Southampton have chosen the French Puel in place of Koeman.
The new Watford's coach is italian: Walter Mazzarri.
Both coaches will make their debut in the English League on next Saturday and we expect they will adopt a prudent attitude especially Mazzarri and his 3-5-2.
Ah for those who like Fantasy Premier League, Communio, Fantacalcio and any football game that consists in making a team of real players, well we suggest you to choose the two Watford's lateral backs since Mazzarri loves to attack from the wings and they would bring you a lot of assists but also goals: take a look at Zuniga-Maggio with Napoli and Nagatomo-Jonathan with Inter).
Southampton lost Manè and Pellè and seems that the arrivals of the youngsters Hojberg and Redmon and the experienced Pied are not enough and there is the need of a good presence in the attack.
Watford have kept the attacking duo Deeney-Ighalo but in our opinion players need time to assimilate Mazzarri's tactics. Under 2.5 here.
HULL CITY . LEICESTER CITY
AWAY WIN (1.95)
POSSIBLE SCORE: 0-2
EVERTON - TOTTENHAM
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (1.90)
OVER 2.5 (2.10)
AWAY WIN (2.40)
POSSIBLE SCORE: 1-2
MIDDLESBROUGH - STOKE CITY
UNDER 2.5 (1.57)
STOKE DOUBLE CHANCE (1.60)
POSSIBLE SCORE: 1-1
SOUTHAMPTON - WATFORD
UNDER 2.5 (1.80)
UNDER 1.5 1st HALF (1.37)
POSSIBLE SCORE: 1-1
MANCHESTER CITY - SUNDERLAND
OVER 3.5 (2.37)
OVER 2.5 (1.57)
HOME WIN (1.30)
POSSIBLE SCORE: 3-1