Premier League bosses announced fixtures for the eagerly anticipated 2018/19 Premier League season, Chelsea bringing the curtain up with a trip to Huddersfield Town on Saturday 11th August. The Blues are then at home to Arsenal in a London derby seven days later before visiting St James Park.
All eyes are currently fixed on Russia with the host nation kicking things off with a stunning 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in Moscow. That result moved bookmakers to shorten the world cup 2018 betting odds on a home win, a market dominated by Brazil and Germany.
The race to be crowned kings of planet football captures the imagination but there will be plenty of punters on the lookout for their value fix in the early Premier League betting. Manchester City have been scratched up as convincing favourites to win two-in-a-row with no more than 8/13 available at Paddy Power.
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Liverpool are expected to be the champions’ main danger at 9/2 and you have to cast your eye down to fifth in the betting to find Chelsea written off as 10/1 outsiders. If odds compilers are to be believed the Stamford Bridge residents will end behind the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham again.
Fans are demanding improvement in the coming months, starting with a strong showing in the summer transfer window, much better than we saw this time last year when Antonio Conte missed out on a host of targets including Belgian scorer Romelu Lukaku. Names currently being linked to the bridge are Alfie Mawson, Alisson Becker and Anthony Martial.
A return to the top-four and Champions League football is the least season ticket holders expect but there’s a competitive 8/11 trading, that quote leaving them fourth in the list. Average punters can ignore a top-six finish at 1/7.
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A squad low on confidence will require a strong start to the season and bookies expect Chelsea to hit the ground running with a comfortable win over The Terriers at Kirklees Stadium on matchday one. A punt on the visitors will land supporters 2/5 at the time of writing and that’ll surely pull its weight in accumulator bets. The draw goes 3/1 with Huddersfield 5/1 for an upset.
The prices would suggest a strong away win is on the cards but checking the head-to-heads stats tells a different story. From 66 recorded matches in competitive action the scores stand at Chelsea 29-27 Huddersfield with 10 draws. The pair played out a rather uninspiring share in their most recent meeting, Alonso responding to cancel out a Depoitre opener early in the second-half.
Both teams to score would’ve been settled as a winning bet on that occasion and the result fell into line with the trends. Both clubs have found the net at least once in each of their last four with a 1-0 Huddersfield win back in 1999 the odd one out in seven – a run stretching back to 1983.
That appears to have been lost on odds-makers who have no in the both-teams-to-score field as favourite – 8/11 at Paddy Power against the 11/10 for yes.