With the Premier League season about to get underway, we’ve got our writers to select their betting tips for this weekend. You can decide to back them all, back the writer in form, or choose to go for your own tip.
- Josh’s Pick – Spurs vs Southampton: Spurs to score over 3.5 goals @ 15/4 with 888sport
- Charlie’s Pick – Leeds United vs Wolves: Draw and BTTS @ 13/4 with 888sport
- Andy’s Pick – Crystal Palace v Arsenal / West Ham v Man City: Over 2.5 goals in both games @ 15/8 with 888sport
- Max’s Pick – Manchester United vs Brighton: United to Win and BTTS @ 51/20 with 888sport
- Joe’s Pick – Manchester United to win and Lisandro Martinez to be booked @ 7/1 with 888sport
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Josh’s Pick (@joshstedman8) – Spurs vs Southampton: Spurs to score over 3.5 goals @ 15/4 with 888sport
Spurs’s attacking force is frightening. They’ve got Son, Harry Kane, Richarlison, Lucas and Dejan Kulusevski all fighting for three starting places. Added to that they now have Djed Spence and Ivan Perišić as wing-backs, they’ll be a force this season.
Southampton have been shaky at the back for the past couple of seasons, and haven’t gone to great strides to improve this. I think new man Gavin Baznu is in for a rough ride if he gets the number one jersey this weekend.
Kane and co will be licking their lips ahead of this one.
Charlie’s Pick – Leeds United vs Wolves: Draw and BTTS @ 13/4 with 888sport
Both fixtures between these sides last season were incredibly even, the first of which saw a cagey share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Molineux.
Despite Leeds winning the reverse fixture back in Yorkshire, Wolves were mightily unlucky to not walk away with a point after Luke Ayling salvaged a crucial 90th minute winner that turned out to be pivotal in their race for survival.
Both sides have key injuries entering this one – Bruno Lage will be without Raul Jiminez, Nelson Semedo and the returning Adama Traore, while Jesse Marsch will have to make do without Junior Firpo, Stuart Dallas, Luke Ayling and new signing Luis Sinisterra.
This should translate into a cagey, tense opening fixture at Elland Road.
Andy’s Pick – Crystal Palace v Arsenal / West Ham v Man City: Over 2.5 goals in both games @ 15/8 with 888sport
Crystal Palace and Arsenal get the Premier League action going in the opening game of the 2022/23 season on Friday night – and it’s a match-up that’s produced goals in recent clashes. 7 of the last 8 repeat fixtures saw OVER 2.5 GOALS, (88%), while 7 of the last 10 actually went Over 3.5 Goals.
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The final game on ‘week one’ sees the champions, Man City, travel to West Ham on Sunday. Last season’s repeat fixture ended 2-2, while with a massive 10 of the last 12 (83%) meetings producing OVER 2.5 GOALS, then, if the stats are backed up, we should be in for plenty of goalmouth action in this one too.
Max’s Pick – Manchester United vs Brighton: United to Win and BTTS @ 51/20 with 888sport
Coming into the new season it looks like Ten Haag has got Man United’s forwards firing again scoring 14 in 6 games during their tour of Thailand and Australia. It’s also looking like their defense is a bit more solid conceding 5, but still nowhere near the standard they need.
Looking at Brighton they have also had a good preseason scoring 11 in 5 games and conceding 4. The stats here may favor a draw with both teams finding joy in front of goal during preseason. However with Man United’s extra quality in their squad it will most likely give them the edge this time round.
Joe’s Pick (@JoeTLyons_) – Manchester United to win and Lisandro Martinez to be booked @ 7/1 with 888sport
During his time in Amsterdam, Martinez earned the nickname ‘The Butcher’ due to his aggressive style of play and no-nonsense approach to the art of defending.
Former Red Devil Marcos Rojo has been likened to Martinez’s characteristic of being ‘hard as nails’ and at just 5-foot-9 tall, the Argentina international will waste no time in letting opposition attackers know of his presence.
As expected for a Premier League debut, jitters and nerves will be expected from Martinez who is likely to start alongside Harry Maguire in defence – and he is our tip to make his way into referee Paul Tierney’s book.
Erik ten Hag joins the list of David Moyes, Ryan Giggs, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Michael Carrick, and Ralf Rangnick as Manchester United managers (interim, caretaker, or permanent) since Ferguson’s departure.
Ten Hag’s approach to life as manager of one of the world’s biggest clubs has been a breath of fresh air for fans, and has been publicly critical of players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Diogo Dalot who left Old Trafford early during United’s 1-1 friendly draw with Rayo Vallecano last week.
I’m going with three points for Manchester United against Brighton to kick-off what should be a successful reign for Erik ten Hag as manager.