Football: Premier League 2012/13 Opening Games

August 18, 2012
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A quick look at this weekends opening games of the season in the Premier League and what we might expect to find for a betting angle

In all honesty, it doesn’t seem a moment go Aguero was sticking the most unlikely of goals in the back of the QPR net to clinch the most ridiculous of Premier League titles to date. Only a blink away from Reading, Southampton and West Ham making the leap from Championship to top flight English football, the former as Champions, the latter through the Play-0ff lottery. With the Euro’s and the Olympics squeezed in between, it seems the break has been short and the talk about everything but the Premier League. (with the exception of the “will he-wont he” RVP saga, which has thankfully come to a close with a move to Manchester United).

Onto Match Day One then………….

HOME WIN OF THE WEEKEND

My interest starts at Craven Cottage where Fulham can get off to a flyer against Norwich City. The Canaries acquitted themselves admirably last season and did themselves proud. Second season syndrome beckons and Fulham are just the side to begin the struggle that will be the 2012/13 season for Chris Houghton’s side. No one would claim that Houghton has had the easiest of introductions to football management, but sterling work at both Newcastle United and Birmingham City have seen him land, if not a more stable, and difficult job in keeping Norwich up. The Carrow Road outfit have spent some £5m this summer, quietly paying for Richard Snodgrass from Leeds and Micheal Turner from Sunderland, whilst Javier Garrido has been loaned from Lazio to give some extra strength and experience in defence. – Whether Clint Dempsey appears in white on Saturday or not is now uncertain after slapping in a transfer request on Friday. Destination almost certainly Liverpool sometime next week. Whilst Adam Johnson has gone on a free, as has Danny Murphy to Blackburn where he is joined by Danie Etuhu for whom around £2m has exchanged hands. Norwich got only one point from Fulham last year and lost this corresponding fixture by a 2-1 score-line. I’m not sure they will vene get a goal on Saturday as all three points stay at the Cottage.

Fulham home win 17/20 with BetVictor

DRAW OF THE WEEKEND

The match which has got my attention for Draw of the Weekend is the one that will take place between Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspurs. The first thing that strikes me is Newcastle will probably be looking forward to this game far more than Spurs. I am sure that AVB will be more than happy to walk away from St James’s with a point in what is now a tough looking game. Stats are a handy little tool sometimes, and can also be cause for a grumble or two on a Saturday evening. one that sticks out for me is that Newcastle have failed to beat Spurs in the last five meetings, the last twice the games have taken place in the North East they have both ended all square. Saturday ca make a hat trick of draws. I shall be as bold as to predict a score, I think it will be tight, I think it will be entertaining,and I think Cisse is one to watch in the goals market, but keeping it simple, a share of the points is my call.

Newcastle v Spurs DRAW 23/10 generally

AWAY WIN OF THE WEEKEND

Manchester United will not want rivals City stealing a charge as early as the first game of the season as they take on newly promoted Southampton on Sunday afternoon. United will know the outcome of that game before they kick off at Goodison Park against Everton on Monday night, but it would be only the bravest of punters, or the more disillusioned of Southampton fans that would be predicting anything but a win for City at the Etihad. So to keep pace, Alex Ferguson will have to outsmart David Moyes and once again gain all three points against the Toffeemen. Something that a succession of managers have been able to do on premier League opening day over the past few seasons. In the last four years Everton have failed to take a point from their first match. more remarkably, three of those four games have come at home including a 1-6 reverse against Arsenal and last season going down 0-1 to newly promoted Queens Park Rangers. RVP is now a Man Utd player, and with the likes of Rooney, Macheda, Berbatov, Wellbeck or Hernandez to join him in attack, any side that comes up against the Reds this season will have their work cut out to keep a clean sheet. On that basis, Everton will have to score at least once to beat them, or twice to win the game. Utd will be too strong by far.

Everton v Manchester United AWAY WIN 10/11 generally I think is  a great price

TREBLE OF THE WEEK

There will be little in the way of money making available should one be looking at the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City playing home matches to kick off their seasons, with prices in the region of 2/5 and 1/6 available respectively for home wins on Saturday and Sunday, singles will not be getting anyone rich. Around 1.63 for the double still feels short, so how about this? Ignore Chelsea’s first game at Wigan and look to Tuesday when they host Reading at Stamford Bridge, chuck in the 1/4 for the home win there to make up a treble and you’ve got an Evens Shot at Bet365.

Arsenal (Sat),  Manchester City (Sun), Chelsea (Tues) – Home Win Treble and EVENS with Bet365

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One Response to Football: Premier League 2012/13 Opening Games

  1. panmar73 on August 18, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Go Marc! Betwithgouga thanks you a lot

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