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Football Betting Tips: 10th-12th August
by the Cheeky Punter
The long wait is nearly over for Premier League fans. On Friday evening, some 88 days after the final whistle was blown on the last round of top flight English football action, the new 2018/19 Premier League season will get underway.
For the second year running, the new campaign starts with a stand-alone Friday night game, before 12 more teams get their seasons going on Saturday and the final six kick off on Sunday.
For the first time since the inception of a transfer window, all Premier League clubs will have to have done their business before the first weekend, with deadline day coming to a close at 5pm on Thursday.
All of that, then, should make for an exciting first weekend of the new season and we’ve taken a look at a selection of the biggest games to try to pick out a few tips which might also make it a profitable one.
Premier League Tips: Friday 10th August
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Man Utd have been linked with England and Leicester defender Harry Maguire throughout the summer and it could cause friction on the pitch come Friday.
United’s influential CM, Nemanja Matic, is out injured while Leicester will have to cope without Mahrez who moved to Man City for £60m this summer.
Out of a total of 126 games between the sides down the years, Manchester United have won 64 and Leicester 33, with 29 draws.
United have won an impressive 17 of their 26 season-opening games in the Premier League. The Foxes, on the other hand, have won just 2 out of 12.
This year’s Premier League is going to get underway with what could be a really tasty encounter at Old Trafford between two of last season’s top ten. United finished last campaign a distant second to rivals City, whilst Leicester recovered from a poor start to finish ninth.
Over the summer, the Red Devils have added exciting Brazilian Fred to their ranks for £47m, whilst Leicester’s main business was to sell Riyad Mahrez to Man City for £60m. It would be fair to suggest, then, that the Foxes might just have taken a step backwards since last campaign, and that United have strengthened.
Pre-season results – and the incessant moaning of Jose Mourinho – potentially tell a different story, however. Both sides had mixed results in their warm up games, with United winning just one of six and Leicester winning two of their five.
It might, then, be quite a good time for Leicester to head to Old Trafford and it looks likely that the Foxes will score on Friday. United, though, should still run out the victors.
Man Utd to win & both teams to score - £10 returns £37.00
Newcastle fans are unhappy with the signings made of the summer and a recent player revolt over bonuses puts their season in turmoil already.
Nine of Tottenham’s first team squad reached at least the semi-finals of the World Cup and so played no part in any of the team’s pre-season friendlies.
Newcastle and Spurs have played 158 times in total, with Newcastle winning 58, Spurs taking 68 victories and the sides sharing the spoils on 32 occasions.
Neither side excel on the opening day. The Magpies have won seven of 23 season openers and Spurs have been successful on nine out of 25 occasions.
The second Premier League game of the opening weekend is another which pits two of last year’s top ten against one another. The off-season, however, has not been kind to either last year’s third placed team, Spurs, or last year’s tenth place finishers, Newcastle.
Magpies fans and manager Rafa Benitez were hoping for significant investment from the club’s owners this transfer window but have been left a little underwhelmed. Four new arrivals have jetted in to St James’ Park but their total cost was offset by the sale of striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.
The situation at Spurs, meanwhile, has been even more maddening for supporters. At time of writing, just three days from the end of the transfer window, Spurs have not strengthened their squad at all. What’s more, the North Londoners also have nine first teamers who are only just returning from holiday after an elongated World Cup campaign.
Neither side will be awash with confidence ahead of the new campaign, therefore, nor do they boast particularly impressive opening day records as it is. A draw on Saturday, then, looks a fairly safe bet.
Newcastle & Spurs to draw - £10 bet returns £35.00
33 points separated the two sides in 2017/18, with Chelsea finishing fifth and Huddersfield 16th.
Saturday’s game will be new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri’s first Premier League game in charge.
Huddersfield have played Chelsea 66 times in the history of the two clubs. They have won 27 of those encounters, lost 29 and drawn ten.
Chelsea have won an impressive 16 of their 26 prior season-opening games in the Premier League era. Huddersfield won their first and so far only opening Premier League game last season.
Just a handful of months ago Huddersfield guaranteed their Premier League status with a superb 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea. On Saturday, the Yorkshire club will begin their second ever Premier League campaign with a repeat of the same fixture.
Chelsea head to the John Smith’s Stadium with a new man in the dugout, after Antonio Conte was finally replaced by former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri following a protracted saga. Sarri brought midfielder Jorginho with him from Napoli and the Brazilian could well be key to a new style of play for the West Londoners.
Sarri’s Napoli side played excellent football both in Serie A and in the Champions League and Chelsea fans will be hoping for a repeat of that in England. The Terriers, meanwhile, will fancy a repeat of their opening day win from last campaign and are sure to make life difficult for their higher reputation visitors. Chelsea should ultimately take the three points but it would be a surprise if the indomitable home side didn’t at least get on the scoresheet.
Chelsea to win & both teams to score - £10 returns £37.00
Sunday’s match will be the first Arsenal game without Arsene Wenger in charge for 22 years. Former Sevilla boss, Unai Emery, takes the Frenchman’s place in the Arsenal dugout.
During the course of their successful 17/18 campaign, Man City scored a record 106 league goals. Arsenal conceded 51, which was the most of any of the league’s top seven sides.
The two teams have played an extraordinary 194 games in all competitions down the years. Arsenal have won 96, City 53 and 45 have ended drawn.
Both sides have a fairly strong opening day record, with Arsenal winning 14 of their 26 prior season openers and City tasting victory in ten of their 21.
The final game to kick off on the opening weekend is also arguably the best. Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering defending champions head to the Emirates to take on an Arsenal side led by new boss Unai Emery.
Emery has huge boots to fill, stepping in for Arsene Wenger who managed the Gunners for fully 22 years, but will be hoping to usher in a new era of success for the North Londoners. To that end, the former Sevilla man has brought in a number of reinforcements over the summer, including Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira.
Man City, meanwhile, will simply be looking to replicate their performances and the wonderful football they produced in the Premier League last campaign. Riyad Mahrez is the one addition to their squad and will hope to get his fair share of what will surely be hatful’s of goals scored by City once again this year.
The Cheeky Punter is an ex professional online sports bettor and trader with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He has worked for a number of top bookmakers including Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral. He's also written for a number of leading news outlets including the Guardian, i (newspaper) and Soccer Lens. More about him here.