I hope you’re all set for the big kick off to the Premier League season!
There’s a huge range of markets at Betdaq to get your teeth in to. As I said last week I fancy Manchester United to win the title with Manchester City finishing second and Chelsea third.
I’ve got a busy first weekend to look forward to as I’ll be at the Hawthorns for Super Sunday to see Stoke play Chelsea and the champions Manchester United take on West Brom. Then I’m really looking forward to presenting the first Monday Night Football of the season which could see Sergio Aguero make his debut as Manchester City host new boys Swansea.
Surprisingly this will be the first time ever that West Brom have kicked off a Premier League campaign at home. Worryingly for Roy Hodgson and the home side it’s been 22 years since the defending champions lost on the opening weekend (Arsenal lost 4-1 at Old Trafford in Aug 1989) and WBA have yet to win a PL game against Man Utd, taking only two points from a possible 30. West Brom last beat United in the League in the same year that Prince Harry was born and Ghostbusters was a cinema sensation.
They last met on New Year’s Day when Man Utd won 2-1 at the Hawthorns with goals from Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez. Rooney’s header was his first club goal in open play for nine months, while the match was the last of Gary Neville’s 602 appearances for Man Utd. Many believe he should have given away a penalty and been sent off in the match, which I look forward to asking him about on Sunday! I hope you can join us from 1pm on Sky Sports HD1.
For the bet of the weekend I’m going to go against the crowd and back Arsenal to beat Newcastle at 2.17 on Betdaq. Arsenal have been on the drift for days with talk of a crisis at the club but I now think they are a very backable price as I expect them to be far too good for Newcastle, who have all sorts of problems of their own.
The last meeting between these two was the memorable 4-4 draw at St James’ Park on Feb 5th. Newcastle became the first side ever to come from four goals down to earn a point in a PL game. Arsenal have lost just one of the last 11 meetings in all competitions (won 6) and just two of the last 22. Arsenal have scored at least three goals in six of the last seven meetings in all comps – 20 goals in total.
Arsenal are unbeaten in last five visits to St James’ Park in all comps (won two), losing just one of the last 12. They have also scored 11 goals in last three visits to Newcastle in all competitions. I think Arsenal can prove their critics wrong and extend their excellent record against Newcastle.