The remainder of the first week of English Premier League matches take place on Sunday 12th August and we take a look at Liverpool’s home game against West Ham and Manchester City’s visit to Arsenal.
Note, odds quoted are an approximate average of what was available at the time of writing but are subject to change.
Liverpool v West Ham
Match Result Betting
Liverpool 1 / 4, Draw 21/4, West Ham 10/1
Liverpool start with a home fixture and they were unbeaten at Anfield in the league last season, winning 12 and drawing 7 as they finished fourth overall. Most bookmakers have Klopp’s side as second favourites in the title race after some eye-catching dealings in the transfer market including the arrivals of Fabinho [Monaco] £39m goalkeeper Alisson [Roma] for a reported £66.8m, Xherdan Shaqiri [Stoke] £13m, and Naby Keita [RB Leipzig] £48m. Emre Can has moved on and some fringe first teamers and youngsters loaned out.
West Ham have turned to Manuel Pellegrini to replace the highly unpopular David Moyes and the new coach has been backed in the transfer market. The new arrivals include Lukasz Fabianski [Swansea] £7m, Issa Diop [Toulouse] £22m, Ryan Fredericks [Fulham] Free, Felipe Anderson [Lazio] Undisclosed, Fabian Balbuena [Corinthians] Undisclosed, Andriy Yarmolenko [Borussia Dortmund] Undisclosed, Jack Wilshere [Arsenal] Free, Lucas Perez [Arsenal] Undisclosed and Carlos Sanchez [Fiorentina] Undisclosed.
The Hammers finished thirteenth last season, winning 3, drawing 6 and losing 10 of their road trips. They didn’t manage to turn over any of the top sides away from home but did take a point from visits to both Spurs and Chelsea.
It’s tough to oppose Liverpool but even with a highly rated keeper arriving at Anfield I fancy West Ham can contribute to the scoring.
Bet: Both teams to score ? (yes) at 17/20
Arsenal v Manchester City
Match Result Betting
Arsenal 3/1, Draw 29/10, Man City 9/10
Unai Emery takes over from Arsene Wenger at Arsenal who finished sixth last season, 12 points off a top 4 spot which means there will be no Champion League football this season. The Gunners did end 2017/18 with the second best home record in the top flight with15 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats. Those 2 defeats came against both Manchester clubs with City coasting to a 3-0 win at the Emirates in March.
New arrivals include Bernd Leno [Bayer Leverkusen] £19.3m, Stephan Lichtsteiner [Juventus] Free, Matteo Guendouzi [Lorient] Undisclosed, Lucas Torreira [Sampdoria] £26m and Sokratis Papastathopoulos [Borussia Dortmund] Undisclosed. Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Lucas Perez are among those to have moved on.
City’s record breaking 2017/18 campaign saw them win the title, clocking up 100 points in the process and scoring 106 goals as they finished 19 points clear of second placed Manchester United. They lost just 2 league games last season, away at Liverpool and at home to Manchester United and they won 16 of 19 road trips. Last week City were 2-0 winners against Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley.
City have recruited Riyad Mahrez from Leicester, Philippe Sandler from PEC Zwolle and Claudio Gomes from PSG for the new campaign. .
City have been pretty quiet in the transfer market but they were so dominant last season it would be a brave call to oppose them. There are some unknown quantities to me among the Arsenal recruits and whilst they still have plenty of attacking talent on their books I feel the visitors have enough to win a high scoring game.
Bet: Matchbet + Total Goals, City win and over 2.5 at 13/10
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