Fri, Aug 11, 3:12pm by Staff Writer
The English Premier League kicks off its new season this weekend with Chelsea is set to open its title defence with a football master class and Australian fans closely watching Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy make his Premier League debut.
Chelsea will need to fend off the likes of Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United in what is shaping as a hotly contested season, while Arsenal will be keen to at least return to the Champions League having missed out last term.
First up for the Blues is a lopsided home match against Burnley, with William Hill paying just $1.25 for a win and a whopping $11 for a loss with $6 for a draw. Chelsea is second favourite behind Manchester City to retain the EPL title, paying $4.50 to City’s $2.80.
Mooy’s newly promoted Huddersfield are heavily tipped to return to the second-tier Championship at the end of this season, but in the meantime the Socceroo plans to make the most of his time in the EPL.
“It’s an important year for me and I just want to make the most of it,” Mooy said this week.
“It’s obviously going to be a step up from last year but we’re working hard on our game and we’re going to make sure we have no regrets.”
EPL early favourites Manchester City have benefited from some big spending in the offseason, bringing on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo.
Pep Guardiola’s side faded after a strong start last year, but tipsters think the added depth will see the new-look lineup through a tough season.
Also figuring in early betting is Manchester United, which has brought in prolific Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku to add some extra firepower in front of goal.
United impressed late in the last season to earn a Champions League berth and is paying $4.50 to take the EPL title this year.
An extremely attractive early bet for the title is Tottenham, which finished a close second to Chelsea last season.
Spurs have disappointed fans by making no major additions to their squad in the offseason, but can by no means be written off as contenders, especially at $11 to win the EPL.
The EPL season gets underway with last season’s big disappointment Arsenal looking for redemption against Leicester.
Arsenal showed glimmers of a return to its once dominant form by beating Chelsea on penalties in the preseason Charity Shield, but it would be a brave punter to take the $12 on offer for the Gunners to take the title.
Suggested Bet: Huddersfield to draw with Palace: $3.40
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