The first big match of the Premier League season takes place tomorrow evening when Manchester United and Chelsea meet (even if United boss David Moyes can’t believe the fixture computer dared to throw this one up so early in the new campaign).
So, we’ll scour the major betting sites looking for the best bets ahead of tomorrow evening’s clash at Old Trafford.
1. Danny Welbeck to score first
Welbeck scored just twice in the league last term and he managed that same feat in the very first game of this season against Swansea. Back him at 15/2 to open the scoring against Chelsea tomorrow. Paddy Power is offering money back on all first goalscorer bets if Robin Van Persie scores at any point during the game, so we’ve opted to back a slight outsider.
2. Chelsea to win
In truth, this one is too difficult to call. But with Chelsea 2/1 to win with most bookies, that’s where the decent money is if you’re betting on result. The Blues won the last league meeting between the teams at Old Trafford. And after their summer spending, there’s no reason why they couldn’t pull off another win.
3. Over 2.5 goals
The last two meetings between the teams in all competitions have ended 1-0. But before that, this fixture has presented plenty of goals. Think 2-2, 2-3 and 4-5. You’ll get odds of around 5/6 on another goal-fest.
4. Manchester United to win by one goal
As you will have noticed from the list of results we just reeled off and the aforementioned one-nils, there is rarely much to choose between these two teams. If you have backed Chelsea to win the game, you could hedge your bet with a flutter on the champions to nick it by a single goal. You will get odds of around 7/2 on that.
5. Robin Van Persie to score a hat-trick
The Dutchman’s goals fired United to the title last season and he looked in excellent nick against Swansea last weekend. We’ve predicted goals in this match, so RVP is the most likely man to provide the bulk of them. You can get odds of 18/1 on him bagging a hat-trick against the Blues.