EPL Gameweek 1
The Premier League is back and it feels like it never ended with the European Championships and Copa America filling the void. It has been the biggest offseason in close to a decade for the EPL as the big English clubs have been able to attract some of the biggest names in world football. In the last decade we saw names like Ronaldo, Bale and Suarez make their way to La Liga but the EPL has finally bitten back and it all comes on the back of manager movement.
Guardiola to Man City, Mourinho to Man Utd and Conte to Chelsea show the intent of the big clubs to regain control at the top of the league following Leicesters fairy tale run to the title. The defending premiers have been able to hold on the Vardy and Mahrez for now but the transfer window is still open. On the topic of transfers, Mourinho has been given an open book at Old Trafford and sure hasn’t been shy in spending. It started with Ibrahimovic and continued with Pogba for a world record £93.2 million.
Last season was an absolute fillup for The Wolf as he turned profit with his best bets and value bets. His value bets tracked at a remarkable 124% POI for the season and he promises to go bigger and better for his followers in 2016/17.
Feature EPL Match Previews
Hull v Leicester – (Sat 9:30pm)
The start of a new season generally means the start of a new page in a new book. for Leicester though that is definitely not the case. What we saw last season will NEVER be repeated and we must appreciate just how special the Foxes run was. They have somehow been able to keep Mahrez for the meantime while Vardy has pledged his allegiance with the club. Kante was the only key figure to depart but the most important of them all. Mahreaz and Vary may put the finishing touches on but it was Kante’s effortless work in midfield and ability to shut teams down on the counter which allowed Leicester to play the style they did. Ahmed Musa will add more speed and explosiveness to their attack and they will again possess a free flowing attack. Their backline is experience but ageing with Morgan, Huth, Wasilewski and Fuchs all in their 30’s. Hull have come up straight after being relegated and were able to keep key figures like Huddlestone, Livermore, Snodgrass and El Mohamady along the way – all players with plenty of Premier League experience. The EPL champions have never lost in the season opener (19 wins and 4 draws) and that won’t change this season. The Foxes will have a little too much fire power for the Tigers.
Best: Leicester WIN ($2.00)
Value: Over 2.5 goals ($2.30)
Everton v Tottenham – (Sat Midnight)
The pre season for of both teams has been nothing ride home about. Everton has failed to win any of their last 4 and have failed to score in over 180 minutes of football. For Spurs it has been a very similar story with losses in 4 of their last 5 friendlies, albeit against tough oppositions including Juventus and Atletico Madrid. Everton were also dealt a huge blow with Stones moving to Man City but it really came as no surprise. It has been 8 meetings since the Toffees defeated Spurs and the absence of Williams and Coleman will not help. The first 6 weeks will be crucial for Spurs if they are to replicate last season. Unlike Chelsea and both Manchester clubs they have a settled squad. They will get off to a quick start this season and it will start at Goodison Park.
Best: Tottenham WIN ($2.35)
Value: HT/FT – Draw/Tottenham ($6.00)
Man City v Sunderland – (Sat 02:30am)
Pep Guardiola wasted no time once he got to Manchester and strengthened the spine of the team by adding a key player in each key position. The Wolf says John Stones in the best English defender as says he is a significant addition to the squad. Gundogan is sure to strike up a unique partnership with De Bruyne and Silva in the middle of the park and Nolito adds to their depth up front that already includes Aguero and Bony. On the other side of the spectrum Sunderland have done very little in the market for a club that had to fight tooth and nail to survive. McNair an Love join them from cross town rivals Man Utd but will add less than is required to ensure safety and EPL football in the seasons to come. City have won the last 5 encounters between the two sides and Guardiola will be keen to get off to a winning start. His sides have won the opening match in each of the last 6 seasons and it will be lucky 7 against a Sunderland side that is destined for relegation.
Best: Man City -1 ($1.60)
Value: Team Totals Man City Over 3,5 goals ($3.60)
Arsenal v Liverpool – (Mon 1:00am)
Contenders or pretenders… both teams start the season sitting on the fence. The criticism of Venger’s failure to bolster his strike-force has again left fans disgruntled. Liverpool on the other hand had their first full off season with Klopp but they still look like a work in progress. They broke the shackles with a mouthwatering display against Barcelona and the 4-0 win will give them plenty of confidence. They do however have a terrible record against Arsenal. Liverpool have won just one of their last 20 away fixtures against the Gunners in all competitions while Arsenal look to continue with their opening game of the season exploits. The Gunners have lost just 2 of their last 15 season openers! The Reds will play a very different style this season and The Wolf expects them to press high up the pitch and break on the counter. This one should be a thriller and with 5 of the last 6 meetings producing at least 3 goals there could be a handful in this one.
Best: Over 2.5 goals ($1.90)
Value: Over 3.5 goals ($3.40)