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14.8. PREMIER LEAGUE OPENING ROUND: PREVIEWS AND BETTING

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The Premier League's opening round continues on Sunday with two matches. The two games are extremely interesting, as Manchester United who have made several significant additions to their squad are away at Bournemouth, while Arsenal have visitors from Liverpool.

13:30 BOURNEMOUTH - MANCHESTER UNITED

The most active team in the summer transfer market, Manchester United are coming into the season with a vastly changed roster of players. New manager Jose Mourinho has splashed over £150 million of the club's money this summer. Out of the new additions Zlatan Ibrahimovic and defender Eric Bailly shone in the Community Shield against Leicester last weekend, as Zlatan scored the winning goal while Bailly was named man of the match.

New club record signing Paul Pogba is suspended for the trip to Bournemouth, but Zlatan, Bailly and the third "super-signing" of the summer, Henrikh Mkhitaryan are all available. Defender Chris Smalling is also absent due to a suspension that dates back to last season.

Despite United's strength, Bournemouth shouldn't be underestimated. Their number one striker Callum Wilson missed most of last season due to a knee injury, but still managed to grab 5 goals in just 13 games. Now Wilson is 100%- fit and ready to cause trouble near United's goal. Bournemouth's club record signing Jordon Ibe is also worth keeping an eye out for, as Eddie Howe has big plans for him in the season to come. 

Naturally, United are huge favourites for the win on Sunday, but a new manager and a rejuvenated squad could mean a slow start to the season for the red half of Manchester. It might take the squad a while to gel and get used to Mourinho's tactics. Bournemouth managed to grab a win at home against United last season, but otherwise their home form left a lot of questions asked. Now with their new signings they will be an even bigger thorn in the sides of superior opponents.

BETTING ODDS:

Bet Bournemouth X Manchester United
1x2 15/4 Bet365 27/10 Betsson 46/50 Betsson
Handicap Bourn. +1: 19/20 Bet365   ManU -1: 47/20 LeoVegas
Over/under 2.5 goals Under 2.5: 77/100 Betsson   Over 2.5: 11/10 LeoVegas

 

16:00 ARSENAL - LIVERPOOL

There hasn't been a season for Arsenal without mention of an injury crisis. This season Arsenal have really outdone themselves, as Arsene Wenger is without a lot of key players before the season has even started.  The problems have amounted especially in defence, as Laurent Koscielny has only recently returned to training, while both Per Mertesacker and Gabriel are out for long spells.

Liverpool's preparations for the season have gone much better. They have also fared well in their preseason fixtures, with the highlight being the 4-0 drubbing of the mighty Barcelona. Meanwhile, Arsenal haven't lost at all in preseason, but their opponents have all been a class or two below. 

Both meetings between the sides last season finished as draws. Liverpool are coming into the season much better prepared, as Jürgen Klopp has had all summer to mold his team like he wants. However, Arsenal's home advantage evens things up and there isn't much between the sides going into the match.

The bookies have made Arsenal the slight favourites for the win. 'Pool will most likely to use their high pressing style to pressure Arsenal's defenders, which will lead to an entertaining match. A 0-0 draw is very unlikely and goals can be expected.

BETTING ODDS:

Bet: Arsenal X Liverpool
1x2 71/50 LeoVegas 51/20 LeoVegas 21/10 Unibet
Handicap Arsenal -1: 7/2 LeoVegas   Liverpool +1: 57/100 Bet365
Over/under 2.5 goals Under 2.5: 21/20 Unibet   Over 2.5 17/20 Unibet

 

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