After the new Premier League 2018/19 season officially kicked off last weekend, Best Free Bet Scout looks back at a the key games and the Premier League best outright bets for the championship.
Man City remain the team to beat
Pep Guardiola has continued to strengthen his side this summer with the addition of record signing Riyad Mahrez (60m). Also with the return of left back Benjamin Mendy from injury, this weekend the Sky Blues showed that they will keep going from strength to strength this season.
After their dominant display away to Arsenal this weekend they will be confident they can continue to control games considering the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva are still to return to central midfield after a delayed return following their World cup international duties.
City had the lion’s share of possession at the Emirates on Sunday, with Riyad Mahrez continuously causing trouble for young Ainsley Maitland-Niles, providing cover at left back. The new record signing showed attacking threat and linked up well with the front line, creating multiple goalscoring chances in the first half.
After a torrent of criticism from his World Cup performances for England, Raheem Sterling started the game well, cutting in from the left. He was soon rewarded with an early goal taking a fantastic strike from the edge of the box.
Sterling’s performance only cemented the fact that Man City have great strength and depth in their squad this season. Guardiola is continuing to prove he’s able to get the best out of their perceived weaknesses, turning them into their strengths.
There was nothing from City’s performance against Arsenal on Sunday to suggest they won’t continue to be the punters’ choice for the Premier League best outright bet.
Liverpool are title contenders
Liverpool continued to show they are an attacking threat under Klopp, and you would be hard-pressed to find a team better prepared to push the Sky Blues all the way this season.
Mo Salah followed up his World Cup scoring trend with an early first half goal, going a long way to prove wrong many of his critics who questioned whether he’d be another a one-season wonder.
Liverpool looked emphatic in West Ham’s half throughout Sunday’s game, creating 18 goalscoring chances.
Sadio Mane added to his pre-season score tally with a brace, stressing that Liverpool don’t need to rely on Salah as their only goal threat.
Klopp’s side also looked well-organised defensively and they will be looking to improve on last season’s goals conceded tally. James Milner and new signing Nabi Keita (£48m) put in convincing performances in midfield, controlling play and creating chances for the front three.
With new signing Fabinho (£39) still to be introduced, Klopp will be pleased with his team’s performance and confident that they can push Man City all the way this time out. If Liverpool can continue to improve on their defensive stability, they’d be a good outside chance and second best Premier League outright bet.
United showing no signs of progress
Despite a promising start to the opening fixture of the Premier League season, Man Utd showed little in the way of convincing fans they can compete for the championship.
Jose Mourinho’s team soon sat back and defended their slim lead, as his teams often do. Aside from a commanding performance from a confident Paul Pogba, returning from winning the world cup with France, United’s individual talents failed to come together to put in a convincing display.
Only eight chances were created and despite playing in front of a home crowd, their opponents Leicester saw a greater share of possession.
Alexis Sanchez again worked tirelessly but failed to get a grip of the game, losing possession on multiple occasions.
If United are to keep up with the likes of Liverpool and their Manchester rivals, they’re going to need to allow their creative attacking players to shine more brightly this season. New hope from the two promising new managers at Chelsea and Arsenal, and the continuing strength of Spurs, Man United fans could be in for a bumpy ride this season and find themselves falling outside the top four.
*All odds correct at 20:00 Tuesday 14 August 2018.