Degsy is back and he has some Premier League betting tips (and life advice) for you…
Fulham v Arsenal
Ahoy hoi. Power to the people (does the worm) back once again for the renegade master. The most flamboyant betting tipster in the land has survived lockdown and is back with the old weekend selections. What a mad f**king few months that was by the way? Pubs and bookies closed. Go to work. Don’t go to work. Claps for the NHS. Arses out for the binmen. Liverpool winning the Premier League. Trust me. We’ve not seen a year like it people. But we go again with the 2020/21 season and it all kicks off at Craven Cottage.
The Gunners finished eighth last season but that FA Cup success has kept the job right for Mikel Arteta. The progress made during Arteta’s first eight months at the helm cannot be over-stated. He looks the real deal as a manager. Good enough to get them into the top four and back into the Champions League? We shall see. Bringing in Willian could well prove a masterstroke. His versatility and flowing movement in the final third can only help an attack that was too reliant on Mr Aubameyang last season. Auba is going to be a threat here. Sixteen of his 22 goals last season were scored against teams who finished in the bottom half of the Premier League. Fulham are the bookies favourites to go straight back down but the draw at 16/5 does not look the worst bet in the world.
Betting: Fulham and Arsenal to draw at 16/5 (Paddy Power)
Crystal Palace v Southampton
Southampton are unbeaten in their last five top-flight matches on the road and won this very fixture pretty handily back in January as they cruised to a 2-0 win. Stuart Armstrong is the only injury worry for the Saints so Ralph Hasenhuttl and the boys look worth a punt here at odds against to topple a Palace side who have never won a Premier League game at home on the opening day of the season.
Betting: Southampton to win at 7/5 (Paddy Power)
Liverpool v Leeds United
So what’s more baffling? Boris blaming ‘young people’ for rises in COVID-19 cases just weeks after telling people to go out to pubs and restaurants to boost the economy? Or Manchester City starting this season as odds-on favourites across to board to win the league title (ahead of Liverpool) with the chaps in camel coats?
Liverpool were staggeringly good last season. Spectacular and splendacious and yet they are still 2/1 or bigger with most bookies to retain their title this season. They kick off against Leeds United, Championship winners a few short months ago who are now finally, finally back in the big time. Jurgen Klopp vs Marcelo Bielsa this weekend is truly a meeting of beautiful minds. I fancy Liverpool to get the job done but Leeds to put down their own marker and show that they are not here this season just to make up the numbers.
Betting: Liverpool to win & both teams to score at 6/4 (Paddy Power)
West Ham v Newcastle United
Remember that part of the summer when Newcastle looked like morphing into the most powerful team in world football? When there was real talk on Twitter of Neymar moving to Tyneside and fans were dreaming of him and Edison Cavani strolling into a Greggs in Benwell to order a Steak Bake and Mexican Chicken Oval Bite apiece?
Alas it didn’t work out but they have done some decent business over the past week or so. New striker Callum Wilson is an 11/2 poke to score first in East London but I prefer the 8/1 Paddy Power are offering about newly crowned Czech Footballer of the Year Tomas Soucek to notch first. The boy Soucek oozes class and looks a big price to start his Hammers season with a bang.
Betting: Soucek to score first at 8/1 (Paddy Power)
West Brom v Leicester City
The Foxes are after a fifth successive victory at The Hawthorns and are a shade under odds on to get it. That said, if wincing after watching an 10/11 shot get beat gave you abs, then I’d have a f**king six pack with all the heartache I’ve suffered down the years. Let’s instead go with a revved-up Jamie Vardy to get straight back amongst the onion bag action.
Betting: Vardy to score 2+ goals at 11/2 (Paddy Power)
Tottenham v Everton
England star Harry Kane has scored nine goals in his last nine Premier League appearances against Everton. How do you like them apples? Anything over 3/1 about ‘The HurriKane’ should be gobbled up. Them’s the facts.
Betting: Kane to score first at 100/30 (Paddy Power)
Sheffield United v Wolves
The wily Nuno Espirito Santo will be eager for Wolves to build on a hugely positive 2019/20 campaign but in truth they face a naughty start here against The Blades, who were brilliant themselves last season. It is easy to forget that 2019/20 was only Wolves’ second season back in the Premier League, but in that time they have confidently established themselves as a progressive, ball-playing top 10 PL side. Young Portuguese wonder Fabio Silva has come in for big dough and if he settles well they should push on yet further this season. I just don’t see Sheffield United being able to emulate their amazing effort of last season and am turned on by Wolves at 13/10 way more than I should be here.
Betting: Wolves to win at 13/10 (Paddy Power)
Brighton v Chelsea
They’ve bought big and are third favourites for the title after a flood of recent money. Can Chelsea’s porous defence be trusted though? The Blues conceded more goals than any of the other top 10 teams in the Premier League last season. I won’t lie. I smell goals, people.
The smell of multiple goals is wafting deep in my nostrils. Like an eggy fart on a school bus.
Betting: Over 3.5 goals at 15/8 (Paddy Power)
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