English Premier League Week 1 Fixtures Featuring Manchester United vs Tottenham

  • Thursday, August 6th, 2015

    By  Ej Garr


    Soccer Betting: It is time once again to begin our European League previews here at BetDSI, and Barclay's Premier League is the first of the 'Big Four' campaigns to kick off the 2015-16 year. Three new arrivals made their way to top flight from the Championship Division to end last season. Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich will now be featured in Premier League this season after earning promotion.

    As is the case with any new campaign in any sport in the world, many changes from the season before come in to play. Also, Premier League always has many high-profile players coming and going, and this off-season was no different. We will do our best to fill you in on the player movements within each match preview. The fans and media will argue as to who made the best moves and what advantage it gives them towards the new campaign, but as we know, cream always rises to the top and, in the end, the best club will win the title.

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    The battle will likely be amongst five clubs and, according to the line setters, Chelsea is once again favored to take the Premier League title.

    Here are the props for the top-five clubs to win the league:

    Chelsea +160

    Manchester City +275

    Arsenal +400

    Manchester United +500

    Liverpool +2,800

    The lines offered outside of those five clubs are not even worth posting, because there is little to no chance that a club outside of those five will win the league, short of a minor miracle.

    Our featured match for opening weekend comes at Old Trafford with Manchester United hosting Tottenham. For those of you wondering where Tottenham fell in the listing of the lines to win the title, they are +10,000 and listed in sixth behind those five mentioned clubs.

    Let's get to the matches on deck this weekend, and welcome our viewers to another season in Europe here at Diamond Sportsbook.

    Note: Within each preview, we will list the player movements with the club that the player either came from or is going to in parentheses. If no club is listed, the player was either released, retired or has no club as of yet.

    Saturday, August 8- 6 Matches

    Featured Match Manchester United vs Tottenham

    3-Way 1x2 Lines:

    Man U -160

    Tottenham +485

    Draw +300


    Man U -1 +100

    Tottenham +1 -120

    Total 2.5:

    Over -115

    Under -105

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    Analysis and Prediction:

    Man U:


    Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven)

    Matteo Darmian (Torino)

    Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)

    Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton)

    Sergio Romero (Sampdoria)


    Tom Cleverley (Everton)

    Ben Amos (Bolton Wanderers)

    Tom Thorpe

    Saidy Janko (Celtic)

    Nani (Fenerbahce)

    Will Keane (Preston North End)

    Robin van Persie (Fenerbahce)

    Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint Germain)



    Kevin Wimmer (Cologne)

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley)

    Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid)


    Jordan Archer

    Cristian Ceballos

    Bongani Khumalo

    Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande)

    Lewis Holtby (Hamburg)

    Etienne Capoue (Watford)

    Younes Kaboul (Sunderland)

    Benjamin Stambouli (Paris Saint Germain)

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    Last campaign, Man U took the series with a 3 - 0 win at Old Trafford and a scoreless draw at White Hart Lane, earning four points from the two meetings.

    The losses of Robin van Persie and Angel Di Maria are significant, but the addition of Bastian Schweinsteiger was the talk of the off-season.

    Tottenham's pre-season schedule also included a match against the MLS All-Stars, in which they lost 2 - 1 but Harry Kane certainly did not disappoint. He had three great scoring opportunities and converted on one of them with a blast from 25 yards out that got by Real Salt Lake keeper Nick Rimando, after Rimando came up with two huge saves previous on the super star.

    We expect these two clubs to come out firing early and often, and our first suggestion of the year is coming in the form of the total.

    The Over 2.5 at a mere -115 makes our board at Old Trafford, despite the fact that Tottenham did not score in either match against Man U last season.

    Bournemouth vs Aston VIlla

    3-Way: 1: Bournemouth +100 Home ; X: +245 Draw ; 2: Aston VIlla +300 Away

    Spread: Bournemouth -0.5 +100 ; Aston VIlla +0.5 -120

    Total 2.5: Over +105 ; Under -125

    Analysis and Prediction:



    Artur Boruc (Southampton)

    Adam Federici (Reading)

    Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers)

    Christian Atsu (Chelsea)

    Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town)

    Sylvain Distin (Everton)

    Max Gradel* (Saint Etienne)

    Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough)


    Ian Harte

    Josh McQuoid

    Darryl Flavahan

    Mohamed Coulibaly

    Joe Partington

    Miles Addison

    Ryan Fraser (Ipswich Town)

    Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town)

    Jayden Stockley (Portsmouth)

    Aston Villa

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    Scott Sinclair (Manchester City)

    Micah Richards (Manchester City)

    Mark Bunn (Norwich City)

    Idrissa Gueye (Lille)

    Jordan Amavi (Nice)

    Jordan Ayew (Lorient)

    Jose Angel Crespo (Cordoba)

    Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers)

    Jordan Veretout (Nantes)


    Darren Bent (Derby County)

    Enda Stevens (Portsmouth)

    Andreas Weimann (Derby County)

    Matt Lowton (Burnley)

    Yacouba Sylla (Rennes)

    Antonio Luna (SD Eibar)

    Shay Given (Stoke City)

    Fabian Delph (Manchester City)

    Christian Benteke (Liverpool)

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    The two teams met in the FA Cup in January, with Aston Villa earning a 2 - 1 home win.

    Both clubs made a substantial amount of moves headed to the new campaign, as Aston Villa barely survived the 2014-15 season finishing one position above the final relegation position, and Bournemouth is making their first ever appearance in top flight in their 95 years of existence.

    Bournemouth took the 2014-15 Championship Division title, while scoring 98 goals and only allowing 45, finishing one point ahead of Watford to earn promotion.

    Hosting their first match at this level will likely see Dean Court maxed out at capacity, although they do have one of the smaller stadiums in Premier League with 11,700 seats. There is a likelihood that their grounds will be upgraded, after Chairman Jeff Mostyn was reportedly quoted as saying that they would rather redevelop the area instead of moving to another venue.

    Even though Bournemouth had plenty of success scoring in second tier, a match with Aston Villa will likely not be as easy to find the net, as neither side is likely going to end this season among the scoring leaders. We are suggesting this Under 2.5 at -125, knowing why the line setters put the juice on the underside of the action.

    Everton vs Watford

    3-Way: 1: Everton -145 Home ; X: +285 Draw ; 2: Watford +425 Away

    Spread: Everton -1 +125 ; Watford +1 -145

    Total 2.5: Over -120 ; Under +100

    Analysis and Prediction:



    Tom Cleverley (Manchester United)

    Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona)


    Antolin Alcaraz

    Sylvain Distin (AFC Bournemouth)


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    Sebastian Prodl (Werder Bremen)

    Giedrius Arlauskis (Steaua Bucharest)

    Jose Holebas (AS Roma)

    Matej Vydra (Udinese)

    Etienne Capoue (Tottenham)

    Valon Behrami (Hamburg)

    Allan Nyom (Granada)

    Miguel Britos (Napoli)

    Jose Manuel Jurado (Spartak Moscow)

    Steven Berghuis (AZ Alkmaar)


    Jonathan Bond (Reading)

    Lewis McGugan (Sheffield)

    Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough)

    Watford did a fantastic job of luring in some big names around Europe, which is a little easier to do when you are in top flight football in England. Their second place finish in the Championship Division earned them their first season at this level since the 2006-07 campaign, although they finished at the bottom of the table and were sent down in only one season.

    Everton basically brought in Tom Cleverley and is happy with the club they have entering the campaign, despite a poor finish to last season which saw them finish in the middle of the table.

    There are no user-friendly lines to take advantage of here, as the -145 on the home side and the -145 on the +1 handicap with Watford simply do not hold enough value to recommend a play on either offer.

    We have to go with the total in that case, and the Under 2.5 at +100 comes in as our suggestion.

    In the history of the clubs, Everton is a perfect 5 - 0 against Watford, although the two have not met since that mentioned 2006-07 season when Watford was last in Premier League.

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    Leicester vs Sunderland

    3-Way: 1: Leicester -110 Home ; X: +245 Draw ; 2: Sunderland +333 Away

    Spread: Leicester -0.5 -110 ; Sunderland +0.5 -110

    Total 2.5: Over +125 ; Under -145

    Analysis and Prediction:


    New Manager

    Claudio Ranieri


    Christian Fuchs (Schalke)

    Robert Huth (Stoke City)

    Shinji Okazaki (Mainz)

    N'Golo Kante (Caen)

    Yohan Benalouane (Atalanta)


    Chris Wood (Leeds United)

    Esteban Cambiasso


    New Manager

    Dick Advocaat

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    Sebastian Coates (Liverpool)

    Adam Matthews (Celtic)

    Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kyiv)

    Younes Kaboul (Tottenham)

    Yann M'Vila (Rubin Kazan)


    El-Hadji Ba (Charlton)

    Santiago Vergini (Getafe)

    Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace)

    Both clubs bring in new managers for the 2015-16 campaign and, as you may recall, these two were in a battle to avoid relegation for most of last season.

    We could write a book on both Claudio Ranieri's and Dick Advocaat's accomplishments, as the two are certainly no-nonsense, old-school managers who know how to get their players to perform.

    Neither club scored a single goal in their two meetings a year ago, as the two played to two scoreless games on each other's grounds.

    The line setters are expecting more of the same, slapping a -145 on the Under 2.5, so that takes that play out of the mix.

    We are going to suggest the Sunderland +0.5 at -110, because anything similar to last season will cash that ticket. We also expect a low-scoring, draw type of match, so the handicap line on the away side is the play we offer in this one.

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    Norwich City vs Crystal Palace

    3-Way: 1: Norwich +155 Home ; X: +235 Draw ; 2: C. Palace +185 Away

    Spread: Norwich Pk -125 ; C. Palace Pk +105

    Total 2.5: Over +125 ; Under -145

    Analysis and Prediction:



    Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich)

    Youssouf Mulumbu (West Bromwich)

    Robbie Brady (Hull City)

    Andre Wisdom (Liverpool)


    Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town)

    Mark Bunn (Aston Villa)

    Crystal Palace


    Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint Germain)

    Patrick Bamford (Chelsea)

    Connor Wickham (Sunderland)

    Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton)


    Lewis Price

    Owen Garvan

    Peter Ramage

    Stephen Dobbie

    Jerome Thomas

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    Norwich City did not make too many moves entering the new campaign, as Alex Neil took over last season mid-campaign for the departed Neil Adams, who only spent one season as a manager, despite signing a three-year deal to coach the club.

    The Canaries get to host their first match a Carrow Road in top flight since the 2013-14 campaign, when they were relegated back to Championship status. They quickly earned their way back to top flight after only one season down in second tier, after a 2 - 0 playoff win over Middlesbrough earned them a promotion.

    Crystal Palace was among the best away clubs in Premier League a year ago, earning 27 of their 48 points on the road.

    We are going to go against the grain here and expect a 2 - 1 win that will point us to the total to go Over at +125. Call it a hunch, but we expect these two have some success finding the net, so the play goes in the books with a lovely line attached to it.

    Chelsea vs Swansea City

    3-Way: 1: Chelsea -270 Home ; X: +375 Draw ; 2: Swansea +900 Away

    Spread: Chelsea -1.5 +115 ; Swansea +1.5 -135

    Total 2.5: Over -125 ; Under +105

    Analysis and Prediction:



    Nathan (Atletico Paranaense)

    Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco/Man U)

    Asmir Begovic (Stoke City)

    Danilo Pantic (Partizan Belgrade)


    Christian Atsu (AFC Bournemouth)

    Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact)

    Gael Kakuta (Sevilla)

    Petr Cech (Arsenal)

    Mario Pasalic (AS Monaco)

    Josh McEachran (Brentford)

    Izzy Brown (Vitesse Arnhem)

    Lewis Baker (Vitesse Arnhem)

    Marco van Ginkel (Stoke City)

    Tomas Kalas (Middlesbrough)

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    Patrick Bamford (Crystal Palace)

    Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid)

    Danilo Pantic (Vitesse)

    Dominic Solanke (Vitesse)



    Andre Ayew (Marseille)

    Franck Tabanou (St Etienne)

    Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Heerenveen)

    Eder (Braga)


    Alan Tate

    Gerhard Tremmel

    David Cornell

    Jazz Richards (Fulham)

    We all know that Jose Mourinho can win with any club and in any nation, and he has proven that he can take whatever talent he has and produce titles.

    Coming off a hugely successful 2014-15 campaign that led to both Premier League and English Cup trophies, Mourinho felt confident enough to let Petr Cech and Didier Drogba move on to other clubs. Cech is, of course, now with rival Arsenal, and Drogba made the move to MLS this past week to join the Montreal Impact, and was greeted rather nicely when he arrived at the Montreal airport.

    Swansea City has never beaten Chelsea in league play, although they did knock Chelsea out of the Cup in 2013 on a 2 - 0 aggregate. Chelsea is 6 - 0 - 2 in eight league matches since the 2011 campaign against Swansea. Last year. Chelsea outscored Swansea 9 - 2 in their two encounters.

    Mourinho took a chance on Radamel Falcao, who we all know struggled mightily with Manchester United a year ago.

    We are going to take a little chance on the +1.5 handicap with Swansea here at -135, as the losses of Petr Cech and Drogba will affect the club, and Swansea has plenty to prove this season after coming up just short in their quest for European competitions a year ago. Had they not finished the campaign with two losses as they did, they could have earned a spot in Europa League.

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    Sunday, August 9- 3 Matches

    Arsenal vs West Ham

    3-Way: 1: Arsenal -355 Home ; X: +485 Draw ; 2: West Ham +1010 Away

    Spread: Arsenal -1.5 -135 ; West Ham +1.5 +115

    Total 3: Over -105 ; Under -115

    Analysis and Prediction:



    Petr Cech (Chelsea)


    Ryo Miyaichi (St Pauli)

    Semi Ajayi (Cardiff City)

    Abou Diaby (Marseille)

    Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Ipswich Town)

    Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray)

    Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United)

    Wojciech Szczesny (AS Roma)

    Chuba Akpom (Hull City)

    West Ham

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    Darren Randolph (Birmingham City)

    Pedro Obiang (Sampdoria)

    Dimitri Payet (Marseille)

    Angelo Ogbonna (Juventus)

    Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal)

    Manuel Lanzini (Al-Jazira)

    George Dobson (Arsenal)


    Dan Potts (Luton Town)

    Carlton Cole

    Guy Demel

    Jussi Jaaskelainen


    Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough)

    Arsenal brought in Petr Cech. That sums that up, and it is the only move they really made in the off-season, which is a significant one since we know that he came from fellow Londoners, Chelsea.

    West Ham actually did a nice job in the off-season, bringing in some veteran names who want to remind people that they are still going to make an impact wherever they go.

    Pedro Obiang is a nice signing from the Italian side Sampdoria, after spending the last five seasons in Serie A, and Dimitri Payet brings nine years of experience in France to the English pitch this season as well.

    Again we will offer the +1.5 handicap on the away side at +115, as West Ham should be able to hang around with Arsenal, even if the match is being played at Emirates Stadium in downtown London.

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    Newcastle vs Southampton

    3-Way: 1: Newcastle +180 Home ; X: +225 Draw ; 2: Southampton +170 Away

    Spread: Newcastle Pk -105 ; Southampton Pk -115

    Total 2.5: Over +125 ; Under -145

    Analysis and Prediction:


    New Manager

    Steve McClaren


    Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven)

    Aleksandar Mitrovic (Anderlecht)

    Chancel Mbemba (Anderlecht)

    Ivan Toney (Northampton Town)


    Jonas Gutierrez

    Ryan Taylor

    Adam Campbell

    Remie Streete

    Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City)

    Adam Armstrong (Coventry City)

    Freddie Woodman (Crawley Town)


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    Juanmi (Malaga)

    Cedric Soares (Sporting CP)

    Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham)

    Cuco Martina (FC Twente)

    Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord)

    Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers)


    Artur Boruc (AFC Bournemouth)

    Jos Hooiveld

    Cody Cropper

    Omar Rowe

    Jake Sinclair

    Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool)

    Dani Osvaldo

    Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United)

    Sam Gallagher (Milton Keynes Dons)

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    Newcastle brings in Steve McClaren this season with his 20 years of coaching experience on the heels of his last three years with Derby County. He went 51 - 22 - 21 in 94 games with Derby, and replaces John Carver, who came in halfway through the 2014-15 campaign.

    Southampton has been playing some big clubs and has done extremely well in their pre-season and Europa League campaign so far.

    When the lines came out and we saw a -115 on the Pk Draw no bet action with Southampton, there was no way that we were going to let that go by without tossing it in the mix for a recommendation this weekend.

    That is the play we suggest, and if you have caught any of Southampton's pre-season matches, you can imagine why we couldn't wait to get this one on the board.

    Stoke City vs Liverpool

    3-Way: 1: Stoke +235 Home ; X: +245 Draw ; 2: Liverpool +120 Away

    Spread: Stoke Pk +145 ; Liverpool Pk -170

    Total 2.5: Over +115 ; Under -135

    Analysis and Prediction:



    Jakob Haugaard (Midtylland)

    Philipp Wollscheid (Bayer Leverkusen)

    Joselu (Hannover 96)

    Marco van Ginkel (Chelsea)

    Shay Given (Aston Villa)

    Glen Johnson (Liverpool)

    Ibrahim Afellay (Barcelona)

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    Thomas Sorensen

    Wilson Palacios

    Andy Wilkinson

    Steven Nzonzi (Sevilla)

    Asmir Begovic (Chelsea)



    James Milner (Manchester City)

    Danny Ings (Burnley)

    Adam Bogdan (Bolton Wanderers)

    Joe Gomez (Charlton Athletic)

    Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim)

    Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton)

    Christian Benteke (Aston Villa)


    Steven Gerrard (Los Angeles Galaxy)

    Glen Johnson

    Brad Jones

    Sebastian Coates (Sunderland)

    Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

    Andre Wisdom (Norwich City)

    Rickie Lambert (West Brom)

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    The Steven Gerrard era is over, and what an era it was despite not having won the Premier League in his time with the Reds.

    The addition of Danny Ings was much anticipated and changes the complexion of any club he plays for, as we saw in his last four years with Burnley. Naturally when Burnley was sent down, there was no way Ings was going to be playing in second tier.

    Mario Balotelli ... hey we have not heard that name at all in the pre-season, and who knows what the hell kind of stories he will be giving us this campaign. Will he be on the field soon? Will he be in Premier League or peeling potatoes in flip-flops in some small city in France? Who cares!?

    This Over 2.5 is easily making our board this weekend, as the +115 offer is more than lovely to make as our suggestion. How can we forget the 6 - 1 thrashing Stoke handed Liverpool in Steven Gerrard's farewell last season?

    We didn't and Liverpool will likely enjoy returning the favor, so play the total to go Over the 2.5.

    Monday, August 10- 1 Match

    West Brom vs Manchester City

    3-Way: 1: West Brom +485 Home ; X: +300 Draw ; 2: Man City -165 Away

    Spread: West Brom +1 -135 ; Man City -1 +115

    Total 2.5: Over -125 ; Under +105

    Analysis and Prediction:

    West Brom


    James McClean (Wigan)

    James Chester (Hull City)

    Rickie Lambert (Liverpool)

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    Alex Jones (Birmingham City)

    Kemar Roofe (Oxford City)

    Youssouf Mulumbu

    Chris Baird (Derby County)

    Jason Davidson

    Alex Palmer (Kidderminster)

    Manchester City


    Enes Unal (Bursaspor)

    David Faupala (Lens)

    Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)

    Fabian Delph (Aston Villa)

    Patrick Roberts (Fulham)


    Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa)

    James Milner (Liverpool)

    Dedryck Boyata (Celtic)

    Angelino (New York City)

    Micah Richards (Aston Villa)

    Karim Rekik (Marseille)

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    There is not much to overanalyze here, as Manchester City and West Brom have hit their Over in all four of their last meetings, and Man City has hit every over in their pre-season schedule.

    We are simply going to finish the extended weekend with aMondayplay on this total to go Over the 2.5 at -125. That is a gift line, despite being a touch high. What else would you expect the line setters to do, give it away for nothing?

    It is never that easy, so let's wrap up this puppy. We hope you find all this information useful, and also hope you join us for the rest of the campaign in not only English Premier, but for Bundesliga, Serie A and La Liga, as well as Champions League when the group stage gets under way.

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