The Premier League is back and so are we!

Robin Van Persie celebrates with his team-matesAfter a long hiatus, the Premier League returns this week and after an even longer hiatus, the Betclic blog also returns and this time we are here to stay!

The opening day games are all rather timid affairs, with no big match-ups, but there is still value to be found as clubs look to close transfer deals and in the case of Liverpool and Manchester United keep hold of their want-away players.

And, it’s Liverpool where things kick-off for the 2013-14 season as the Reds host Stoke. Brendan Rodgers has had to field more questions than ever about Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan spoke of his desire to move on from Anfield. But, the former-Swansea manager will be trying to focus his players on the task at hand.

Stoke have become somewhat of a bogey team for Liverpool in recent years, and the Reds have failed to beat them in either of the last two seasons, and have just one win against the Potters in the last seven encounters. Both teams haven’t changed much over the summer, and given the circumstances it could be honours even once more.

Arsenal may have had their problems signing players this summer, but Arsene Wenger will be confident that his boys can do the business at home against Aston Villa. The Villans were lucky to avoid relegation last year, and manager Paul Lambert is under pressure to improve this season.

The Gunners will surely bring in a few players over the next few weeks, but Theo Walcott’s goal for England against Scotland would have boosted the young striker’s confidence and one can expect him to cause problems for Villa. A home win is at a short price and it’s better to go with that.

In the final game on Saturday, defending champions Manchester United travel to Wales to take on League Cup winners Swansea. The Red Devils will be starting a season for the first time in 17 years without Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm, and the pressure is on David Moyes to start on the right foot.

The Scot made a good start with a routine win over Wigan in the Community Shield last weekend, and Robin van Persie picked up where he left off. He will once again spearhead the attack against the Swans, given the persistent doubts over Wayne Rooney’s future. RVP’s duel with Michu should be a fascinating one.

An away win pays out almost at evens, and there are too many times that you will be getting that on United this season, so lets’ back that too. And that’s it for this week’s suggestions. A treble pays out at over 12.50 and that is not a bad way to start.

But, before we go there is an excellent promotion from Betclic all through this season – ACCA Insurance. Bet on a five-fold multiples on any of the top European leagues, and if only one of your selection fails to come in, we will refund your losing bet up to €50! Register here and find out more.

THIS WEEK’S SLIP

Liverpool (1.35)   X (4.75)  Stoke (8.50)

Arsenal (1.38)      X (4.75)   Aston Villa (7.50)

Swansea (3.90)    X (3.30)  Manchester United (1.95)

Treble – 12.78

 

15/08/2013 - posted by Varun - Betclic
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