The highlight of this weekend’s sporting schedule in unquestionably the return of Premier League football. A full set of Football League fixtures is a punter’s heaven and we’re hoping to win big with this tempting accumulator tip.
We’re backing the following three teams to all start their home league campaigns in style. At odds of over 9/2, it’s got to be worth a punt.
Stoke City V Aston Villa
The Premier League season finally gets underway this weekend and optimism will be extremely high at the Britannia as Stoke City look to build on a highly successful 2013/14, starting with a local derby against Aston Villa.
Mark Hughes led the Potters to their best ever Premier League finish last term and the Staffordshire club are arguably one of the most underrated sides in the league. With a little bit of luck they could even harbour hopes of Europa League qualification. First, though, they must see off the challenge of Paul Lambert’s men.
Stoke won both of last season’s meetings and will b confident as they bid to start the new campaign with a bang. The added firepower of former Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf could prove a masterstroke by Hughes, whilst the summer signing of Bojan will add another option to the Potters’ attack.
The hosts have definitely taken a more expansive and attacking approach since the arrival of Hughes and it seems to have helped them massively. It could be another huge season for the Potters and we’re predicting that they’ll start it with a comfortable opening day win over their rivals.
Cardiff City V Huddersfield Town
Championship new-boys Cardiff began life back in the second tier with a decent draw away at Blackburn Rovers and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will be eager to get their home campaign up and running in style with three points over a vulnerable Huddersfield Town.
It took less than 30 seconds for the Terriers to fall behind to Bournemouth and matters went from bad to worse as Mark Lillis saw his side fall to a damaging 4-0 home defeat to the Cherries. Even an incredible late turnaround against Chesterfield in the Capital One Cup shouldn’t detract from how poor Huddersfield were on the opening day and they will need to be much better to claim anything in Wales.
The Bluebirds will be expected to secure promotion back to the Premier League at the first try and a strong home form will be pivotal in their bid for the Championship title. Three points on Saturday would provide a huge lift around the Cardiff City Stadium and simultaneously send an early warning shot to their rivals.
When the pair met here two years ago, the hosts came away with a slender 1-0 victory. The visitors will pale emphasis on a stronger defence following that humiliation by Bournemouth so a similar story may develop on Saturday. Either way, it is the home fans who should be happiest come 5PM.
Bristol City V Colchester United
Having beaten pre-season favourites Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on the opening day, Steve Cotterill’s men have emerged as the new frontrunners and the Robins will be looking to start their home campaign in equally emphatic style as they welcome Colchester United to Ashton Gate.
After a poor start, City were fantastic in the latter stages of last season and a big 2014/15 is being predicted for the Bristolians. If last week’s curtain-raising win is any sort of barometer then the early indications are that the Reds will live up to those expectations.
Meanwhile, Colchester are set for a far more modest season and those thoughts were underlined by the 2-2 draw against Oldham last weekend. The Eagles should have enough quality to avoid being drawn into any potential relegation scraps but they are still some way short of challenging the top six and their inferiority should show on Saturday, especially as they don’t travel particularly well.
Both meetings in 2013/14 ended in score draws but we think the hosts will edge it here to continue their perfect start to the League One title race. We’re backing a narrow, but comfortable, home win.
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