The Premier League season is almost back, and as well as exciting action on the pitch, this also means the return of fun on your phone betting on the games.
It can be a great time to win money early in the season, as Premier League odds haven’t really settled yet, and the bookies are still in the dark about which sides are set to be the strongest. But when it comes to Chelsea’s season starter against Manchester United, we advise some serious caution.
Coming into the game a week tomorrow, both teams are essentially unknown quantities. As you can see from Sky Sports’ preview of the game, both teams come into it on the back of plenty of good preseason results. But as we know all too well, these games really mean nothing.
Chelsea are going to be without Eden Hazard this season, meaning we are going to be without our key weapon from the last few years. On top of that, we’re missing Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Antonio Rudiger with injury, with N’Golo Kante and Willian also doubts for the opening fixture.
It will also be Frank Lampard’s Premier League managerial debut, just adding to the uncertainties on the Blue side.
Manchester United are in a similar situation. We saw a fair bit of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a coach last season, but it was so bizarrely good and then awful that it’s hard to know what to expect.
Their team is equally in flux, with Harry Maguire potentially arriving in time to play, and top tier names like Paul Pogba still linked with departures. With a week left in the transfer window and not too much spent by the Red Devils, it’s hard to know who to plan for next Sunday – could Paulo Dybala be replacing Romelu Lukaku up front? Those are two pretty different strikers, and Lampard would have a different system for each of them. Completing those kinds of deals would certainly swing the odds heavily.
Add to that the standard uncertainty of the early season for any team, as new signings and returning loan players find their feet and managers work out their best teams, and you’re left with a perfect storm of unpredictability.
Maybe you reckon you’ve read the situation better than the bookies, but it’s a big risk to take.
Still, if you want to win big, you’ve got to take those big risks.