Premier League countdown is on! Here's an early look at the odds for the opening fixtures

With less than 30 days to go until the start of the Premier League season, Planet Sport takes a look at the early betting odds for all 10 opening weekend matches.

We've all enjoyed watching international soccer over the past few weeks. But let's face it, there is nothing like the thrill of Premier League action.

In less than 30 days' time, the world's biggest soccer competition will return with a host of mouth-watering games.

Brentford 20:00 Arsenal (Friday, August 13)

Brentford's first season in the top flight since 1947 will get underway with a derby game against Arsenal.

The Gunners are priced as favourites at 20/21. However, there is a trepidatious feeling about backing Mikel Arteta's men at this moment in time. 

Mikel Arteta plans for busy transfer window in bid to revamp Arsenal's squad
Mikel Arteta plans for busy transfer window in bid to revamp Arsenal's squad

Arsenal haven't exactly set the transfer market alight despite losing the likes of David Luiz, Matteo Guendouzi, Dani Ceballos, Martin Odegaard and others.

What's more, a recent pre-season loss to Hibernian certainly doesn't make good reading - even if it was just a friendly.

Brentford's dangerman, Ivan Toney
Brentford's dangerman, Ivan Toney

Brentford look the far more appetising option having been priced at 12/5. What's more, they will be fuelled by adrenaline as they make their long-awaited return to the big time.

And one other thing - let's not forget about home advantage. For the first time since being built, Brentford's brand-new community stadium is going to be full of spectators as restrictions are eased across the country. 

TIP: Brentford to win at 12/5

Manchester United 12:30 Leeds United (Saturday, August 14)

When these two sides last met at Old Trafford, we were treated to a classic as the Red Devils romped to a 6-2 win.

Now, with the added element of a live crowd, all signs point to another potential cracker on August 14.

Leeds started the previous season with back-to-back seven-goal thrillers. Marcelo Bielsa is not the type of man to change his ways, meaning the goals market is your best betting option in this classic fixture.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa

The over 3.5 goals bet is priced at 5/4 which offers decent value for a game that has the potential to get explosive.

For those looking at outright betting, Man United are currently available at 8/15, while Leeds are priced at 4/1.

TIP: Over 3.5 goals at 5/4

Burnley 15:00 Brighton (Saturday, August 14)

Having flirted with relegation last season, both Burnley and Brighton will be desperate to have a 'safer' campaign.

Brighton head coach Graham Potter
Brighton head coach Graham Potter

There is, however, one massive difference between the two teams. Yes, Brighton may have finished 16th but the way they played was very encouraging.

Graham Potter's side only conceded 46 goals last term, a statistic bettered by just six teams, all of whom finished in the top half of the table.

The summer additions of Jeremy Sarmiento and Enock Mwepu are also grounds for optimism for Seagulls fans - certainly a lot more encouraging than Burnley's transfer movements.

Burnley boss, Sean Dyche
Burnley boss, Sean Dyche

The lone signing of Nathan Collins won't be enough to keep Burnley away from trouble. Sean Dyche's men could find themselves in another relegation dogfight unless the owners dig deep into their pockets.

With that in mind, Brighton are the team to back in this one at 11/8.

TIP: Brighton to win at 11/8

Chelsea 15:00 Crystal Palace (Saturday, August 14)

Gary Cahill, Scott Dann, Nathaniel Clyne, Wayne Hennessey, James McCarthy, Mamadou Sakho, Patrick van Aanholt, Connor Wickham, Joel Ward…

As things stand, all these Crystal Palace players are out of contract. While some of them are expected to extend their stay at Selhurst Park, it's evident that Patrick Vieira has an enormous task on his hands.

Patrick Vieira confident he is the right man during ‘crucial period’ at Palace
Patrick Vieira confident he is the right man during ‘crucial period’ at Palace

With that in mind, the last thing they needed was to open the season against the new European champions, Chelsea.

Thomas Tuchel's side are yet to make a signing this summer. But even if they fail to bring any new names, they will still remain at around the current 2/9 price to beat Palace.

Chelsea right-back Reece James celebrates with the Champions League trophy
Chelsea right-back Reece James celebrates with the Champions League trophy

One market which offers a lot more value is the 5/2 on the match being won by a two-goal margin. This bet has landed in two of the previous three head-to-head fixtures at Stamford Bridge.

TIP: Two-goal match winning margin at 5/2

Everton 15:00 Southampton (Saturday, August 14)

Rafa Benitez is back in the Premier League after taking over the reins at Goodison Park. Who saw that one coming?

New Everton boss Rafael Benitez
New Everton boss Rafael Benitez

His opening game comes against a Southampton team which endured a roller-coaster season last time out.

Ralph Hasenhuttl's side topped the Premier League for a short period, managed to beat Liverpool at Anfield, lost 9-0 to Manchester United and ultimately finished 15th.

Everton's season, on the other hand, was a lot more… dry.

The scoreboard made sorry reading for Southampton
The scoreboard made sorry reading for Southampton

Nevertheless, the Toffees are priced as favourites to win this opener against Saints at 5/6. The south coast side, meanwhile, are offered at 14/5.

This fixture doesn't tend to produce a lot of action, with two of the last three meetings only seeing a couple of goals scored. With that in mind, our tip is to back the stat and dip into the total goals market.

TIP: Total match goals two at 11/4

Leicester City 15:00 Wolverhampton (Saturday, August 14)

The Portuguese recipe has worked well for Wolves over these last few years. No surprise then that their new manager, Bruno Lage, also hails from the soccer-indulged nation.

His first task is certainly no walk in the park. Leicester City are the reigning FA Cup winners and came within a whisker of securing Champions League soccer last season.

Leicester beat Chelsea to win their first-ever FA Cup.
Leicester beat Chelsea to win their first-ever FA Cup.

Despite this, Leicester vs Wolves is a fixture that has often ended in a whimper rather than a bang.

Three of the last four games have been goalless draws and the current odds on that happening again are 17/2. Not bad.

Leicester manager, Brendan Rodgers
Leicester manager, Brendan Rodgers

But, with the Foxes signing promising young forward Patson Daka and Wolves also carrying an impressive offensive line-up, surely it's about time this fixture delivers some action.

Both teams to score is currently an appetising proposition at 20/21.

TIP: Both teams to score at 20/21

Watford 15:00 Aston Villa (Saturday, August 14)

Premier League newcomers Watford will kick off their campaign with a clash against Aston Villa.

Watford boss Xisco Munoz ‘ready’ for Premier League after promotion
Watford boss Xisco Munoz ‘ready’ for Premier League after promotion

Four of the last five meetings between the two clubs have seen the home side pick up all three points.

Winning is certainly not beyond Watford's abilities but it's no surprise to see the bookmakers take a cautious approach having priced the Hornets at 21/10. The Villains, who bolstered their squad with additions of Emi Buendia and Ashley Young, are currently available at 6/5 in the outright market.

Ashley Young returns to Aston Villa
Ashley Young returns to Aston Villa

With the London outfit offering more value for your buck, they're our tip in the 'draw no bet' market.

TIP: Draw no bet - Watford at 13/10

Norwich 17:30 Liverpool (Saturday, August 14)

Norwich could not have been handed a worse opponent to open the season.

Norwich head coach Daniel Farke with the Sky Bet Championship trophy
Norwich head coach Daniel Farke with the Sky Bet Championship trophy

Daniel Farke's side are winless against the Reds in 14 games. What's worse, they've conceded 32 goals across the last nine meetings. Four of those fixtures saw Norwich concede five goals.

Liverpool may have lost Georginio Wijnaldum, but they've also signed promising youngster Ibrahima Konate and they could yet be bolstered by the return of Virgil van Dijk.

Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez join Liverpool squad for Austria training camp
Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez join Liverpool squad for Austria training camp

No surprise then to see Norwich priced at 7/1 and Liverpool at 2/7.

This could be a long evening for the Canaries.

TIP: Liverpool -2 handicap at 19/10

Newcastle United 14:00 West Ham (Sunday, August 15)

These two sides met towards the end of the previous campaign. Newcastle took a 2-0 half-time lead but somehow squandered their advantage as the 10-men of West Ham levelled the score with 10 minutes to go.

Despite their collapse, Joe Willock secured victory for the Magpies with an 82nd-minute winner.

Joe Willock celebrates his goal for Newcastle
Joe Willock celebrates his goal for Newcastle

Neutrals will be hoping for similar drama when these two clubs kick off the season's first Super Sunday.

One thing we should certainly hope for is goals galore. The 'both teams to score' bet has landed in three of the last four head-to-head games.

West Ham manager, David Moyes
West Ham manager, David Moyes

With that in mind, West Ham to win and both teams to score at 16/5 is our tip for this Sunday afternoon cracker.

TIP: West Ham to win and BTTS at 16/5

Tottenham Hotspur 16:30 Manchester City (Sunday, August 15)

Man City will begin the defence of their title against a Spurs side led by Nuno Espirito Santo.

The Portuguese manager is no stranger to Pep Guardiola, having done the double over the Spaniard during the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.

Tottenham’s new manager, Nuno Espirito Santo
Tottenham’s new manager, Nuno Espirito Santo

Guardiola got his revenge the season after but now, he faces a potentially far more dangerous Tottenham outfit.

Spurs are yet to sign any players but knowing Santo, he isn't likely to simply sit back and follow Jose Mourinho's tired old conventions.

Clearly the bookmakers are on a different wavelength having priced Tottenham at 4/1. But then again, backing City makes absolutely no sense at 8/15.

Pep Guardiola with the Premier League trophy
Pep Guardiola with the Premier League trophy

Instead, the 31/10 price on Spurs in the 'draw no bet' market offers a mixture of value and a hint of reassurance.

One way or another, this does shape up to be a thrilling encounter.

TIP: Tottenham draw no bet at 31/10

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