The concept of time-wasting simply doesn’t exist at Ladbrokes, with all ten opening weekend Premier League games already available to bet on despite still being eight weeks away.
Liverpool have been priced at 2/7 to triumph in one of the most intriguing fixtures taking place on the weekend of August 13, in which they host Sunderland, the former employers of their expensive summer signing Jordan Henderson.
Championship play-off winners Swansea are considered to be the team with the toughest task ahead of them on day one of their top-flight adventure with odds of 10/1 offered on them somehow finding a way past Manchester City at Eastlands.
A trip to face the Champions League newcomers is one of the most exciting ways to mark a Premier League debut but it is a daunting one too given that the Citizens won 15 of 20 matches against bottom-half sides last term. No wonder they are 1/5 favourites!
Fellow promoted clubs QPR and Norwich are perceived to have good-to-decent chances of getting underway with a victory, with the second-tier champions 5/4 to overcome Bolton at Loftus Road and Norwich 11/4 to take three points away to Wigan.
Despite the impressive way in which Roberto Martinez’s men ended last season, and their top-half aspirations for the coming campaign, the Canaries’ price is rather appealing in the context of Wigan’s 4-0 home loss to Blackpool last August.
7/4 title favourites Manchester United and 5/2 rivals Chelsea are fancied to kick off with success on the road, with the Red Devils 2/5 to win at West Brom and the Blues 4/7 at midlands, while there is less faith in Arsenal delivering in Newcastle at 5/6.
Elsewhere, Blackburn are 5/6 to start 2011-12 as they ended 2010-11, by beating Wolves, Fulham are 5/4 to defeat Aston Villa in Martin Jol’s debut in the dugout and it is 5/6 that Everton are slow out of the blocks again when they visit Tottenham.