Predictions for System Bet:
- Norwich v Crystal Palace: 2 @ 3.00
- Bournemouth v Aston Villa: X @ 3.60
- Leicester v Sunderland: X @ 3.50
- Marseille v Caen: X @ 4.00
- System Bet Recommendation: Doubles (2/4 – 6 bets)
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Predictions for System Bet, 8.August.2015:
Norwich v Crystal Palace – prediction: 2
The new promoted club Norwich have an inexperienced manager at the helm, their new signings don’t inspire anyone, and they weren’t even one of the two best teams in the Championship last season.
Crystal Palace have made some fantastic summer additions – Patrick Bamford, Connor Wickham, Yohan Cabaye, Bakary Sakho – to a squad which was already flourishing under Alan Pardew. The Eagles look good for another top half finish this campaign.
Bournemouth v Aston Villa – prediction: X
Bournemouth are the current fairy tale story as they finally make their debuts in the Premier League. And a home game on the first day of the season is arguably the main wish for fans of a newly-promoted club.
Aston Villa finished in 17th place last season, just one spot above the drop zone. Tim Sherwood have lost both Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke over the summer, as well as Ron Vlaar – all key players.
Sherwood has been very active in the transfer window however, bringing in the likes of Scott Sinclair, Micah Richards, Rudy Gestede and, of course, Jordan Ayew.
But with any club that starts a campaign with so many new arrivals the gut feeling is how will they all fit in and improve a side that recently struggled.
Leicester v Sunderland – prediction: X
Both of these clubs will have earmarked this fixture as one they can win, and both of these fixtures last season ended 0-0. A cagey encounter is expected once again.
Sunderland certainly proved capable of holding teams last term as they topped the ‘draws’ column with 17. Nine of those were achieved away from home.
Marseille v Caen – prediction: X
OM have a much-changed squad with experienced and key players such as André-Pierre Gignac, André Ayew, Jérémy Morel, Giannelli Imbula and Dimitri Payet (the top assists provider in Ligue 1 last term) all left the club.
L’OM’s best defender Nicolas N’Koulou is suspended while Lassana Diarra and Abou Dibay won’t be risked having not played a competitive match for over a year.
Last season Caen recovered from bottom at the turn of the year to finish 13th, and the club were 4th in the goals scored table with 54.
Garande’s troops will hold no fear of the Stade Velodrome – SMC won 3-2 their last term as well as holding PSG and Monaco to draws on the road.