Football: Premier League Opening Weekend | EFL | Best Bets

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Ryan Cahill summarises all the picks from this week’s football podcast featuring the dream team of Mark O’Haire and Adrian Clarke…

The opening weekend of the 23/24 Premier League season is finally upon us. The opening weekend brings renewed hope and optimism for fans of all 20 teams that this year could potentially be theirs.

Host Daniel Hussey was joined by the iconic punting duo of Mark O’Haire and Adrian Clarke to break down the best bets from the Premier League & EFL for the weekend ahead.

And unlike your average EFL game last weekend, this article won’t drag on for too long!

Adrian Clarke’s Best Bet

Adrian’s best bet takes us to Bramall Lane, where Premier League new-boys Sheffield United host Crystal Palace.

Sheffield United may be the most pessimistic side going into the season after a tumultuous off-season which saw them lose their best player Ilman Ndiaye with another key figure in Sander Berge, likely following him out the door.

Adrian isn’t expecting an early season bounce for the Blades, and looking fairly blunt throughout, he thinks at least one side keeps a clean sheet here.

Recommended Bet: Sheffield United vs Crystal Palace BTTS NO (1.96)

Mark O’Haire’s Best Bet

Mark’s best bet comes from Monday Night Football as Manchester United play host to newly-appointed Gary O’Neil’s Wolves side.

Mark has picked out a stats-based trend that has clicked in 22 of United’s 23 victories last season in the league.

He expects the red devils to take care of Wolves with relative ease while staying under a 4.5 total.

Recommended Bet: Manchester United To Win & Under 4.5 Goals vs Wolves (1.76)

Newcastle vs Aston Villa (Sat 17:30)

  • Mark – Aston Villa +0.75 (1.92) 
  • Adrian – Aston Villa +0.5 (2.18)

Brentford vs Tottenham (Sun 14:00)

  • Mark – Brentford +0.25 (1.80)
  • Adrian – Over 2.5 Goals (1.73)

Chelsea vs Liverpool (Sun 16:30)

  • Mark – Liverpool +0.0 (1.78) 
  • Adrian – Liverpool and Over 1.5 (2.94)

Man Utd vs Wolves (MNF 20:00)

  • Mark – Man Utd and Under 4.5 (1.76)
  • Adrian – Man Utd & BTTS NO (2.3)

EFL Bets

  • Mark – Newport vs DONCASTER +0.5 (1.95)
  • Adrian – Cheltenham vs BOLTON (2.2)


  • Mark – Bournemouth and BTTS vs West Ham (5.40)
  • Adrian – FULHAM & Under 2.5 vs Everton (7.8)

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