The 2019/20 English Premier League season gets started this weekend with 10 fixtures played to a conclusion over the course of Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It’s a treat for followers of the beautiful game who have been counting down the hours since Man City claimed two-in-a-row back in spring.

Last season’s runners up Liverpool host newly promoted Norwich City at Anfield in the curtain raiser on Friday night and round one closes on Sunday at Old Trafford when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leads his new recruits into battle against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea. The latter serves as the main attraction and all eyes will be on the Red Devils following a summer of spending.

The good news for armchair fans is that no less than five of the 10 games will be shown live on TV courtesy of Sky Sports and BT Sport. That’ll also capture the attention of sports backers, eager to mark the occasion by a winning bet, welcoming back the Premier League by boosting their account balance. Live football is great, but it’s not quite as enjoyable as turning a profit from the sport.

United Enjoy Home Advantage

Manchester United enjoy home advantage over London’s Chelsea. Both clubs suffered very different fortunes during pre-season, Man Utd spending money like it was going out of fashion while their opponents were forced to look on enviously, barred from breaking open the cheque book due to a transfer embargo. Frank Lampard took over from Conti and he has promised to make the best of a bad situation, getting the most out of the players that are there.

Marcus Rashford of Manchester United during the The FA Cup 5th round match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge

Marcus Rashford of Manchester United during the The FA Cup 5th round match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

A prime example of how Man Utd and Chelsea are moving in different directions can be seen by looking at the Harry Maguire situation. The England international recently signed at United for a reported £80m, making him the word’s most expensive defender. He has a job on his hands to justify that type of price tag and with it comes the pressures of needing to hit the ground running. He won’t be afforded extra time to get thigs right, that’s for sure.

Lampard Can’t Spend

Over at Stamford Bridge and making big money transfers isn’t a luxury afforded to Frank Lampard. He must work twice as hard to rejuvenate the squad he already has but that can’t be seen as a negative as he inherited a squad that finished in the top four last season, won the Europa League and are back in the Champions League.

Lampard aims to do just that with Ross Barkley and will attempt to spark the player back to life following a below par season last time. If the job can be done there’s not many better in the game to learn from than Lampard and that will surely result in a stronger campaign for the player. He has bags of potential and self-belief, it’s just a matter of getting him back up to speed.

Bookies side with the locals

The pre-match betting comes down in support of the home win here and backers looking to support Manchester United to get off to the perfect start will have to make do with the 6/5 available at William Hill. That’s better than the 11/10 sent out by most other firms and there’s enough in that price to catch the eye of accumulator backers.

Fancy Super Frank to make a dream debut as Chelsea manager? You’ll get more of a price if you do, with Chelsea written off to claim three points. 888Sport offer a market best price of 5/2 and that’s the most generous quote available at the time of writing. Can’t split them? The draw is 47/20 at Unibet. Again, that’s the standout offer.

Play the specials

You’ll find no lack of options if trawling through the specials markets with both teams to score marked up on the betting board at a useful 3/4 with Coral. That’s another that should prove useful in weekend multiples. Looking through the stats associated with this famous fixture and we note the two league matches involving these sides last season ended all-square with a 2-2 at Stamford Bridge in October followed by a 1-1 at Old Trafford in April.

We can take our lead from that and back both teams to score in a draw which is available at 10/3 – best price when getting your cash down at bet365. That looks to be the shrewd bet in this one, neither side wishing to give ground on the title race this early.