Man City are a top priced 1/5 to get the defence of their title off to a flying start by beating Southampton at the Etihad today (4pm KO, Live on Sky Sports 1) and it should be a case of how many they put past their rivals.
The Blues kicked off last season with a 4-0 thrashing of new promoted Swansea and a similar scenario is surely on the cards.
They were unbeaten at home last year, winning 18 out of 19, and warmed up for this with a 3-2 win over Chelsea in the Community Shield.
If they can put three past rivals of that calibre away from home soil then they will surely bag a hatful against the Saints in front of their home supporters.
However backing them at 1/5 with Coral, Hills and Paddy Power makes little appeal and there is hopefully some better value to be had in the correct score and goalscorer markets.
I think that Roberto Mancini’s men will win this without reply, and split stakes on 3-0 and 4-0 looks worth a punt at 7/1 and 11/1 respectively with Coral.
City has plenty of players capable of finding the net, none more so than Sergio Aguero who netted 23 times in his debut PL season.
The Argentinian is a class act capable of prising open any defence and looks a worthy favourite at 100/30 with Coral in their first goalscorer market.
Finally, the other bet that really appeals if you like to play at odds on is over 2.5 goals.
That looks a gimme in this encounter, and is a best priced 8/15 with Betfred and Coral.