Premier League Matches Usher in an Exciting 2021 for Football FansPublished January 1, 2021 by Florin P
Manchester United and Everton play the opening matches in the Premier League in 2021, against great traveling teams.
The first day of 2021 has few surprises for football fans, with just two matches scheduled in the premier league. Everton and Manchester United have home pitch advantage and are credited with the first chance against teams that have shown a lot of grit in recent weeks. The games will be played without spectators, so playing at home is less consequential and should give the visitors a fighting chance.
Everton and West Ham Brace for a High Scoring Match
Everton will meet their favorite opponents on Friday evening at 5:30 PM UK time. They defeated West Ham more than any other team in the Premier League and have good reasons to be optimistic ahead of this fixture. The team from Liverpool is back in form and has won more games recently than any other squad, so the premises are good ahead of this match. Not surprisingly, bet365 Sports credits the hosts with the first chance to prevail at even odds, in spite of having for players missing due to injuries.
West Ham have enjoyed their best season start in more than a decade, in spite of being winless in the last four games. During the span they were prevented from scoring on two occasions and conceded a high number of goals, including many in the first half. They can field a competitive starting formation but even so they are underdogs, as reflected by the odds of 3/1 offered by the same bookmaker. The last time they prevailed at Goodison Park was in 2018 when they scored three goals, including two in the first half.
Manchester United and Aston Villa’s Invincibility Tested
Manchester United were denied the chance of winning 11 consecutive games on the road. Returning home isn’t necessarily a bad thing, in spite of the fact that they have picked up more of their points away from home. With just two players missing, the Red Devils can field a very dangerous starting formation and will come out firing on all cylinders. They scored plenty of goals recently and successfully prevented opponents from scoring in the first half, so the odds of 7/10 on their victory are quite tempting.
Aston Villa have the second-best record in away matches, but they will travel to Old Trafford as clear underdogs. They are invincible in the last five matches and will gladly settle for a draw in Manchester, as this would extend their positive run. Aston Villa hasn’t defeated Manchester United in an official match since 2009, so the odds of 33/10 aren’t exactly a surprise. Punters can also consider a bet on more than 2.5 goals to be scored, as both teams have scored a lot of games this season.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Thursday, December 31 at 11 am UK time.