Our man-in-the-know is tipping Spurs to beat the newly-promoted side despite the absence of Gareth Bale, although he has a sneaky feeling Marouane Chamakh could find the net.
This is a very enticing bet. The one criticism levelled at Spurs last season was that they lacked genuine quality up front. Those fears should be allayed with the acquisition of the Spaniard, who managed 30 goals last season for Valencia. The 28-year-old is an old-fashioned penalty area poacher. The Tipster is backing him to hit the ground running with the opening strike at 7/2.
Tottenham will have to do without star man Gareth Bale, while there are also fitness concerns over Jan Vertonghen. Luis Holtby and Emmanuel Adebayor will also not feature. Spurs have been busy in the summer transfer window, signing Paulinho, Soldado, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue. The north Londoners were very strong away from home last year, winning 34 games. Only runaway leaders Manchester United and Arsenal managed to collect more points on the road last season. So Spurs to beat Palace is a good shout at 5/6.
The main focus of the this game will be the return of José Mourinho to the Chelsea dugout. Under his previous reign as Blues manager, he never lost a league game at Stamford Bridge and they were extremely strong defensively (conceding just six goals in 19 home games in the 2004-05 season). With this in mind, the Tipster is backing Chelsea to win to nil at just shy of even money 5/6.
As already stated in this edition, the Tipster is confident the Blues will kick off their campaign with a victory. Lukaku is expected to start ahead of the inconsistent Fernando Torres after netting 17 Premier League goals during a season-long loan at West Bromwich Albion last season. As a result, Lukaku to score and Chelsea to win is a great bet at 5/6.
The Tipster has backed Soldado to score first, but for the more adventurous punters out there, Chamakh could be worth a few quid. Palace manager Ian Holloway has talked up his new signing from Arsenal. And would there be a better way to kick-start his Eagles career with a goal against Spurs? Chamakh to score first is the Tipster’s long shot at 10/1.