|TEAM||FIRST 3 FIXTURES||TO WIN FIRST 3||TO LOSE FIRST 3|
|Arsenal||West Ham (H), Crystal Palace (A), Liverpool (H)||4/1||100/1|
|Aston Villa||Bournemouth (A), Man Utd (H), Crystal Palace (A)||40/1||8/1|
|Bournemouth||Aston Villa (H), Liverpool (A), West Ham (A)||100/1||6/1|
|Chelsea||Swansea (H), Man City (A), West Brom (A)||6/1||100/1|
|Crystal Palace||Norwich (A), Arsenal (H), Aston Villa (H)||18/1||16/1|
|Everton||Watford (H), Southampton (A), Man City (H)||20/1||18/1|
|Leicester||Sunderland (H), West Ham (A), Tottenham (H)||25/1||14/1|
|Liverpool||Stoke (A), Bournemouth (H), Arsenal (A)||12/1||50/1|
|Man City||West Brom (A), Chelsea (H), Everton (A)||7/1||66/1|
|Man United||Tottenham (H), Aston Villa (A), Newcastle (H)||7/2||100/1|
|Newcastle||Southampton (H), Swansea (A), Man United (A)||80/1||6/1|
|Norwich||Crystal Palace (H), Sunderland (A), Stoke (H)||25/1||12/1|
|Southampton||Newcastle (A), Everton (H), Watford (A)||7/1||50/1|
|Sunderland||Leicester (A), Norwich (H), Swansea (H)||20/1||14/1|
|Swansea||Chelsea (A), Newcastle (H), Sunderland (A)||50/1||12/1|
|Tottenham||Man United (A), Stoke (H), Leicester (A)||14/1||25/1|
|Watford||Everton (A), West Brom (A), Southampton (A)||80/1||13/2|
|West Brom||Man City (H), Watford (A), Chelsea (H)||66/1||15/2|
|West Ham||Arsenal (A), Leicester (H), Bournemouth (H)||25/1||25/1|
Sky Bet have priced up each Premier League side to win and lose their first three 2015/16 season fixtures, following the release of the Premier League fixture list on Wednesday morning and Manchester United are rated as the most likely team to win their opening three matches of the new season.
Louis Van Gaal’s side will face Tottenham and Newcastle at Old Trafford in their first three fixtures, either side of a trip to the midlands to face Aston Villa. They are a 7/2 chance to pick up nine points, or 100/1 to lose all three.
Arsenal, who are at home to West Ham and Liverpool and away to Crystal Palace in their first three games, are 4/1 to begin their season with three straight victories, or 11/10 with William Hill to take 7 points or more. Champions Chelsea, who travel to Manchester City on the second weekend and also face Swansea (H) and West Brom (A) are 6/1 to win all three.
Manuel Pellegrini’s City, who finished as runners-up to Chelsea last season having drawn twice with Jose Mourinho’s side, travel to West Brom on the opening day and face a difficult trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton after hosting the Blues. They are 7/1 to win all three of those matches.
West Brom are among those teams with a particularly difficult trio of opening games as they face City and Chelsea at the Hawthorns either side of a trip to newly-promoted Watford. The Baggies are 66/1 to take maximum points, or just 15/2 to lose all three.
Other notable prices for clubs to win their first three games include Liverpool at 12/1, Tottenham at 14/1 and Championship winners Bournemouth at 100/1.
Liverpool fans will have noted the club’s tough start away from Anfield, with their first seven away fixtures taking them to Stoke, where they lost 6-1 on the final day of the last campaign, Arsenal, Manchester United, Everton, Tottenham, Chelsea and City. They are 100/1 with Sky Bet to lose all seven, 8/1 not to win any of them or 250/1 to win all seven.
That tough start to the season has already had repercussions elsewhere, with Brendan Rodgers being backed to be the first Premier League manager to leave his job. Sky Bet and Ladbrokes have cut his price to 7/2 and 3/1 respectively, but BetVictor are still offering 6/1.
It’s always worth noting where the new fixtures send the Champions League clubs after their midweek European games, and City appear to have been given a small advantage in that respect, thanks in part to their request to begin the season away from home while they complete work on their stadium expansion in time for the visit of Chelsea.
City will play four home games on the weekends following the Champions League group games, more than any of their rivals. As both Manchester clubs cannot play at home on the same weekend, that of course means that United have four away games, although one of their two home matches is a visit from City.
Chelsea will follow their first Champions League game with a home game against Arsenal, but they will face four away trips immediately after European games. The schedule is toughest on the Gunners, who have three away games as well as home matches against United, Everton and Tottenham.
It’s worth bearing those schedules in mind when the bookies release the ‘Top at Christmas’ market.
8 August 2015
AFC Bournemouth v Aston Villa
Arsenal v West Ham United
Chelsea v Swansea City
Everton v Watford
Leicester City v Sunderland
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur
Newcastle United v Southampton
Norwich City v Crystal Palace
Stoke City v Liverpool
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City
15 August 2015
Aston Villa v Manchester United
Crystal Palace v Arsenal
Liverpool v AFC Bournemouth
Manchester City v Chelsea
Southampton v Everton
Sunderland v Norwich City
Swansea City v Newcastle United
Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City
Watford v West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United v Leicester City
22 August 2015
Arsenal v Liverpool
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa
Everton v Manchester City
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United v Newcastle United
Norwich City v Stoke City
Sunderland v Swansea City
Watford v Southampton
West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea
West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth