Bet 1: West Brom @ 29/20
We begin at the Hawthorns which was the scene of many a winner for us last season. The Baggies were often a fantastic price to get the job done in front of their own fans and, for a while at least, they rarely failed to disappoint.
There is plenty of negativity towards Albion and their prospects this year and that is largely down to how they finished the campaign. Tony Pulis' side lost nine of their final 12 fixtures - winning just one. They still finished 10th though and the mindset of most of the players will be to get to 40 points and then relax.
That is also why I'm not overly concerned by poor pre-season form. Pulis will have them right when it matters and he will have identified this as a game where three points is very achievable. They haven't made loads of signings, but the addition of Jay Rodriguez should help them in the attacking third - a place where they struggled at times last year.
Bournemouth head up north with their headline recruits being Jermaine Defoe and Nathan Ake. Ake has already spent time at the club on loan so he will fit right in and Defoe is a seasoned veteran who won't need much, if any, time to get acclimatised.
The issue for me though is that they conceded plenty of goals on their travels last term and I don't think that Defoe will be as prolific as some people are expecting. He isn't a young man any more, and age has to catch up with a player at some point - especially strikers.
Bet 2: Everton @ 4/6
The Toffee's are a stand-out price on the opening Saturday of the season as they have done some fantastic business over the course of the summer and they are looking like making the 'Big Six', the 'Big Seven'. Ronald Koeman of course has to adapt to life without Romelu Lukaku, but Wayne Rooney will be rejuvenated at Goodison Park and Davy Klaassen looks like a talent.
They had a fine record at home last year as they won 13 of their 19 matches, and they have the advantage of already having played a couple of competitive games in the Europa League.
Opponents, Stoke, have plenty negatives hanging over them, not least the departures of experienced trio, Jonathan Walters, Glenn Whelan and Phil Bardsley, as well as the sale of star man, Marko Arnautović to West Ham.
Mark Hughes is among the favourites to be the first managerial departure of the season and I really do fear for him and his team at Goodison Park. Even last year when they had the above named players they lost eight of their last 12 away from home, and unless they bring in a few more faces, I wouldn't be surprised to see them struggle.
Bet 3: Crystal Palace @ 4/5
If Everton are the stand-out bet of the weekend then Crystal Palace aren't far behind. They are not far off even money to beat Premier League new-boys, Huddersfield, and I couldn't be much more certain of this being a home win.
Following the surprise resignation of Sam Allardyce, Frank de Boer has taken the reigns at Selhurst Park and he has a pretty exciting squad to work with if the end of last season is anything to go by. Wilfried Zaha was back to his brilliant best for the latter months of the campaign and he has looked great in pre-season as well.
David Wagner's Huddersfield side will of course have the momentum from last year that culminated with a Play-off win at Wembley. They haven't exactly looked great in their friendlies though and while the likes of Tom Ince and Steve Mounie have joined the club, they still have plenty to prove at this level.
Back West Brom @ 29/20
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2017/18 P/L (1pt each bet)
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- 2016/17 P/L = + 42.32 pts from 35 pts staked (120.91% ROI)