Newcastle might’ve hoped for an easier start than meeting Manchester City but at least the Magpies usher in the new season on home soil. Nevertheless, Alan Pardew’s side will kick-off as Paddy Power’s 9/2 outsiders and City arrive as BetVictor’s odds-on, 4/6 favourites.

United have lost their last nine league matches against the visitors so a point, 10/3 at bet365, would be a decent return and quote Newcastle at 7/1 to hold Manuel Pellegrini’s team to a 1-1 stalemate.

A score draw is a 4/1 shot at BetVictor while Newcastle benefit from a goal start at 13/10 in William Hill’s handicaps. A United triumph by a one-goal margin is 13/2 (Skybet).

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Ladbrokes offer a whopping 19/1 about the Magpies winning 2-1, it’s 11/1 with Stan James for them to come out on top despite heading for their half-time cuppa on level terms and Emmanuel Riviere is a generous 8/1 (bet365) to make an instant impact by firing the opener

The Hawthorns hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Sunderland, losing their last five visits to the home of West Bromwich Albion and bookies believe that their losing sequence will be extended.

William Hill rate the hosts as their 13/10 favourites to overcome Gus Poyet’s men, who are 5/2 with BetVictor and it’s 12/5 via Stan James to end up all square.

Punters aren’t ruling out a tight affair and there’s already been some money for a goalless encounter at 9/1 (Stan James). Skybet have it 4/1 to be level at the end of each half and Sunderland are 7/10 courtesy of bet365 to avoid defeat.

As West Brom are tipped to struggle however, Black Cats fans might be a touch more positive so BetVictor’s 10/1 about Sunderland nicking it 1-0 might be popular, alongside bet365’s 9/2 for Poyet’s troops to prevail to nil. Connor Wickham is 7/1 with Stan James to underline his value to the club by breaking the deadlock.

Middlesbrough have started and Aitor Karanka’s men have been well backed to build on that by overhauling Leeds at Elland Road.

Skybet make Boro 13/10 favourites, the hosts are 12/5 with BetVictor while bet365 post 5/2 against a draw. Ladbrokes price Boro at 4/6 in their Draw No Bet market but Leeds already look like a team primed to ensure a difficult campaign and Karanka’s troops can take advantage.

They’re 5/2 at Stan James to win to nil, 8/1 (Ladbrokes) to fire the only goal and betway chalk Boro up at 3/1 to be holding a lead at the end of each half.

Kike has found the net in both of his side’s fixtures and BetVictor make him 21/10 to strike at some point. He is 6/1 (Stan James) to notch first.

Bet365 consider Hartlepool to be 2/1 underdogs despite their home advantage in the League Two game with Bury, which is 12/5 (BetVictor) to end with honours even.

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