The Wait is Over: Premier League Returns, Best New Betting Sites and Offers

August 03, 2022

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No trouble in picking out the sporting highlight this coming weekend – at least for football fans – as Friday evening sees the much-awaited return of the Premier League. With a full slate of fixtures spread across Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the world’s finest league is set to take over our lives once more. Throw in one of the more distinctive horse racing meetings of the year at Ascot, and the culmination of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, and sports fans have a weekend to savour.

Here we take a closer look at the excellent action which lies ahead, and pick out a couple of the best new player offers for those looking to add to the excitement with a bet or two.

Friday August 5th – Sunday August 7th – Football: Premier League Returns

First stop Selhurst Park in the 2022/23 Premier League season, as Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace outfit play host to the Frenchman’s former club Arsenal in the Friday night TV game. Palace were one of the understated success stories of last season and will be keen to build further this year. They may not find it easy here though facing an Arsenal side who have been excellent in pre-season and look set to be in the top 4 mix. 10Bet make Arsenal the 7/8 favourites to come out on top in this one, with Palace available at 57/17 with the same firm.

Elsewhere on the fixture list, Fulham faces a baptism of fire on their return to the Premier League with a home clash against Liverpool in the Saturday 12:30 pm kick-off, and Frank Lampard’s Everton take on the side with whom he made his name, as Chelsea come calling to Goodison Park. Potentially the most entertaining clash may be saved until last though, as David Moyes exciting West Ham United side play host to champions Manchester City in the Sunday 4:30 pm kick-off.

Saturday August 6th: Horse Racing: Shergar Cup Day

It’s time for something a little different on the racing front on Saturday afternoon, as Ascot plays host to its annual Shergar Cup fixture. One of only a few team events in the sport, the meeting sees teams from Britain and Ireland, Europe, the Rest of the World, and a Ladies’ side do battle to lift the famous trophy.

Expanded from six races to eight in 2022, the meeting has once again attracted a star-studded cast of riders; Jamie Spencer heads up the home team; three-time Melbourne Cup winner Kerrin McEvoy and Japanese star Takeshi Yokoyama feature for the Rest of the World; the evergreen Frankie Dettori is joined by Arc winner Rene Piecheluk and nine-time Spanish champion Jose-Luis Martinez for Europe; and the events most successful rider, Hayley Turn, receives support from Hollie Doyle in a talented ladies team. With betting available on the individual races, and the overall winning team, this represents an excellent way to spend your Saturday afternoon.

Saturday August 6th – Monday August 8th – Commonwealth Games Concludes

And if all that’s still not enough for you, the wall-to-wall coverage of the Commonwealth games from Birmingham continues right through the weekend. With medals up for grabs in Athletics – including the climactic 100m final, Hockey, Cycling, Cricket, Boxing and much more besides, the games provide plenty of variety to spice up the weekend.

Best New Betting Sites & Offers

ZetBet New Player Offer – Bet £10, get a £10 Free Bet

You can’t go wrong with an easy-to-achieve “Bet and Get” style offer, and new betting site ZetBet offer one of the simplest around. Simply sign up, deposit, and place a bet of £10 or more at minimum odds of Evs (2.00) to receive a £10 free bet. See the ZetBet site for the full list of terms and conditions.

Betiton Welcome Offer – Bet £10, get a £10 Free Bet

It’s a good time for fans of “Bet and Get” offers, with Betiton currently offering an almost identical deal. Once again, all new players need to do is register, deposit, and place a bet of at least £10 at minimum odds of Evs (2.00) to receive a £10 free bet. An excellent way to grab a little added value ahead of the big kick-off. See Betiton site for the full list of terms and conditions.

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