- The Premier League season kicks off with Arsenal as -115 favorites over Bentford (+310).
LONDON - The Premier League is back, and the first match of the season sees Brentford taking on Arsenal.
Arsenal finished in eighth place last year winning five of their last five fixtures. Over the offseason, they added Ben White, Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga.
Of those, White is the highlight, a 23-year-old versatile defender who should help provide a further backbone to Arsenal’s already good defense.
Brentford vs. Arsenal Moneyline Odds
- Brentford +310
- Arsenal -115
- Draw +270
Arsenal have significantly favored odds in this matchup, and an Arsenal win is the most likely outcome according to the online sportsbooks, even on the three way moneyline.
Brentford are expected to lose, but after being promoted into the Premier League, they are looking to do their best in the competition, according to manager Thomas Frank.
“They are a massive club. They are one of the biggest clubs in England and in Europe. They are going through a transition; they want to be a top four club again. They have done the right thing in appointing a very promising manager in Mikel Arteta," said Frank. They are trying to build a new team and a new culture; that takes time. Every manager and team needs to win games but I am convinced that they can create something exciting and new in the future.”
Brentford vs. Arsenal Spread Odds
- Brentford +0.5 (-105)
- Arsenal -0.5 (-115)
On the spread, that mountain is apparent - the gulf between a perennially decent team and a team that was just promoted from the Championship tends to be easily noticeable.
Ben White’s transfer cost Arsenal 50 million pounds. Kristoffer Ajer, Frank Onyeka, Yoane Wissa and Myles Peart-Harris, the major acquisitions for Brentford over the summer, cost notably less than that combined.
Time will tell if Frank’s belief in his team is justified, and online gambling fans can wager with or against that belief at the major online sportsbooks.