Sports fans in New Zealand will likely have a lot going on very soon and there will be plenty to bet on, with Sports minister Grant Robertson recently greenlighting the return of internal touring. The country will also reopen its doors to international visitors and Dave Rennie’s Wallabies will be the first through as they’re set for a match against the All Blacks sometime in October – dates and venues are yet to be announced, however.
At the moment, all eyes should be on the English Premier League. England’s top division kicked its 2020/21 season off on the weekend and things have gotten off to a blazing start, albeit still without fans.
New Zealand’s lone Premier League representative Chris Wood is getting ready to begin his fourth football campaign with Burnley after joining from Leeds United in 2017. The forward’s former team has finally made it back to the Premier League and put up a valiant effort in a 4-3 loss to current PL champions Liverpool on Saturday.
Wood and his Burnley teammates will have to wait until Sunday to get their Premier League term underway and are 19/4 to beat Leicester City with Bet365. The Foxes are 3/5 with said bookmakers, who have offered odds of 14/5 on a draw. Fans can also find the scoop on all upcoming Premier League fixtures and betting offers at Freebets.
Burnley are set for an EFL Cup clash with Prem rivals Sheffield United prior to their League opener on the weekend. The Clarets will play the Blades in cup competition this Thursday and are 7/4 to win with William Hill. The bookmakers have 31/20 going on the latter, while a draw’s currently set at 9/4.
Wood is looking forward to playing football again, although the break was unusually short, but seemed to admit worry over the squad given the club’s passivity in the transfer market.
“We’ve got a good team, a good squad – we’ve lost a few players now which isn’t ideal but hopefully over the next few weeks we can get some in and see where we can go from there,” he said. “We all want to start well but at the moment we have 14 fit first-team players, it’s going to be tough.”
The Clarets are 45/1 to finish in the top six this season with Betfair, with the likes of Leeds (17/2), Everton (21/10), and Wolverhampton Wanderers (15/8) all favoured ahead of Sean Dyche’s side.
Woods and his Burnley teammates are 5/1 to complete the campaign in the first half of the table with Paddy Power; Betvictor have them at 10/3 for relegation. If you fancy the unlikely outcome of Woods winning the Premier League’s Golden Boot, you could snag odds of 100/1 from most of the major sportsbooks. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is the favourite in that regard at 7/2.