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Premier League Outright Betting
Unless we get a Leicester City-style miracle, only six teams can win the 2018/19 Premier League title and Manchester City are very solid favourites at odds of 4/6 (bet365).
Pep Guardiola’s side won at a canter last term when accruing 100 points and many punters will be putting City into their accumulators for next season, with Riyad Mahrez having been added to the ranks this summer.
Leroy Sane was last season’s young player of the year and should continue to progress along with Raheem Sterling, while Kevin de Bruyne is capable of another scintillating season and it’s hard to oppose a team who score so many goals.
However, Liverpool might be inching a bit closer based on their Champions League exploits last term, with Jurgen Klopp having bolstered the squad this summer. It now appears that the Reds have far greater strength in depth.
Mohamed Salah will hope to build on an outstanding first season back in England, with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane competing with Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri for attacking spots within the team.
The arrival of Alisson Becker from Roma also looks the ticket, with William Hill offering 9/2 about the Merseyside club landing a long-awaited title and it appears that they have all the pieces of the jigsaw.
Meanwhile, there is doom and gloom at Old Trafford right now, with Jose Mourinho feeling glum at the lack of transfer activity within the Manchester United ranks as the season fast approaches.
The bookies are going cold on the Red Devils for the new campaign, with Paddy Power quoting 15/2 about United winning the Premier League title although they could be in a scrap when it comes to claiming a top four spot.
It’s certainly a tough battle to qualify for the Champions League these days, with Chelsea and Arsenal having new managers at the helm for the new season and it makes the landscape somewhat more unpredictable.
The Blues have replaced Antonio Conte with Maurizio Sarri and the bookies have reacted by cutting Chelsea’s odds on the outright market. William Hill are still dangling 14/1 for anyone who is interested, although their Italian coach might need time to rebuild the squad.
Similarly, Unai Emery is picking up the pieces of the Arsene Wenger legacy, with the Spaniard having enjoyed plenty of success at Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain. The Gunners look fairly sizeable at odds of 25/1 (Ladbrokes) to win the title under their new manager but it’s a big bridge to gap between themselves and City.
Tottenham Hotspur are trading at 14/1 with BetVictor and there’s no denying that they are one of the most attractive teams to watch in the Premier League, although whether they can truly compete is another matter.
Spurs have a host of World Cup stars returning late for the domestic season, with Harry Kane unlikely to feature in the opening games and there’s the new home syndrome which could see Tottenham take a while to adjust to life at the rebuilt White Hart Lane.
Premier League Relegation Betting
It’s a racing certainty that three teams will be relegated at the end of each Premier League season and there’s a fiendishly difficult puzzle to solve as we look at the runners and riders for the 2018/19 renewal.
We can ignore the top six in the division who will be battling it out for major and minor honours, while Everton under Marco Silva don’t look like a team who will struggle although the remaining thirteen sides are “fair dinkum” when it comes to picking out an unlucky trio.
Cardiff City are an obvious starting point. The Bluebirds are trading at odds-on across the board and William Hill have 4/5 about the Welsh side dropping back into the Championship.
Neil Warnock is clearly a better Championship manager than he is in the Premier League and this could be viewed as a bonus season in south Wales, with parachute money coming into the coffers if they do suffer the drop.
The other two promoted teams are given a bigger chance of succeeding, in particular Wolves who are regarded as a team likely to finish in the top half of the table come the final reckoning.
Wanderers are a lumpy 7/1 with Ladbrokes to be relegated, with the Midlands side recruiting Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho among others this summer. It appears they have a bright future in the top flight.
Fulham are a more modest outfit and that accounts for the fact that Paddy Power go 17/10 about the Cottagers being relegated, with Slavisa Jokanovic having never managed in the Premier League.
Huddersfield are a touch shorter to go down and it’s easy to see why. The Terriers have a minute budget compared to the majority of other teams in the division and there were several occasions where they were outclassed last term. William Hill go 5/4 that they are playing Championship football next season.
Brighton and Watford are both 2/1 with bet365 to suffer the drop although we much prefer the chances of the Hornets who continue to be managed by Javi Gracia for the time being. Richarlison has left for Everton and it will be interesting to see how the Hertfordshire club spend the money.
Burnley are 4/1 with Paddy Power and there’s the possibility of the Europa League being a distraction for the Clarets this time around, while Bournemouth certainly catch the eye at 5/1 (BetVictor) despite their successful efforts to remain in the top flight for the past three seasons.
Crystal Palace recovered from a slow start to stay up with ease last time out and that explains their 6/1 quote with BetVictor, while Newcastle, West Ham and Southampton are a slightly bigger price and the 17/2 (Paddy Power) about the Saints could give you a good run for your money.
Premier League Top Scorer Betting
Harry Kane is an obvious pick for Premier League top scorer, although the England captain might be delayed after the World Cup and that explains why bet365 are happy to lay 11/4 about the Tottenham forward.
Kane has scooped the Golden Boot in two of the past three seasons and also topped the charts in Russia, although he was pipped by Mohamed Salah last season after the Egyptian heroically managed to score 32 goals for Liverpool during his first season with the Merseyside club.
Salah is 6/1 with BetVictor to retain his mantle this time around although he’s another player who could miss early games and it might be that the Reds share the goals around this season thanks to the arrival of Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri.
Sergio Aguero is a third World Cup participant near the top of the market, although the Argentine didn’t overly exert himself in Russia and the Manchester City forward is no stranger to plundering goals in the Premier League. Each-way backers are likely to be nibbling on the 10/1 currently available with BetVictor.
However, we prefer the chances of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at odds of 8/1 (Paddy Power) and the Gabon forward seems to tick all available boxes ahead of the 2018/19 season. Namely that the Arsenal forward has scored bundles in the Bundesliga, he managed 11 in 15 for the Gunners last term and he’s going to start the season fresh as a daisy.
Romelu Lukaku is a 10/1 chance with bet365 and it isn’t so much that the Belgian might miss his team’s opening matches but more that Manchester United seem shackled by the negative tactics employed by Jose Mourinho, although the striker is clearly a class act.
Gabriel Jesus is a 12/1 shot with BetVictor although it might be a bit-part role for the young Brazilian, with other Manchester City players catching the eye. Raheem Sterling was high up the charts last term and he’s 66/1 (bet365) to outscore everyone else, while we might also see Leroy Sane explode and he’s also the same price with the same bookie.
If Eden Hazard remains on the books at Chelsea, then the 33/1 with William Hill could reward each-way backers, especially if Maurizio Sarri plays the Belgian in a more advanced role.
Jamie Vardy could end up rewarding each-way backers again at odds of 40/1 (bet365), although the chief concern is that he’s lost a main supplier in the form of Riyad Mahrez, with Marko Arnautovic (66/1 Ladbrokes) also falling into the bracket of someone operating for a club outside of the top six.
Alexis Sanchez is somewhat shorter at 33/1 with Paddy Power although the Chilean has not prospered since arriving at Manchester United and the same can be said of Alvaro Morata who is a 33/1 poke with bet365.
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