Premier League

Premier League – Betting Tips

It’s nearly back, the Premier League season is about to kick off in a week’s time with Manchester United hosting Leicester City at home on Friday for the opening game. This summer it has been easier to fill the void usually left when the Premier League comes to an end, with amazing weather across the UK and an exhilarating World Cup in Russia keeping football fans entertained.

However, with only week to go, all of us are excited to once again hear that Match Of The Day soundtrack on our TV’s every Saturday night. Our betting preview takes a look at the teams who we think will be the challengers for the title, the surprise package and who looks most likely to be heading down to the Championship at the end of the season.

Title Challengers

Let’s start with last year’s title winning team: Manchester City (8/11 -favourites). After a first season with some ups and downs under Per Guardiola, the Citizens got into full steam in season two under the tiki taka master. They cruised their way to the title, beating second place rivals Manchester United by an incredible 19 points, playing attacking and at times mesmerising football. Check out these record-breaking stats: 32 wins, 106 goals scored and second most clean sheets (18). They have also kept most of their squad together (Yaya Toure OUT) and bought experienced Algerian wing wizard Riyad Mahrez, which only adds to their already talented team. It is a scary prospect of thinking what this evolving City side can do in their third season under Guardiola. Prediction: 1st

Jose Mourinho has his work cut out in his third season at Manchester United (10/1). His career history predicts that Mourinho will suffer from a meltdown and resign. However, we feel that Jose is criticised too often by the media together with high expectations from the fans who were so used to winning titles and free flowing football under Sir Alex Ferguson. We shouldn’t forget that despite winning no silverware last season, they finished with their highest points, wins and goals tally since 2013 (and best defence in the league). There is a foundation for United to build on with a mix of experienced and young players and the addition of Brazilian dynamo Fred from Shaktar Donetsk. Hopefully Mourinho will loosen the shackles and allow his talented squad play with joy and more individual freedom. Pogba, Lukaku, Sanchez and Martial can all be game changers on their day, but to challenge for the title their consistency will be key after suffering from many draws away from home last season. The pressure is on Jose, will he crack or will he deliver? Prediction: 2nd

Liverpool (4/1) enjoyed their best season in years by finishing third in the league and playing the Champions League final against Real Madrid. Jurgen Klopp has brought a real buzz back to Anfield and the mood is very optimistic to build on what was delivered last year. Liverpool were scintillating at times last season, no more so than in their games against City in the Champions League where they produced a master class in counter attacking football. The devastating front three of Salah, Firminho and Sane has been kept together and Shaqiri has joined the club. Liverpool have had a very productive transfer window with the additions of Fabino, Shaqiri, Allison and Keita. All four players will only strengthen the squad despite the loss of Emre Can to Juventus. The fact that they have found a seemingly solid goalkeeper will give their back line a boost and Keita has looked a formidable player in pre-season. Their style of football suits Europe and we believe they go far once again in the Champions League. The issue with Liverpool is lacking concentration against smaller opponents and we think that this will be a returning factor next season in the league as it has been for many years. Prediction: 3rd

Tottenham (16/1) will suffer the worst from the World Cup at the start of the season with nine players making it to the final four of the tournament. However, fans will be looking forward to seeing Spurs play in their flashy new ground after a season at Wembley. What is a worry is that the club has not spent in the summer window whilst all their rivals have and they will be without fan favourite Son for some time (Asia Cup). This lack of investment will not allow Pochettino to improve his squad, which will only stall their progress for another season. A good Cup run is their only chance at a trophy and that might not be enough to keep their talented manager away from Real Madrid next summer. Prediction: 4th

This leaves us with the best of the rest. Arsenal (22/1) have finally started a new chapter in their history with the appointment of Unai Emery, Arsenal have finally started their long-term plan of building the club based on a continental model with a team of experts behind the scenes. Despite Mikel Arteta being closely linked with the job, Arsenal decided to go for the experience and winning mentality of Emery. His biggest successes were at Sevilla where he won three consecutive Europe Leagues. He has added several new players to the core of the team: Stephan Lichtsteiner (RB), Bernd Leno (GK), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (CB) and Lucas Torreira (CM). We think that Arsenal will need a season of rebuilding post Wenger and possibly have a stab at the Europe League again. Prediction: 5th

Chelsea have replaced head coach Antonio Conte with another Italian in Sarri. The ex-Napoli manager has the utmost respect from Pep Guardiola, who praised his style of football last season. It is fair to say that his Napoli side were entertaining and good to watch, but will he be able to recreate that in the Premier League with Chelsea? Chelsea seem like a club in disarray with owner Abramovich pulling the plug on plans for a new stadium due to visa issues. They have bought pretty poor in recent seasons with failed transfers the likes of Ross Barkley, Danny Drinkwater, Alvaro Morata to name just a few. They have bought Brazilian pass master Jorghino, who played under Sarri at Napoli, to partner Ngolo Kante in midfield. Prediction: 6th

Betting Tips

Winner: Manchester City (8/11)

Champions League: Barcelona (13/2)

FA Cup: Manchester United (7/1)

Relegation: Brighton (5/2), Huddersfield (11/10), Crystal Palace (5/1) 

Top Goalscorer: Mohammed Salah (6/1)

Surprise of the season: West Ham 7th (6/5)

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Premier League Opening Fixtures

Friday 10 August 2018
Man Utd
Leicester
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Saturday 11 August 2018
Newcastle
Spurs
AFC Bournemouth
Cardiff
Fulham
C Palace
Huddersfield
Chelsea
Watford
Brighton
Wolves
Everton
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Sunday 12 August 2018
Liverpool
West Ham
Southampton
Burnley
Arsenal
Man City
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Credit: https://www.theguardian.com/football/premierleague/fixtures