Monday, 25 July 2011

Premier League betting preview 2011/12

With the start of the Premier League season just around the corner now is the time to get all you season bets down with the bookmakers. The coming season looks an exciting and competitive one and one that certainly could through up a few surprises. So with this in mind we’ll be looking at all the betting for the season and try and find that extra bit of betting value to help win that little bit more from the bookies.

Probably the most popular betting market for season betting will be for the winner of the Premier League. This market is certainly more competitive than it has been down the years and the bookmakers are well aware of it. Currently, as many would expect, Manchester United are the bookmakers favourites with most of them offering 7/4 for Manchester United to lift the title. Although Paddy Power have decided to go alone and offer the best bookies odds of 9/5.

Chelsea are next in the running to win the Premier League and most bookies have them around the 5/2 mark although 3 bookmakers, Stan James, Victor Chandler and Coral bookies, are all offering the current best odds of 11/4. Will Chelsea be able to justify those odds? Well that is what will be an interesting topic that many will have already discussed, especially with a new young manager and the injury to Essien there could be some interesting times ahead for The Blues.

Third in the betting are a team that many people will be quietly fancying , last seasons FA Cup winners, Manchester City. The pressure will most definitely be on manager Roberto Mancini to get Manchester City in the fight to win the title with all the money they have spent. Although it does look like they will be without the services of Carlos Tevez they have the financial backing to buy an adequate replacement and the bookmakers are expecting Man City to be involved at the end of the season. The best betting odds for Manchester City to win the league are 4/1 that a few bookies are offering including Betfred and Coral bookies.

The bookmakers are suggesting that those 3 will be the main players in the race for the title as there is a bit of a gap in the odds to the next team in the betting, Arsenal. The Gunners have the best bookies odds of 9/1 with many bookmakers including William Hill and Blue Square, although they are as short as 7/1 with some bookies. Much of Arsenal’s chance does however revolve around whether they manage to keep hold of the Spaniard Cese Fabregas, with reports suggesting a move to Barcelona is on the cards.

A team we think might be a little outside bet is Liverpool. They have the Anfield legend Kenny Dalglish back in the hotseat and have splashed quite a bit of money about in the transfer window. Most of the bookies have Liverpool at 10/1 but Coral have stood out on their own and are offering the best odds of 11/1. That could be a very good bet as Coral bookies are also paying a third of the odds on each way bets if they finish in the top 2.

Realistically these 5 are just about all you can throw into the hat to actually win the title although it doesn’t mean there is not any value elsewhere to have. As mentioned with the Liverpool bet the bookmakers are offering each way terms of a third of the odds for a top 2 finish. This is where a little bet on Tottenham Hotspur could be worth a go. 50/1 is the best bookies odds on Spurs to win the league so if they manage to kick on from last season and break into the top 2 then that is superb betting value.

After Spurs the betting odds start to get a bit silly and to be fair not many people will really believe that the teams real can mount a serious challenge. Everton are pulling odds of 300/1 followed by Aston Villa with the best odds of 400/1. Then you start looking at really big prices with Newcastle and QPR both having the best odds of 2000/1. And if you really want to have a big price then look no further than either Norwich City or Swansea City to win the Premier League. Both Stan James and Bet365 are offering huge odds of 10,000/1 on either of those teams to upset the apple cart and win the title!

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