Pre-Season Betting Preview of English Premier League : Part 2
There are now less than two weeks until the start of the 2013/2014 English Premier League and the betting interest is heating up. In the last part of this betting preview we started to look at the three main contenders for the league – Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City – and discussed the three men in charge of these teams. In this part, we will look at the odds of each of these and their respective chances.
First up are last season’s champions, Manchester United. The pressure is certainly on new manager David Moyes after replacing the incredibly successful Alex Ferguson, and he will be expected to mount a serious challenge for the title. Despite their league win last year, most bookmakers have them as the outsiders of the three contenders for this season and their odds are averaging around 3.50.
Manchester United are always likely to be there or thereabouts for the Premier League title, but the fact is that a great deal of their success was down to Ferguson and there are no guarantees that Moyes will get as much out of the squad. At this moment in time they have not made any notable players signings and unless they do it is difficult to see them retaining their title.
Their neighbors, on the other hand, have made some impressive additions to their squad. Manchester City have done their transfer business early, adding four top quality players to their already talented pool of players. Striker Alvaro Negredo in particular will be expected to help them overcome the lack of goals that hindered them last year.
Manchester City are only slightly shorter than United, averaging around 3.20 with the bookies. Their new manager is untested in the Premier League so it is hard to recommend a bet on them. They will certainly be up there challenging though.
Finally we have Chelsea, last year’s third place finishers. Everyone involved with the club will be anticipating an improvement on that performance and the bookmakers seem inclined to agree. Like Manchester City, they are averaging around 3.20. The return of Jose Mourinho who has previously brought success to the club and is experienced in the English Premier League makes them the best bet in our eyes.
If you fancy going for more of a longshot, Arsenal (11.00) or Tottenham (34.00) are the most likely outsiders to mount a challenge. Realistically though, the winner is very likely to come from one of the three teams discussed above. Part three of this preview follows soon, in which we look at the relegation betting.
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