Betting on the Barclays Premier League early might be an excellent idea for smart football punters.
The Barclays Premier League 2014/2015 season kicks off in a month’s time with Manchester United v Swansea fixture on August 16th at Old Trafford. The first matchday is spread over 3 days from Saturday until Monday. Punters are already putting money down under British gambling laws on who’s going to win the title next season.
The season after the World Cup is always interesting, with lots of transfers preceding the kick off during summer. While the transfer window is still open, there are already clear favorites to win the title at the majority of online sportsbooks in the United Kingdom.
But as experience tells us, those who bet on sports in the United Kingdom are not always right picking their favorites. Just remember the fresh example of Champions Manchester United ending up in 7th spot at the end of last season and missing out on participating in the European Cups.
The current favorites
Football punters take advantage of early pre-season odds on the Premier League winner
• Online sportsbooks in the United Kingdom already have a favorite
• Betting on Liverpool to win the crown is a very valuable wager
• With a month left to go until the start of the season, betting is intensifying
Following the best value World Cup bets, wagering on Premier League season outcome is one of the most interesting markets for football punters right now. Chelsea seem to be carrying out the best transfer activity now, and that’s why they are the favorites to win the title with 2.87 odds, something they haven’t done 2009-2010 season.
Reigning champions, Manchester City, are second in line to win the crown again with 3.25 odds from Bet365. The other Manchester club – United – are looking to forget last season’s disaster and win this time around with 6.00 odds. Arsenal got a title at last in 2014 – but it was the FA Cup, and the Premier League title has eluded Arsene Wenger since 2003-2004 season.
The Gunners got a line of 7.00 to finally grab their 14th title. Liverpool may have lost Luis Suarez to Barcelona, but they got decent odds of 10.00 to lift the title next May. The rest of the field is simply too far away to even be considered, the closest club is Tottenham with 67.00 odds to win the title.
What is the best bet at this point and why
While betting on one of the favorites at this point is a pretty smart move for any punter, there seems to be one club with very undervalued potential. And it’s Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool. According to the manager, the Reds will still be in contention for the crown despite the loss of Suarez for a reported sum of GBP 70 million.
Brendan Rodgers had the following comments about Suarez leaving the club: “The sale of Suarez does not lessen our ambition,’ he said. ‘We thank Luis for his contribution here but we move on, looking for the right players. We’ll go and do our best. Our best last year nearly won us the title.”
Rodgers was quick to take steps to offset the sale of the Uruguayan striker grabbing the likes of Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana from Southampton, Benfica’s Lazar Markovic, and Bayern Leverkusen Emre Can. This gives the necessary boost to the team, and the current line of 10.00 on the Reds to win the title seems pretty generous not to take it.
Liverpool have kicked off their pre-season with a defeat to Danish Brondby, but Rodgers mostly played their youngsters in that fixture. The majority of the Reds are still enjoying their holidays following the World Cup in Brazil.
Looking at how confident Rodgers is, it’s hard to understand why the bookies are not agreeing with him and giving the Reds rather long odds. However, it’s good news for the punters, who can now take full advantage of the attractive odds given on Liverpool winning the title they narrowly missed last season.
And then again the top 3 of the favorites feature Manchester United, a team which quite frankly didn’t live up to expectations last season.
Other interesting pre-season betting odds
Well, Luis Suarez won the top goalscorer award for both the Premier League and Europe, but he will only be able to repeat this in La Liga next season. The bookies in the United Kingdom are now favoring Man City’s Sergio Aguero to win the award with 5.00 odds, with Daniel Sturridge from Liverpool and Robin Van Persie from Man United going next with 6.00 odds each.
Diego Costa of Chelsea is next in line with 8.00, followed by Wayne Rooney from Man United priced at 11.00. Man City’s Edin Dzeko, and now Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez are next with 17.00 odds each. Gunner Olivier Giroud and Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku follow with 21.00 odds each. Swansea’s Wilfried Bony, Man City’s Alvaro Negredo, and Yaya Toure got 26.00 odds each to become the Premier League’s top scorers.
Another interesting set of odds is given for the top newcomer to Premier League. Leicester received 2.00 odds, followed by QPR at 2.62, and Burnley had to settle for 5.00 to finish better than the other two. Top 6 finish odds are also quite interesting if we leave out the favorites. Southampton who did very well last season, but failed to get into the top 6 got 10.00 odds to do so this time around. Newcastle are priced at 13.00 to do the same, while Stoke received 15.00 odds to grab one of the top 6 spots.