The new Premier League season is rapidly approaching and having looked at the top end of the table and who might well lead the scoring charts this term, we have just enough time before a ball is kicked to delve into the many side markets that have been priced up in the division.
As ever heading into a Premier League campaign there are a huge number of markets available for punters to go at ranging from finishing positions to player bets and a whole load more. Here is what we like this term.
The first market which grabs our fancy is the relegation market. If the market and indeed the many previews out there are to be believed, Luton Town need not bother turning up this season but even if those projections are played out to be true, and I’m far from convinced that will be the case, there are still two relegation spots up for grabs and a host of sides who will have their eyes looking over their shoulders.
I actually think Sheffield United are more of a certainty to go down than Luton are, although that is equally reflected in the prices and I’m not going to tie up a wedge of cash on a 4/6 shot over nine months. The obvious other candidate are Wolverhampton Wanderers and it is hard to see much upside from them but at 5/2 I think Nottingham Forest are classic second season syndrome candidates for the drop. The tick every box to me. They have a basket case owner who could get trigger happy at any point or get too involved and make a daft decision and this is a team who really rely too heavily on Morgan Gibbs-White and Brennan Johnson for my liking. The latter is rumoured to be interesting the big boys which won’t be ideal while should the former get injured Forest could struggle. I don’t think it would take much in the way of a slow start for Forest to get panicky and sack Steve Cooper and with Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City in their first six games it is hard to see the Tricky Trees hitting the ground running. They are classic candidates for it all to go spectacularly wrong at 5/2.
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Top 6 Finish
The other market which catches my eye is the top six finish one where the usual suspects are all among the pretty short prices but I think there is value in one team to gatecrash the party. The top six last year were Manchester City, Arsenal, Newcastle United, Manchester United, Liverpool and Brighton and Hove Albion. Teams who will be looking to force their way into that band include Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur but I think there is one other team to keep onside.
That is Aston Villa, the team who finished seventh last season, and who have clearly improved in terms of signings in the summer. Moussa Diaby, Pau Torres and Youri Tielemans have all arrived in the summer and there is still time for further strengthening for the Villans. The other thing to consider is that Villa finished seventh last term with Steven Gerrard dragging them down for the first third of the campaign. Unai Emery is a massive upgrade on him and with natural improvement with him coaching a full season and better players coming in, the 11/4 on Villa to finish in the top six looks good to me.
Back Nottingham Forest to be relegated for a 2/10 stake at 3.50 with Boylesports
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Back Aston Villa Top 6 Finish for a 2/10 stake at 3.75 with William Hill
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