With England’s premier football competition set to kick off in a few weeks, it is time to look at the odds for the 2014/2015 season. Online casinos and betting sites all over the world will be setting up their odds for this competition. The usual suspects are among the favorites to win the title, but there are plenty of interesting talking points for gamblers enthusiastic about football. The key to betting on the outright winner of a competition is to get value for money. Here are some tips on betting for this season’s Premier League.
Outright Winner Bets
The odds set out by English online casinos and betting sites show that four or five teams are given a chance to win this year’s Premier League. Chelsea are the favorites, at 15/8, while last season’s champions Manchester City are at 12/5. They may have finished 7th last season, but Manchester United are third favorites at 9/2. Arsenal are at 6/1, while Liverpool are 11/1. Straight away, the odds for Chelsea do not seem appealing. They may be the favorites, but in reality all these teams are capable of winning. Choosing a team to bet on means picking the most attractive odds.
Among these teams, the odds for Arsenal at 6/1 are the most appealing. This is the same team that led the league for large portions of last season. A collapse in March and April saw them slip to fourth. However, they have strengthened in the summer by adding Alexis Sanchez, David Ospina, Mathieu Debuchy and recalling Joel Campbell. Further buys are expected. Arsenal have not won the Premier League since 2003/2004, but this is the best equipped they have been since that season.
Two other teams with tempting odds are Manchester United (9/2) and Liverpool (11/1). Liverpool came second last season, so is it logical to expect them to go one better? No. They lost their best player in Luis Suarez, which means they are unlikely to have such a strong showing this season.
Manchester United were horrendous last season, but are under a new manager (Louis van Gaal). New signings are also expected, with Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw already arriving in June. They boast a great attacking trio in Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie. Those three are worthy members of a title winning team. However, United have too much rebuilding to do. It cannot be done in one season, especially with a new manager at the helm. 9/2 are great odds on a team that lives off winning Premier League titles, but United would be too risky a bet.
Top Goalscorer Odds
Sergio Aguero, Robin van Persie (both 9/2), Daniel Sturridge (5/1), Diego Costa (7/1) and Wayne Rooney (10/1) are the five most fancied to win this award. Out of these players, the odds on Sturridge and Costa are the most appealing. Aguero and van Persie are huge names, but both have patchy injury records. The odds on either playing 30+ Premier League games this season is slim, which is why they represent poor value for a bet. On the other hand, Sturridge and Costa are very reliable in terms of fitness.
With Suarez gone from Liverpool, Sturridge will have even more goalscoring responsibility on his shoulders. Costa is Chelsea’s no.1 striker. A supporting cast of Oscar, Fabregas, Willian and Schurrle should provide him plenty of chances. At 5/1 and 7/1, either of these two make a solid pick for top goalscorer.+