The English Premier League is the world’s greatest football league, as viewing figures and worldwide fans prove. One reason that it’s so amazing to watch is that it isn’t dominated by the same team year after year (are you listening, Germany and France?) and upsets are never far away. That makes it a great league to bet on as well if you can find the outsiders that deliver at big odds. We’re well into the new EPL season now, and that makes it a perfect time to look at three betting markets that could leave you feeling like a winner when the season ends.
Premier League Champions
Last year’s EPL title race went to the wire, with both Manchester City and Liverpool in with a chance of winning on the final day. City were triumphant, of course, and were hot odds on favourites to win again this year, but the opening two months have turned the title race on its head. Liverpool march on undefeated as the Citizens stumble, so if you fancy Pep’s men to make a recovery you can get much bigger odds than you might imagine. You can get even better value by using the Betfair Free Bets and other offers available via the Freebet Up website. Search for reviews, offers, and more. It means you could still win with the title winners without having to risk your cash.
Whilst it looks like being between Liverpool and City for the title, again, the relegation race looks like being one of the most fiercely contested in years. That’s largely because the three promotion sides show all the signs of putting up a real fight. Sheffield United are looking right at home in the top flight, whilst Norwich and Aston Villa are attack-minded teams who can catch anyone out on their day, just ask Manchester City fans. That brings other teams into the equation like Brighton, Bournemouth, and even Newcastle United – with Rafa a distant memory, could the Toon be heading down? With so many contenders for relegation, generous odds are easily found.
Top Four Finish
Do you remember when you could predict who the top four would be at the start? Those days are long gone, and on early season form, Leicester City and even teams like West Ham United could gate-crash the Champion’s League spots. Arsenal is looking stronger, but retain their irritating inconsistency, whilst Spurs have had a torrid start to the season. Of course, the biggest story of all is Manchester United’s continued fall from grace. Ole is at the wheel, but have the wheels come off? If you think that United could still make the top four, you could get odds that would have seemed unthinkable in the summer.
There are plenty of other Premier League markets to consider on a season and game week basis, but we think it’s in these three classic markets that real value can be found. Remember to bet with your head rather than simply following an allegiance to a team you support. Patterns are being set right now in the EPL, and the clues could lead you to a winning strategy.
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