MAN UTD have made the sexiest signings but Chelsea are likely to retain their Premier League title.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay should be brilliant buys for Louis van Gaal but the Blues boast the best boss in the division in Jose Mourinho.

Love or him hate him the Portuguese poser is so competitive and crafty he’s worth 8-10 points over his rivals … and that could be crucial in what promises to be a closer race than last season.

United could be Chelsea’s closest challengers with Man City and Arsenal not too far behind.

My one concern about the Stamford Bridge men is up front. Diego Costa made a quickfire start last season before his dodgy hammys sidelined him for key matches.

He’s still suffering so Radamel Falcao may have to step up to the plate and he’ll be keen to prove he’s still got it after his sorry spell at Old Trafford last season.

Loic Remy’s a decent deputy but not the main man and of course Mourinho could strengthen before the window shuts.

So I’m on Chelsea at a best 7-4 with Ladbrokes and William Hill and Man United eachway at 11-2 with Ladbrokes.

Arsenal will be probably the usual Arsenal – beating lesser teams and struggling against title rivals. They’ve won two out of 16 against the top five in the past two seasons and that’s a staggering stat.

They won’t concede as many with Petr Cech between the sticks and will be boosted by Sunday’s Community Shield win over Chelsea but another cup success is likely to be their achievement.

Manuel Pellegrini has somehow survived at City and has madly spent £49millon on Raheem Sterling while Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph is another not usually associated with such a super-rich and ambitious outfit. If Sergio Aguero is crocked they’ve got no chance of mounting a challenge.

And what of Liverpool who have brought in the likes of Christian Benteke, James Milner, Nathaniel Clyne and Roberto Firmino. All look decent additions but none have a superstar tag.

Liverpool look destined to finish fifth … and that will be time up for Brendan Rodgers.

As far as the fight to beat the drop goes three promoted clubs are favourites to return to the Championship but at least one and maybe two should survive.

Watford have brought in 10 players and a new manager in Quique Sanchez Flores who helped revive Atletico Madrid.
How he will cope in a drop fight is anyone’s guess.

Norwich have added a couple of experienced players but they go probably depends on Alex Neil who so far has been the man with the Midas touch in management north and south of the border.

I reckon Watford and Norwich will survive but Bournemouth could pay for a lack of signings and a side that boasts virtually no Premier League experience.

Other sides I fear for include Aston Villa, Sunderland, West Ham and Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester.

However, it’s a fight that could go to the wire and if Bournemouth, 6-4 with Paddy Power to return to the Championship, have survived I’ll be surprised.

I commented last week about my title choices for the lower leagues and I’m on Middlesbrough (6-1, Coral), Wigan ew (13-2, bet365) and Portsmouth (4-1, William Hill, Ladbrokes).

I planned to do a big write-up on all three but I’d picked them before buying the Racing Post pullout or checking out the excellent previews at WeLoveBetting.

All my teams are featured there by one or more people and instead of spending hours on anteposts which I’m not a massive fan due to the waiting time I’ve been concentrating on daily tips for the site and the Daily Record.

Meanwhile, it’s TV heaven this weekend with all of the title contenders on the small screen – as well as Liverpool.

It of course all kicks off with Man United v Spurs at 12.45pm and let’s hope it’s a cracking start.

There will be no David de Gea or Bastian Schweinsteiger for United but Wayne Rooney will be up front and on the penalties and a target for first-scorer hunters at 4-1 with Ladbrokes.

Last season’s top scorer – and remember he started out as a 250-1 no-hoper – Harry Kane is 7-1 to get off to a flier with the opening goal while Memphis Depay, who netted 39 last season for PSV, is 7-4 at 888sport to net at any time.

Man Utd should win but both to score at 17-20 with Ladbrokes looks the best bet.

After the 3pm starts I’ll be in the office and keeping a close eye on Chelsea as they launch their title defence at home to Swansea.

They are no bigger than 4-11 at the likes of Ladbrokes and should win. I expect Eden Hazard to have a huge season and he could be worth a first-scorer punt at 5-1 with Paddy Power or what about the evergreen John Terry at 20-1 with Ladbrokes.

The Swans haven’t won a point at Stamford Bridge since returning to the top flight and another side with a poor record against their hosts are West Ham at Arsenal on Sunday.

They have lost five in a row at the Emirates and the Gunners look a good thing at 3-10 with various firms.

TV Treble: Man Utd v Spurs btts, Chelsea, Arsenal (5-2, Ladbrokes)

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  1. Sean Ireland 3 years ago

    ANTEPOST BETTING THOUGHTS {Repost from 27th July}
    PREM LG WINNERS CHELSEA @ 13/8 Paddy Power
    Hard to look past the holders again this season with a strong squad of disiplined players who are able to build on the fact that they know each others strengths plus a manager second to none in building a wiining mentality.They completed last season with just 3 defeats from 38 games a total far beyond their closest rivals last term City and Arsenal who both amassed 7 defeats each,both have added to their squads but not enough to overhaul a Chelsea team that won by 8 points despite rarely getting into top gear after christmas and who also won 15/19 homes losing none and conceding just 9 goals.
    Boro were unlucky not to qualify last season and boasted by far the best defense in the lg conceding 8 less than secong best defense and lg winners Bournemouth.Boro boasted joint top home record winning 15/23 losing just 3 and conceding just 12 times.Boro have signed some very strong looking players so far this summer,Stewart Downing could still be a top flight star but chose to drop down a division, the capture of Uruguay striker Stuani from Espanyol a player very strong in the air who should vastly improve Boros goal scoring stats this season and have strengthened defense further in adding Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas on a season-long loan deal. Boro look even stronger than last season so its hard to favour anyone above them.
    Id add the above to the usual suspects of:
    ABERDEEN W/O CELTIC @ 8/11 Skybet
    and at less than favourable odds,Bayern,PSG and Dundalk.

    LEAGUE 1
    Wigan look to have a good squad with the likes of Max Power a cracking young player signed in July from Tranmere in midfield,Will Grigg from Brentford who scored 20 goals last season on loan at MK Dons and Craig Davies from Bolton. Wigan to be promoted @ 5/2 Skybet.
    LEAGUE 2
    Two teams im looking at in lg 2 are Portsmouth and Luton Pompey manager Paul Cook has been able to attract several League 1 calibre players including Michael Doyle, Gary Roberts, Adam Barton and Adam McGurk this should be enough to ensure they will be thereabouts at the top come seasons end.
    Luton are also showing their intent having poached the likes of Danny Green and Josh McQuoid from the higher divisions and were just three points outside the play-off places last season following promotion from the Conference the season before,i can see them really pushing for promtion this time.
    Portsmouth to be promoted @ 5/6 Paddy Power.
    Luton to be promoted @ 9/4 Titanbet

  2. Martin 3 years ago

    Bournemouths lack of signings!

  3. kriscy 3 years ago

    Hello guys, i wish to all a winning year.
    Good luck.
    Thanks mr F.

  4. kriscy 3 years ago

    My antepost bettings:

    Italy – Juventus
    Spain – Barca
    Holland – Ajax
    England – Man utd / Arsenal (2 bets)

    Also Bayern Munich, PSG, Olympiakos P.

    Bundeslinga first scorer: Lewandowski

    Team first scorer: Ajax – Milik


  5. AGD 3 years ago

    My picks
    Prem Chelsea
    Champ Middlesborough
    1st Swindon
    2nd Bristol Rovers
    Nat lea Grimsby

    To be promoted
    Champ Burnley
    1st Wigan
    2nd Luton
    Nat lea Forest Green

  6. Beachbum 3 years ago

    Bournemouth’s lack of signings
    Have I missed something.

  7. Hellobad 3 years ago

    Anyone else thinking villa at 3/1 to get relegated is a great price? Since they signed Benteke they have scored 105 goals and he scored 45 of them. As well as that they’ve lost delph who was their most consistant player last year. The fact they struggled last year with them and have bought no one in to improve their squad I’d put them closer to evens.

  8. JamieY 3 years ago

    Don’t usually comment much but I felt I had to as I am surprised no-ones mentioned leyton orient to go up and Swindon. Backing them each way but surely worth a punt with their big odds.

  9. Beachbum 3 years ago

    Bournemouth at least 6 new signings.
    Have to agree with you Martin might not have spent what the big clubs spend but 8 million and 6 million on the first 2 on the list for a club that nearly went out of business a few years ago that is a lot of signings .

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