Premier League: Antepost Betting Preview

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PAUL POGBA, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jose Mourinho – three reasons why Man United should win the Premier League.

But it’s not going be that simple and two men likely to be standing in their way as Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte make their English managerial bows.

This season’s Premier League title race promises one of the best but it’s also one of the toughest to work out.

Mourinho hasn’t spent fortunes on Pogba, Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly to finish second but Guardiola didn’t leave Bayern for Man City for the runners-up spot.

And Conte hasn’t flitted from Italy to Chelsea to be a bit-part player.

But at the end of the season there will be one winner and two losers – assuming no one else is in the mix.

Leicester will go well again – and top six or seven would still be a success for the champions – and Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs will compete for the fourth Champions League spot.

Picking a winner out of the top three in the betting is almost impossible but if forced to back on it would be United simply because they’ve made the best buys.

If Ibrahimovic scores his quota and Pogba dominates in midfield they’ll be tough to stop. United are second favourites at 18-5 with sportingbet.

Guardiola won three titles at Barcelona and Bayern and his presence in the dugout can’t be underestimated. Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane are superb signings and the likes of Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva will improve under the Spanish boss. That’s why they are bookies favourites at 13-5 with Betfred.

Conte took Italy close to the Euro 2016 semi-finals after winning three titles at Juventus and like his rivals is a winner.

Their big capture is N’Golo Kante from Leicester but they’re a bit short up front which is why they’re desperate to re-sign Romelu Lukaku while Riyad Mahrez remains on their radar. Chelsea are 13-2 at Paddy Power but that will drop if they splash the cash.

Arsenal’s biggest signing is holding midfielder Granit Xhaka who will be big hit but that’s it at the moment and their main aim could be to again finish above Spurs.

Like all of their rivals Liverpool have a top foreign boss in their dugout but unlike the bi three it’s a second season in charge for Jurgen Klopp but his best chance of silverware will be in the cups.

Leicester have been boosted by Claudio Ranieri and Jamie Vardy signing new deals and while Kante has gone he’s been replaced by Nampalys Mendy and forward Ahmed Musa has looked good in pre-season.

Not sure how they’ll handle juggling Champions League football with their domestic chores but the good news for Foxes fans is: You’re not going down.

Vardy should be banging in the goals again and is worth a look each way at 18-1 with Paddy Power and Coral to top score. To top this market I’m looking at Aguero at 7-2 with firms such as Betfred and William Hill – if Pep can make him better he’s got some player on his hands.

At the other end of the table the three promoted sides are being tipped to go down – and all could. I’m sure Hull and Burnley will drop out but both are odds on while Middlesbrough, with the best chance of survival, are 9-4 at Paddy Power.

Hull look set to finish bottom and are 2-1 at McBookie and Betfred to do so

Of the rest the side I fear for most are Swansea who have just sold skipper Ashley Williams to Everton. They are 7-2 at Paddy Power.

Let’s hear your thoughts before the big kick-off on Saturday.

Bets to Consider

Chelsea ew (Paddy Power – 3 places)

Hull to finish bottom

Hull to be relegated

Burnley to be relegated

Aguero top scorer

Vardy top scorer ew

 

22 Comments
  1. Profile photo of km654321
    km654321 4 months ago

    Like the way u tipped Chelsea 😊tipped them also week back , great minds think alike 😎, hoping I’m wrong though , united will always b my team 😊

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    Johnb 4 months ago

    To think in premier league history Manchester United have spent £94 million more than Liverpool
    Man Utd 13 titles, Liverpool 0 titles
    liverpool have spent nearly one billion pounds

    Top four highest spending teams
    Man City £1,197,730,000
    Chelsea £1,195,199,000
    Man Utd £1,011,950,000
    Liverpool £917,805,000

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    maccathered 4 months ago

    Man utd are light years from winning the title and if you think they are in with a chance then you are more deluded than johnb and his hibs side especially with their europa league campaign coming up which could mean they play up to 80 games this season and for a team that does not have that much depth then it would be some achievment should they win it.Ferguson has gone now and the bookies and a lot of punters are living in the past we will see can’t see it myself.Now i notice only three managers mentioned mourihno as we now could lose his dressing room at any point as we seen with chelsea,speaking about chelsea conte looks like his side are going to be solid again after their park the bus game agianst liverpool pre season so expect a tight nit season from them and as for guardiola to win the league in his first season would be an tremendous acheivement but again can’t see it happening,and to state that klopps best could come in the cups well what a stupid statement to make considering liverpool have one of the fastest counter attacking sides in the premier league and with the new additions especially grujic they will there or there abouts come end of season,klopp hasn’t joined just to win domestic cups,he joined to win league titles and he is as good as any other manager.that is in the premier league.

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    Johnb 4 months ago

    Liverpool really 😂😂😂

    You can’t win a league title without a striker, that’s a fact

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    lifebhoy 4 months ago

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    km654321 4 months ago

    Liverpool to b close to winning league 😂i don’t think so

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      maccathered 4 months ago

      you think liverpool have recruited one of the top managers in world football to win the league cup??lol do you also think man utd will win the league on top of a gruelling europa campaign??mourihno to win the league in his first season in charge i doubt it very much.You think because you paid 93 million man utd will win the league haha what a waste f money and i would say juventus have done very good business for an overated midfielder.Klopp will win everything believe.

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    km654321 4 months ago

    Would be cautious about United’s chances but things seem to b coming together now and I reckon we will have a great chance , but I think Chelsea might sneak it . Hope I’m wrong though

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    km654321 4 months ago

    @mr-fixit, one of my mates reckons ibrahimovic has good chance of top scorer ? Any thoughts, ?
    I think he looks in the mood at the moment and will have a decent season ,
    starting to believe in united again , well worth a punt on them too.

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    Johnb 4 months ago

    maccathered come on then let’s have it, who is Liverpools number one striker

    You have
    Benteke
    Sturridge
    Origi
    Ings
    Balorelli

    Left out Mane because he is a right sided midfield not striker
    Klipity Klopp is saying Firmino will be upfront against Arsenal which proves my point, Liverpool don’t have a number one striker, Firmino is an attacking midfielder

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      Johnb 4 months ago

      *Balotelli*

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        maccathered 4 months ago

        Got to remember mate this team beat dortmund man utd and villareal last season i haven’t seen hibs or man utd come to that beat anyone like these teams in years!!!

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          Johnb 4 months ago

          Are those the best three teams you could find

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            maccathered 4 months ago

            Of course not i could add barcelona but that were only a friendly,we will be there or thereabouts come ned of season especially with no european football.

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    mattyg123 4 months ago

    Typical deluded Liverpool fan “it’s our year”
    Liverpool will have a brilliant season to finish top 4, klopp is a class manager, but top 4 would be a big achievement in my opinion

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    Johnb 4 months ago

    maccathered you didn’t answer my question,
    Who is Liverpools main striker,
    Every team that wins a league has a main striker

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    Johnb 4 months ago

    According to Arsene Wenger eight teams can win the Premier League,
    I would really love to hear his eight lol

    Arsenal will I was Giotto say let their fans down again but the majority of Arsenal fans are realistic now, Wenger once again has let the fans down in the transfer market and his inclusion as one of the worlds best managers is a joke, what has he done except ruin a good team

    Liverpool, squad nowhere near good enough, simple as that

    Tottenham decent squad but no strength in depth, should fight for top four but that’s it, I would love Tottenham to win it but I think last year was their chance

    Leicester did well last year and deserved the title, other teams underperformed but Leicester still got a good points total, champions league football will take its toll but they have strengthened and I think they have a better chance than Tottenham and Liverpool

    Chelsea again squad not good enough, they still need to spend big

    Manchester United have strengthened well and it’s not just Zlatan, Pogba, Mkhitaryan and Bailley but the likes of Rashford is a year older, Martial has a season in the Premier League under his belt and will be better

    Man City looks a decent manager but he has only done it a teams that were already great, Barcelona and Bayern didn’t need much changing and this will be a bigger test for him, I am not convinced he is or will be a great but we will see

    My top ten finishing order

    (1) Man Utd
    (2) Man City
    (3) Chelsea
    (4) Leicester
    (5) Arsenal
    (6) Tottenham
    (7) West Ham
    (8) Liverpool
    (9) Sunderland
    (10) Middlesbrough

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      Johnb 4 months ago

      May as well put the full league up

      (11) Everton
      (12) Stoke
      (13) Crystal Palace
      (14) Burnley
      (15) Hull
      (16) Bournemouth
      (17) Southampton
      (18) West Brom
      (19) Swansea
      (20) Watford

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        kyle b 4 months ago

        Burnley to finish 14th???? Thats ambitious given our current summer business, we are in desperate need of a quality central midfielder now Joey Barton has gone to Rangers. Totally ran the show for us last year in the Championship. Swansea at home is a must win game for us, 2-3 Quality signings are a MUST before the window shuts

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