Putting an end to the wait of all football fans, the new season of the English Premier League gets started this weekend. This year the action begins a week earlier than usual as the year culminates in Euro 2016 action. Over the season, 20 teams will vie for honors over 38 games for each side.
Last year, the season ended with Chelsea annexing the title under Jose Mourinho. Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United finished in Champions League qualification places. The three teams that got relegated to the Championship were Queens Park Rangers (QPR), Burnley and Hull City.
These three sides will be replaced in the top tier by Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich. None of these will want to get back to the Championship immediately, so expect them to put a tough fight to stay away from relegation. And at the top end of the table, Liverpool, Tottenham and Southampton will try to topple the top four and move into Champions League qualification places.
Chelsea remains hot favorites to retain the title but their hopes rest high on the fitness of Diego Costa. The Spanish striker is out of the first game and Mourinho will hope that his troublesome hamstring will not flare often this year. At odds of $2.50 at CrownBet, they are bookie favorites too.
Arsene Wenger overcame one of his hoodoos by putting one past Mourinho in the Community Shield. He would love to erase the hurt of a decade by winning the Premier League. However, it won’t be easy and Wenger would hope that his side can mount a sustained title challenge. Odds of $4.75 at CrownBet are being put on the Gunners.
Manchester City are desperate to prove that their success is not a ‘flash in the pan’. Apart from improving their European credentials, the mandate is to annex the Premier League title. At the moment, though, Manuel Pellegrini looks mired in uncertainty to lead his squad to a title. Citizens are offered odds of $3.75 at CrownBet for the title win.
Manchester United is at crossroads as the club is still coming to terms with life beyond Sir Alex Ferguson. The summer signings should give them an edge, but only if the new players integrate quickly to the new environment and league. Red Devils are tipped to be winners at odds of $6.00 at CrownBet.
Away from the top four, Liverpool, Tottenham and Southampton will hope to sneak into the Champions League qualification mix. Not to be left without mentioning, all sides will hope to steer clear of relegation.
EPL football is fascinating to watch because fan loyalties transcend national boundaries. With the league boasting many world stars, EPL is definitely one of the most followed football leagues in the world. And the new season promises to be as enthralling as ever.
If you are betting on the EPL this weekend, look no further than these great EPL betting promotions!
This one from CrownBet looks great - get $6 as a boosted multi for the 'big four' to win. Max bet is $50 meaning you willl get $300 back if Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City all win!
The usual Sportsbet promo returns that sees punters placing a 4+ leg EPL multi get their CASH BACK up to $100 if just one leg fails! Applies to win-draw-win multis. Get around it!
This one from Ladbrokes applies to the Man United V Tottenham game - if you the team you back to win scores first, but lose in normal time, get CASH BACK up to $100!
Another 'multi insrance' one from William Hill with this one unique in that you will get MONEY BACK if you get at least 2 legs right in a four leg multi!
Make sure to read full terms and conditions of any betting promotion before placing any bets.
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