The Barclays Premier League kicks off this Saturday so fans of the EPL betting odds don’t have to wait any longer as the most exciting league in the world gets underway.
A new era awaits Champions Manchester United as David Moyes now occupies the managerial hot seat at Old Trafford. Expectations are high as the Scotsman attempts to continue United’s dominance of the Premier League so successfully established under Sir Alex Ferguson. Moyes inherits United’s title winning squad intact, but the end of the transfer window approaches without a stellar signing arriving.
Fellow title chasers Manchester City and Chelsea also begin the new campaign with a change of manager. Jose Mourinho will be on familiar ground returning to Stamford Bridge, but new City boss Manuel Pellegrini needs to get to grips with managing in England for the first time.
Pellegrini has wasted no time in splashing the cash, swooping for Spanish internationals Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo, and spending around £30m on exciting Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho. City conceded the fewest league goals last season but came up short up-front in their first defence of the Premier League title, so they will look to the new faces to make an early impact.
Chelsea finished last season with Europa League glory and Mourinho has added to an already impressive squad by signing German international midfielder André Schürrle and Dutch youngster Marco van Ginkel. Mourinho won two Premier League titles with Chelsea in 2005 and 2006, and several of the old guard remain a potent force at the Bridge. Football odds supporters will therefore expect the Blues to mount a strong title challenge.
Elsewhere in the capital, Arsenal and Tottenham are contenders for one of the top four places. Arsene Wenger continues to mould young and exciting teams but has yet to open the chequebook this summer and, much to the Gunners fans’ frustration, rivals Spurs have not held back in the transfer market. Andre Villas-Boas has spent a reported £50m on Brazilian playmaker Paulinho, Spanish striker Roberto Soldado and Belgian midfielder Nacer Chadli.
The start of a new season is always greeted with optimism on Merseyside. Liverpool, under Brendan Rodgers’ guidance, showed signs of great promise last time out, but in his second term, Rodgers will need to deliver a competitive challenge for a top four spot, something the Reds have been unable to achieve in the past four campaigns. Everton can only claim one top four finish in the history of the Premier League, in 2004-05, but new boss Roberto Martinez should win admirers if he brings his own brand of stylish football to Goodison Park.
It is no surprise that the three promoted clubs - Cardiff City, Crystal Palace and Hull City - are the favourites in the football odds for relegation, but the trio will be encouraged by Southampton and West Ham United, who avoided an immediate return to the Championship last term. Cardiff have declared their intentions by announcing some big money signings as they look forward to the Premier League’s first ever South Wales derby against arch rivals Swansea City.
For the other Premier League clubs like Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, Norwich City, Fulham and Stoke City, survival is key, whilst Newcastle United and Sunderland will battle it out for their own bragging rights in the North-East.
The Top Goalscorer market is always popular in the EPL betting odds, with the current favourite Robin van Persie. The Dutchman is aiming for three seasons in a row as top marksman. He struck 26 times last campaign, ahead of Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale, who were the only other players to notch over 20 league goals. This year, the threat to Van Persie’s crown could come from Sergio Aguero, Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke as well as the aforementioned duo.