As the new English Premier League season so does a punters interest
in the ante-post markets peak. In this first installment we bring you a preview of the frontrunners in the Outright Winner market.
Its no surprise that last year's winners Chelsea head the betting markets at 2.62 (available at Coral and Paddy Power). Whilst they haven't captured the headlines in the transfer market they have added wisely to an already strong squad in the form of Falcao (33/1 top scorer with Bet365) on loan and Begovic from Stoke. Chelsea showed how adept they were at dominating last year and it seems the bookmakers expect that to remain the case by giving them a 38% chance of retaining the trophy.
Next in the betting are Manchester City generally available at 3.75 across the board including at Stan James and Bet365. It seems after an initial bout of sole searching Pellegrini has been allowed to remain at the helm and has wasted no time in spending big. Raheem Sterling (80/1 top scorer with William Hill and Betfair Sportsbook) is the pick of the bunch at a reputed £49 million. Fabian Delph (80/1 with Skybet for PFA player of the year) also made the headlines when he eventually joined from Aston Villa for £8 million and was unfortunately stretchered off in his first pre-season game.
Arsenal come in as third favorites with a pricetag of 5.5 available across the board (Paddy Power, Ladbrokes, Stan James amongst others). Arsene Wenger has lived up to his thrifty reputation by only bringing in one notable signing: Chelsea legend Peter Cech (100/1 Skybet PFA player of the year). However with the forward line of Giroud (25/1 Skybet top scorer), Sanchez (20/1 Sportingbet/Coral) and Ozil (6/1 most assists 888sport) its hard not to see them in the reckoning.
Big spending Manchester United are 4th in line at odds of 6.5 with Ladbrokes. Louis van Gaal has been given free reign of the purse strings. Memphis Depay (28/1 top scorer with Skybet), Bastian Schweinsteiger (33/1 with Betfred and Paddy Power for the PFA award) and Morgan Schneiderlin (50/1 most assists Paddy Power) are the incoming highlights. With the departure of Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney has a chance to play as an out and out striker. He is one of the favourites in the top scorer markets as a result with 16/1 available with a number of bookmakers including BetVictor)