Premier League Season – 4 to Watch

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

After the Olympics kindly occupied us for a few weeks, the ‘big one’ is back on Saturday, as Manchester City look to become only the third club in Premier League history to retain the title.

City are 5/4 with Bet365 to do so, but we can’t help our interest in the 5/2 Ladbrokes are offering on neighbours Manchester United. On the seven occasions United have lost out on the title, they’ve won it back immediately five times. City will surely go further in the Champions League this season and with players like Tevez and Balotelli around, disruption is always just around the corner.

With the newly promoted sides as ever all short odds to go straight back down, and given the strides we’ve seen Swansea and Norwich make last season, this doesn’t represent value. Instead we’ll pick a side that may have had their day in the Premier League – Stoke. They ended last season without a win in six, with just four league victories in 2012 and with an increasingly restless home crowd en route to finishing 14th. Blue Square will give you 6/1 and we think that is good value.

With no Drogba, Fernando Torres will lead the Chelsea line and his strike in the Charity Shield suggests he can get a hatful this season. Hazard and Oscar should provide the bullets – 10/1 at BlueSq for the Golden Boot is firmly to our liking.

Many of the bookmakers are offering odds on a top ten finish and we can’t resist the 11/8 from Bet365 that Aston Villa make the top half. They’ve replaced a very unpopular manager with the astute Paul Lambert, who should start to take the claret n blue back on the road to success.

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