English Premier League & La Liga Preview
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First with the Euro’s and then the Olympic football it doesn’t really seem as if football has really been away – but this weekend sees the return of the two biggest leagues in Europe in the Premier League and the Primera Division return to action with their two very different styles of play on show.
If it is the hustle and bustle of the Premier League you are after then buckle up for the ride as Manchester City and Manchester United look the most likely to face off again – although we are unlikely to ever see a repeat of the stunning drama from last season’s final day. Manchester City won last year, beating bitter rivals United – and who can forget the goosebump inducing nature of Sergio Aguero’s title clinching goal as they won the league with only a few minutes left on the clock. Whether it is title winning goals you are backing or cold Wednesday night dross between Wigan and Stoke, one thing is guaranteed –will continue to have some of the best outright odds on the market and a huge selection of pre match and live betting markets now and throughout the season. So whatever happens, you can rely on for your Premier League bets!
Title holders Manchester City made a solid start to the season, having beaten Chelsea 3-2 in the Community Shield. They are’s favourites for the league at odds of 2.15 which is not a great surprise considering they did not lose a single Premier League match at home last season, only dropping 2 points. Argentine Sergio Agüero, alongside Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, are the joint favourites to be the league’s top scorer this season, although fellow countryman Carlos Tévez is backable at 20.00, an interesting price as long as he stays out of trouble and plays regularly.
For those who fancy Manchester United to provide a devilish fight back,have odds of 3.25 on the Red Devils. They haven’t lost any key players in the off season but instead added more talent to the squad, with the addition of Shinji Kagawa. One player not mentioned above as a possible top goal scorer is Robin Van Persie at 9.00, who looks set to join United this week as long as contract wrangling’s go smoothly.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has work to do after the likely departure of his talisman but the significant signings of Cazorla, Giroud and Podolski are good signs, and they are 12.00 to win the league. They haven’t won anything since 2005 and the odds for their trophy drought to continue are 1.33. Champions League winners Chelsea are the other major threat and have spent big this summer, bringing in Belgian Eden Hazard and Brazilian Oscar for a combined £57m – and are backable at 5.50. With the departure of Drogba to China, Fernando Torres will have to step up and is odds of 10.00 to be the league’s top scorer this season.
Moving on to Spain’s tiki taka’s, it is surely going to be a two horse race between Real Madrid and Barcelona once again. Real Madrid won last year’s title comfortably in the end, with Jose Mourinho finally getting one over Josep Guardiola. Guardiola has left now – so it will be interesting to see how his apprentice Tito Vilanova gets on this season in the Barcelona hot seat. In a reverse of previous years, neither side has spent big this summer, Barcelona signing the excellent Jordi Alba whilst Real Madrid have signed virtually no one – although Luka Modric looks set to join in the coming days. However, Barcelona’s biggest ‘signing’ will probably be the return of goal machine David Villa after a broken leg. The fact that Barcelona have a rookie manager against the equally admired and reviled Jose Mourinho gives Real the edge in the betting market at 1.80, although Barcelona are not far behind at 2.00. Valencia and Atletico Madrid are the two third favourites at 75.00 apiece, but let’s face it – it’s going to be tough for them to compete with the big boys.
“We have a bigger risk on Manchester United then on City, as punters seem to back Fergie on a revenge mission – and I would have to agree. Them aside, our next biggest risk is on Newcastle United, who did brilliantly last season, at odds 150.00.” says Erik Backlund Head of’s Sportsbook.
“In Spain, our punters are backing Real more than Barcelona and I would have to agree with them as it will be tough for a new manager to obtain the points required to stop a rampant Real Madrid.”
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