To celebrate the new football season kick off in England, Unibet have launched a very special offer…
Place a four-fold multiple bet of £10, £20 or £50 on who you think will win the top 4 English leagues, and we`ll give you a Risk Free Bet up to the same value for Week 2 of the Premier League.
With this in mind, here are our title-winning tips for the 2012/13 season, across England’s top four divisions...
Premier League Tip: Manchester City at 2.15
It’s tough to look any further than last year’s champions Manchester City. While their odds of 2.15 hardly makes them tremendous value, you wouldn’t want to start your multiple off on the wrong foot. I genuinely cannot see any other team winning the tile, and besides, the value of this four-fold comes in the divisions below, as you will find out in the ensuing paragraphs.
For now, we concentrate on City, and tellingly Roberto Mancini seems to have patched up his differences with Carlos Tevez, who looked hungry and – dare I say – happy during last weekend’s Community Shield victory. Having missed much of last season, the controversial Argentine will feel like a new signing at The Etihad.
Not that the Champions’ attack needs much bolstering, with Messrs Aguero, Balotelli and Dzeko in its ranks. There will be more movement before the transfer window closes: Santa Cruz and Adebayor look certain to leave, and newbie Jack Rodwell could be joined by Swansea starlet Scott Sinclair.
But more than any of that, City already have a spine of class and consistency. Hart, Kompany, Lescott, Barry, Silva and Nasri form a nucleus to City’s tried and now trusted methods. Methods that are only set to burgeon further this term, as Mancini builds a dynasty of success within the blue half of Manchester.
The Championship Tip: Blackburn Rovers at 11.00
In light of the recent behind the scenes issues at Ewood Park, this might seem a crazy choice. However, Blackburn have held onto many Premier League-standard players and Steve Kean has quietly gone about some shrewd business this close season, assembling a squad full of pedigree and vast experience.
Indeed, on paper at least, Rovers have the strongest group of personnel in The Championship. With Paul Robinson remaining between the sticks, Gael Givet and Scott Dann holding the fort in defence and new additions Danny Murphy and Dickson Etuhu firming up the midfield, the former Premier League Champions have a core of veritable quality and know-how.
There are goals galore in their midst, too. Check out their potentially lethal attacking strikeforce, which will be made up of any two or three of the following: Portuguese international striker Nuno Gomes, Galatasaray loanee Colin Kazim-Richards, new signing Leon Best, ex-Barcelona ace Ruben Rochina, Argentina international Mauro Formica and Scotland striker David Goodwillie.
Meanwhile, the Olsen brothers will provide pace and purpose on the wings, while David Dunn and Mortem Gamst Pederson have the keys to unlock defences at any level.
There are concerns about whether the Venky’s – and their outspoken Director of Football Shebby Singh – can hold it together and support Kean in his quest. But if the Scot is given the backing to mould a team that clicks, Rovers, at odds of 11.00, could run away with the league title.
League One Tip: Swindon Town at 9.00.
Paolo Di Canio’s Robins will be riding on the crest of a wave having cantered to the League Two title last term, and have already hit the ground running this season with a shock 3-0 win over much-fancied Championship contenders Brighton in the Capital One Cup in midweek.
Di Canio, for all his quirks, is emerging as a fine young manager. Tactically aware, passionate and inspiring, the 44-year-old Italian is enjoying a halcyon spell at The County Ground, where some key recent additions have joined what was already a strong enough squad to make an impact in the third tier.
Among the new faces in Wiltshire are ball-playing midfielder Alan Navarro, who won this division with Brighton two seasons ago, and experienced Scottish international full-back Jay McEveley, who has more than 100 Premier League games under his belt.
For all their dominance of League Two, Swindon didn’t have a prolific striker in their ranks last term – their top scorer was in fact winger Matt Ritchie. But, backed by his board, Di Canio has since brought in a new free-scoring attacking duo. Paul Benson and James Collins, who have joined from Charlton and Shrewsbury respectively, look more than likely to fill their boots at this level.
League Two Tip: Southend United at 11.00
Having narrowly missed out on promotion last season – they finished the regular season a single point shy of the automatic spots and lost their playoff semi-final 3-2 on aggregate – The Shrimpers will be keen to assert their authority from the start of this campaign.
Paul Sturrock’s exciting side boast an ideal blend of youth and experience, and have done well to keep hold of last season’s player of the year Mark Phillips and highly-rated midfielder Ryan Hall.
In addition, they’re boosted by the signing of the summer in League Two, that of hitman Freddie Eastwood. The 28-year-old Welsh international is still very much in his prime, and is relishing a new lease of life having undergone a successful operation on a knee injury that had blighted his time at Championship Coventry.
Freddie returns to his spiritual home of Roots Hall, where he scored in spades before a big-money move to Wolves in 2007. Many of his 49 goals fired Southend to the League One title during his first spell with the club in 2006 and I fully expect Eastwood to have too much class for fourth tier defenders this time around.
Man City @ 2.15 X Blackburn @ 11.00 X Swindon @ 9.00 X Southend @ 11.00 = 2341.35
Example bet: £10 returns £23,410.35
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