6 of the Best Season Bets For The 2013/14 Premier League Campaign


The new season kicks off in earnest this weekend, but there's still time to take advantage of value in the season outright markets. Here, Ben Cove picks out six top tips for the Premier League season ahead...

Eden Hazard to win the PFA Footballer of the Year award at 10.00.

Galvanised by the Special One, Chelsea are my tip to dominate domestically this season. And, after impressing during his debut campaign, it is the dynamic Belgian ace who will shine the brightest for Mourinho 2.0.

Hazard enjoyed some brilliant spells last season and, with a season of English football already under his belt, he has traversed his learning curve and is now well equipped to be Mourinho's key man this season.

The former Lille man showed little fuss while establishing himself at Chelsea, notching up a remarkable 69 appearances for club and country last season. If he can continue that consistency and perhaps find the net a few more times, he will have an outstanding campaign.

 

Luis Suarez for Premier League Golden boot at 12.00

It looks as if he's staying at Liverpool and, once the dust settles, there's little doubt the talented Uruguayan will resume his role as the Reds' chief goal threat. Given that Brendan Rodgers has strengthened in wide areas to supplement Suarez's abilities, the 12.00 price is well worth jumping on.

While Gareth Bale walked away with the Player of the Year award last term, Suarez wasn't far behind. And if it wasn't for the controversies that seem to follow him around like a grey cloud, he may well have pipped Bale to that award. 

Of course this is not a cut and dry prediction; the likes of Bale and Aguero will hope to challenge Suarez to the top goalscorer award and there's a glut of talented new forwards arriving on the Premier League horizon. But Robin van Persie is Suarez's only real rival - and I think Suarez will thrive at Anfield for another season, despite the convoluted pantomime.

 

Ricky Van Wolfswinkel to score the most among the new arrivals at 10.00

Negredo and Jovetic will be rotated at City and Spurs' Soldado may take time to settle, but one glance at this Dutchman's track record and you will see he's a force to be reckoned with. Also, bear in mind Norwich will have Snodgrass and Hoolahan laying them on a plate for him. Check out his movement and predatory instincts here and you will take little further convincing...

Norwich have signed a real gem here and with Holt having departed, Van Wolfswinkel will be the Canaries' main poacher. Aston Villa have Benteke, Southampton have Lambert and now Norwich have someone of their own that can return 20 goals a season.

Lampard to score more than Gerrard at 1.72

Not great odds on offer here, but certainly worth lumping on. Stevie G plays more of a defensive role for club and country these days, while Mourinho's return will give Lampard fresh impetus.

Ever since Chelsea threatened not to offer Lamps a new deal last season, the England vice captain has enjoyed a new lease of life at the Bridge. He has since broken Bobby Tambling's Chelsea scoring record and, under Mourinho, Lampard's twilight flourish is set to continue.   

In each of the three seasons of Mourinho's last spell, Lampard scored 19, 20 and 21 goals and became a lynchpin of the side. While he may be a few years older, 12-15 goals represents a realistic return for Lamps. Gerrard managed 10 Liverpool goals last season, but with Lamps benefitting from the 4-3-3 formation Mourinho will undoubtedly deploy, we should see at least one more season of Frank's late bursts into the box and deadly finishes.

 

Di Canio to be sacked first at 10.00  

Let's not beat around the bush...He's a lunatic and anything could happen at the Stadium of Light this term! A bad start would lead to mutiny in the ranks and Passionate Paolo doesn't take kindly to disbondent players, or concerned board members.

His side's opening three games are all winnable: Fulham, Southampton and Crystal Palace, but such is the ease of fixtures, should he fail to win any of them he'll be instantly under the cosh. Thus meltdown ahoy! Malky Mackay, Ian Holloway and Steve Bruce should all enjoy decent honeymoon periods as the bosses of newly-promoted clubs, but it's the likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Martin Jol, Mark Hughes and of course Di Canio who are the ones to watch in the sack race market - and I predict it's Di Canio causing a riot by Autumn!

  

Fulham to finish above West Ham at 2.30

Fulham have been making steady progress under Martin Jol, whose new strike partnership of Bent and Berbatov spells goals, goals, goals. Jol also has an assured defence at Craven Cottage and their goals against column will be all the more impressive thanks to the addition of Dutch international goalie Maarten Stekelenburg.

Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce could experience a case of too many cooks spoil the supper at Upton Park. Not to mention that Andy Carroll and Joe Cole are injury prone, Stewart Downing has never settled quickly at any of his clubs and the Hammers defence leaves much to be desired at this level.

Chelsea are 3.00 favourites to win the Premier League title this season. Bet here now.

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