7 Top Tips For The New Premier League Season


1. Chelsea to win the Premier League at 2.85

It’s a close one to call this season, with Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea having all strengthened their squads, but the pendulum appears to be swinging Chelsea’s way this time. Jose Mourinho did very little to the squad he inherited from Rafael Benitez last year and still almost won them the league. Now the Portuguese has had time to rebuild and sign a proven striker, the Blues will take some stopping.

 

2. Romelu Lukaku to be top goalscorer at 21.00

Lukaku bagged 15 goals last season in a team he’d just joined and while he endured spells out through injury. Lukaku has had time to settle into the system at Everton and Roberto Martinez broke the club’s transfer record to sign him permanently. Lukaku will return Martinez’s show of faith with a glittering season and, crucially, with bags of goals.

 

3. Manchester City to score the most goals at 2.40

City scored 102 goals last season, one more than Liverpool, with Chelsea the next closest with 71 goals. Liverpool will almost certainly not score more given the loss of Luis Suarez and it’s difficult to see Chelsea plugging a 31-goal gap in one season, even considering the arrival of Diego Costa. City, who have a superb array of striking options, will surely score the most again and 2.40 represents very decent value.

 

4. Manchester United to finish in the top four at 1.40

Louis van Gaal is the best man Manchester United could have in charge since the nightmare of last season. With Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea almost certain to be occupying the top three spots, that leaves Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton to battle it out for fourth. Liverpool will be preoccupied with the Champions League and will weaker without Suarez. Everton, while getting better all the time, are not quite there yet and Tottenham don't appear ready to mount a top four challenge. This will be the season Manchester United return to Europe’s top table.

 

5. Southampton to be relegated at 4.50

Burnley seem destined to make a swift return back to the Championship, with QPR, Aston Villa and West Brom among the candidates to be relegated. But I’m going for Southampton here. Between them, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana scored 22 of Saints 54 Premier League goals and Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren and Calum Chambers played a significant role in ensuring Saints had a better defence than Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham. They have a manager who has never managed in the Premier League and it’s clear that Southampton are heading only one way - and that’s down.

 

6. Eden Hazard to win player of the year at 6.00

Only Luis Suarez stood between Hazard and the player of the year award last season, and it’s easy to overlook just how vital the little Belgian is to Chelsea. His performances tailed off towards the end of last season but he is getting better and better in a Chelsea shirt, so player of the year is surely his to lose. 

 

7. Jose Mourinho first manager to be sent off at 7.00

Mourinho loves a rant and frequently blows his top at referees, fourth officials, journalists and pretty much anyone that disagrees with him. While Alan Pardew is one to keep an eye on in this market, Mourinho is too tempting at 7.00 to turn down.

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