Premiership betting preview

Premier League 07/08 outright betting

Man Utd are slight favourites over Chelsea with online bookmakers to retain their title. Bet 365 offer best odds 7/5 about Alex Fergurson’e men, who have made a number of high profile signings in Owen Hargreaves, Carlos Tevez, and Portugese prodigy Nani.

Rivals Chelsea can be backed at best odds 7/4 with Sportingodds and this price is attracting a lot of interest. Chelsea were unfortunate last season to lose key players John Terry and Peter Cech for much of the season. Chelsea now look more capable to cope with injuries with the addition of Ben Taim from Bolton, Claudio Pizzaro, Steve Sidwell and Florian Malouda. The one major negative for Chelsea is that a number of key players will be missing during the African Nations Cup throughtout January, during which Chelsea will be without Drogba, Essien, and Mikel.

Liverpool have spent significantly on Summer signings on the likes of Fernado Torres and Ryan Babel who cost a combined £38m. The Anfield outfit are notorious slow starters and have previously struggled to find consistency away from home. Betfred offer Liverpool at odds of 6/1 to win their first league title in almost 20 years.

Tottenham are a side expected to go well this season following the addition of England international Darren Bent and are available at best price odds of 100/1 with Betfred. Whilst it will be too soon for the North London outfit to mount a serious title challenge, Spurs are expected to challenge Arsenal for fourth place this season, and there are a number of betting markets that make appeal to punters who like the look of Martin Jol’s outfit. First up is betting without the “Big 4” (Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool) where Spurs lead the betting at best odds 13/8 with Coral. Spurs are also 3/1 to finish in the top 4 with Paddy Power, which is proving to be a very popular bet with the Irish bookmaker.

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Portsmouth have made a number of quality signings and can expect to make another push for a European place under Harry Redknapp. Pompey can be backed at 15/1 with a +37 point start with totesport.

Another side expected to go well is Everton with a +32 point start with online bookmaker Stan James. The toffees have been subject to a lot of betting interest following speculation linking them with prolific scorer Yakubu.

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