WE have a special offer at BetVictor for Whitby Gazette readers to mark the start of the domestic football season; place a treble up to a maximum of £50 on this weekend’s Premier League fixtures and you will get the same bet free for the second weekend of fixtures irrespective of whether your treble wins or loses.
The big movers ahead of the start of the Premier League season have been Liverpool backed from 40/1 (bet of £5,000) into 25s (£15,000 bet); the return from injury of Lucas is a massive plus such is the Brazilian’s influence but it would be a surprise if new boss Brendan Rodgers were able to transform the club in such a short period of time.
Clint Dempsey is likely to be at Anfield before the end of the transfer window and he will provide much-needed goals with Andy Carroll likely to be back in a black and white shirt come September.
Manchester City are even money favourites to win back-to-back titles but at the respective odds I just favour neighbours United (13/5) who just lost out on the title on goal difference last year and look increasingly likely to have Robin van Persie in their ranks sooner rather than later.
One of our most popular markets ahead of the new season has been the PL handicap; all clubs are quoted at 15/1 and the art is to identify which club will do well when you add the points they actually achieve to the handicap we have given them.
Last season, Newcastle and Swansea were the surprise packages but who do you think will overachieve in 2012/13?
The market and handicap includes: note ALL Clubs 15/1 & EW first 4:
Man City Scratch
Man Utd +3
My two against the field are Liverpool and QPR with the latter of particular interest as I think they have bought well and if they buy a centre back could easily reach the top half.
Sergio Aguero is 8/1 jt fav with Fernando Torres (from 11/1) to be top PL goalscorer with Wayne Rooney 9s and van Persie 11s; if the latter signs for United that 11s will begin to look very big although one must ask who will take United’s penalties? Rooney or van Persie? it could prove decisive.
Newcastle are 5/2 to top the division without the Big 6 with Everton 11/4, Sunderland 8s and Fulham 10s; if Everton were able to take Adam Johnson on loan they could be a threat but Newcastle look a decent bet at 5/2 in a market which highlights that the Premier League is exciting but lacks depth and quality.
Reading are 5/4 to be relegated, Saints 11/8 and Norwich 6/4; I’ve backed Swansea at a bigger price than the current 7/4 but that still makes plenty of appeal as they have lost a number of key personnel from last year and Great Dane Michael Laudrup faces a difficult task in his first season as a PL boss.
* Jonny Bairstow is 7/1 to be top England run-scorer ahead of Thursday’s vital 3rd Test at Lords between England & South Africa.
One thing’s for sure, Textgate will have brought the England side together and very few people in the England dressing room will miss Kevin Pietersen who at best is misunderstood.
For all your weekend odds check out betvictor.com