Let’s look at the opening numbers in this fresh marketplace and make a couple of picks for our website’s soccer faithful based on potential rosters, last season’s results and expectations of dealing with fellow league-mates this coming year.
EPL Team Points Total Shows of Growth in Soccer in US
In a little more than a week, the 2016/17 English Premier League will begin its 25th season with Matchweek 1 set for Aug. 13 and 10 season-beginning fixtures including a big match between Harry Kane (Top Goalscorer +750, William Hill) and Tottenham Hotspur and Everton at White Hart Lane (TOT +143, EVR +203, Draw +233, 2½u -120, BetDSI) in London and an even bigger showdown between Daniel Sturridge (Top Goalscorer +2,500, Boylesports) and Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield (LIV +220, ARS +127, Draw +246, 2½u -120, at BetDSI) in Merseyside. The 38-match season is scheduled to run through May 21 (2017) and Matchweek 38 and this season, Middlesbrough (1,500/1, Betfred; -187 to Stay Up, Boylesports), Burnley (1,500/1, Betfred; -117 to Stay Up, Ladbrokes) and Hull City (1,500/1, Betfred; +125 to Stay Up, at Bet365) have been promoted to England’s top flight of football this season while Newcastle United, Norwich City and Aston Villa were all relegated from the Premier League down to the Football League Championship. The Meek shall not inherit the Earth apparently.
Soccer odds have posted opening Regular Season Premier League Point Totals, showing again the interest in Soccer (World Football) continues to grow in the United States. This Saturday, Philippe Coutinho and Liverpool will play Lionel Messi and Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona at Wembley Stadium in London in the 2016 International Champions Cup (BAR -154, LIV +385, Draw +310, at GTBets) while defending Premier League champions Leicester City and Manchester United and Spanish GK David De Gea meet at Wembley Stadium on Sunday in the FA Community Shield (LEI +359, MUFC -114, Draw +263, 2½u -119, at 5Dimes) which will we will have an in-depth preview for you in this space on Friday. Below find the opening numbers from the world’s largest sportsbook for the English Premier League Regular Season Club Point Totals.
English Premier League Regular Season Opening Club Point Totals
Manchester City 76½
Manchester United 75½
Tottenham Hotspur 66½
Leicester City 54½
West Ham United 52½
Stoke City 45½
Crystal Palace 44½
Swansea City 43½
West Bromwich Albion 41½
Hull City 33½
English Premier League 2015/16 Final Point Totals
Leicester City 81
Tottenham Hotspur 70
Manchester City 66
Manchester United 66
West Ham United 62
Stoke City 51
Swansea City 47
West Bromwich Albion 43
Crystal Palace 42
Newcastle United 37
Norwich City 24
Aston Villa 17
Chelsea Could Be in For Yet Another Blue Year at Stamford Bridge, Under 74½ Worth Look
Legendary Chelsea FC Manager José Mourinho has headed to Mancunia and Old Trafford to work with GK David De Gea, Wayne Rooney (40/1 to be EPL Top Goalscorer, Bwin), Anthony Martial (40/1 to be EPL Top Goalscorer, 32Red) and playmaker Juan Mata (150/1 to be EPL Top Goalscorer, at Coral) and Manchester United (+350 to win EPL, Coral) as the Red Devils look to not only win the title this season but also frustrate the Blues who expected so much more from The Special One in his last and less than illustrious stint at Stamford Bridge. So 2014/15 champions Chelsea (+650, Coral) and new Manager Antonio Conte not only have to worry about getting the right players on its Roster, jelling as a unit and overcoming last season’s nightmare season but also about the improving talent and prospects of other clubs in the Premiership like aforementioned Spurs (10/1 to win EPL, SkyBet), Liverpool (16/1 to win EPL, 188Bet), Stoke City (75/1 to win EPL, SkyBet), and of course, champs Leicester City (10/1 to win EPL, SkyBet).
The Blues and Conte are looking to add a Striker to their Roster and are reportedly looking at Everton’s Romelu Lukaku (Top Goalscorer +1,400, William Hill)—a man the Blues let go to Merseyside years ago—although it appears fiery Striker Diego Costa (Top Goalscorer +2,000 Coral) will stay in West London and Victor Moses has returned to the team on loan from West Ham United and may stick around SW3. Like last season, Willian (Top Goalscorer 150/1, Coral), Eden Hazard (Top Goalscorer +5,000, Ladbrokes) an Oscar (Top Goalscorer 100/1, Coral) and Pedro (Top Goalscorer 100/1, Coral) will lead the Chelsea attack but after the Blues lowest finishing position in the table in the Premier League in 20 years, Doubt still has to be heavy and Costa always seems like a liability with his temperament. Toss in the sad loss of vaunted Team Physio Eva Carneiro and a Defense with captain John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic all aging and a step slower and Kurt Zouma (Knee) out Injured and GK Thibaut Courtois a bit overrated and there could be some issues and this Regular Season Futures Book Team Point Total of 74½ (Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook) just seems about 7½ points too high.
And going up against talented clubs like Manchester United—which also added Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain; Top Goalscorer 10/1, Betfred) over the Summer Transfer Window—former Chelsea GK Petr Cech, Alexis Sánchez (25/1 to be EPL Top Goalscorer, Coral) and magician Mesut Özil and London rivals Arsenal (+650 to win EPL, Coral) and big spenders Manchester City (+260 to win EPL, Coral) with GK Joe Hart, Sergio Agüero (+350 to be EPL Top Goalscorer, William Hill), David Silva, former Blue Kevin De Bruyne (66/1 to be EPL Top Goalscorer, Betfair), Raheem Sterling (150/1 to be EPL Top Goalscorer, Betfred) and others—including today’s signee, 19-year-old Winger Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras) who will join the Sky Blues in December—Chelsea will really have its work cut out for them although the Blues do start the season with five winnable matches for your betting picks (vs. West Ham United; CHEL -175, WH +500, Draw +270, Bet365); at Watford, vs. Burnley, at Swansea City, vs. Liverpool).
EPL SEASON TEAM WIN TOTALS FUTURES BOOK PICKS: Chelsea FC Under 74½, Tottenham Hotspur Over 66½, Leicester City Over 45½ (Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook)
EPL SEASON CLUB TO STAY UP FUTURES BOOK PICK BOOK PICK: Middlesbrough -187 (Boylesports)
EPL SEASON TOP GOALSCORER PICK: Harry Kane +750 (William Hill)