Can Manchester United put forward a serious title challenge this season? Join us as we preview their season and weigh in on their soccer odds across several soccer betting markets.
Manchester United 2014-2015 Review
Last season was a mixed bag for Louis Van Gaal and his lads. Some of it good, some not so good. They got off to a poor start on the Premier League season, after which they never recovered really to put in a concentrated title challenge. Not to mention they were humiliated by a loss to League One MK Dons in Capital Cup and dismissed out of FA Cup by Arsenal (eventual champions). That said they still managed to recover, get better as the season progressed and finish inside the coveted Top 4 positions. Earning a return to Champions League, not to mention higher expectations in 2015-2016.
Can Manchester United Challenge For the Title?
It’s been a very busy offseason for Manchester United with key changes being made to the roster to make it tougher, stronger and better. All the comings and goings has many soccer bettors keen on Manchester United’s chances to give chase this season, even some going so far as to suggest they are the value soccer pick of the top four clubs for the title.
Manchester United Fourth Faves To Win
Manchester United are the fourth overall favourites across sports betting platforms to win the title at +500 soccer odds at Bet365. Naturally, they trail behind top faves Chelsea (+163), second faves Man City (+275) and third faves Arsenal +400. While Manchester United aren’t likely to win the title in Van Gaal’s second season at the helm, according to many soccer analysts. Citing stiff competition from Chelsea and Man City that’s going to be tough to overcome being the main reason. Not to mention the fact that it’s time to consider the gauntlet throwing Arsenal, who are after beating Chelsea at the Community Shield last weekend, as serious contenders in the title chase.
Still, soccer bettors aren’t going to dismiss a club with the pedigree that Man United has just like that. The simple fact is that they do have a reasonable shot, which makes them the bold soccer pick of the season. That notion is furthered along by the busy bee, Van Gaal. He’s shored up his roster with key acquisition of Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern), Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian and Sergio Romero, to name a few. While boldly sending towards the exit door Robin Van Persie, Nani, Di Maria, amongst several others.
To Finish Top Two +175
Last season, Man U finished fourth with a 20-0-8 mark and 70 points. A Top 4 finish is the least of their expectations, as evinced by the favourable -400 soccer odds to accomplish the feat at Bet365. The mandate is to improve in 2015-2016, which brings us to, arguably, one of the most attractive bets: a Top 2 Finish. Where Manchester United is concerned, a top two finish is trading at +175 soccer odds at Bet365. This is a great soccer pick for those that are convinced Manchester United are much improved this season and on the rise but not quite sure they are title winners just yet.
Fourth Across Domestic Action
Across all domestic tilts, Manchester United hold their position as fourth overall favourites, which is no coincidence that it’s in tune to their finish in the Premier League last year. They are matched at + 800 soccer odds in Capital Cup action and FA Cup behind the usual top three suspects to win outright. Champions League Odds are yet to be hammered down with qualifying action still underway. It’s hard to imagine that Man U will be amongst the Top 4 with the quality of the field at the top, but they are sure to figure at the top of the mix somewhere.
So there you have it, a short soccer odds preview for Manchester United in the coming season. Of all the soccer odds, the Top 2 finish at +175 soccer odds holds the most appeal as it allows soccer bettors to hedge their bets. Especially, if you’re not so brave to back them at +500 to win the title on your soccer picks.