If you follow your Humble Handicapper’s tips you can have just as much monetary profit out of it as his wife.
As a confirmed Geordie it's only fair tell you that the obvious bet for Newcastle is that Alan Pardew will be the first manager P 45’d out the door this season, the return of Joe Kinnear has shocked many of the Geordie faithful and it seems almost a foregone conclusion that if things continue this way at St James's Park Alan Pardew will soon be elsewhere. Pards is the betting odds 11/4 favourite to the next manager to leave his post. Next up is Martin Jol at 8/1 on the soccer odds boards, possibly also decent bet as Fulham have achieved a new owner. But maybe not… The new owner may well be ruthless but he gives his management team at least a season to fail before showing them the door.
Short odds on the top goalscorer sees Robin van Persie and 4/1 while Sergio Rugova is 8/1 everyone seems to think that that Persie will do it. 4/1 is not tempting me, and my pocket so I’ll be having a bet on 8/1, not that I'd ever wished a see any footballer have an injury that would restrict their goalscoring ability but….
The sportsbooks have a little team called Man City as favourites to win the EPL this season at 23/10 and I can see why, with their new manager, their money and their decent squad all pointed towards victory. Chelsea are second at 5/2 with the Special One back in charge they should have a very good season. The other new manager in the top three is David Moyes at Manchester United and he might not be overly happy with the fact that his tenure in charge of the Red Devils start being third place 13/5 favourites to retain the title, that seemed to be permanently in Alex Ferguson's talent grasp.
You can make things interesting betting within the top four. Arsenal are 11/1 to win the Premier League. After that its level at 35/1 and not even my drunkest Scouse friend would bet on that.
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It's certainly worth noting that both Manchesters and Chelsea are 7/1 not to finish in the top four and I do have a funny feeling that one of them might slip up this season.
Dare you bet on one of the top three not finishing top four?
Outside of fantastic four Liverpool a little bit of a dark horse at 9/2 for the top four Tottenham or 7/4 but I don't think that's worth a bet specially with all this Gareth Bale business doing the rounds. That funny team Newcastle were wild and crazy 100/1 to finish in the top 4, but you’d have the pore a lot of Newcastle Brown Ale down my neck before I’d part with that sort of money.
If you're reluctant to part with your money at the top, betting on relegation is quite good fun.
The favourites are unsurprisingly Crystal Palace 4/9 Hull at 8/13 and Cardiff at 7/4. There's always Stoke, Norwich and Sunderland around the 5/1 mark.
But if your make some big money from the drop this season it has to be that he Newcastle. It's not that likely that will see Newcastle dropped down, but if you want a decent return they are 9/1 for the drop.
Finally just because I got some friends who are Southampton fans, I’d like to point out that betting on them being relegated will give you a 10/1 return for your soccer pick.
Free Soccer Prediction: Little change at the top and probably not a surprise down the bottom.
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