The best league in the world sees a raft of new managers, (some newer then others) at the top, some fresh faces near the bottom and an utter mixed pack when it comes to winning awards, however there’s still plenty of money to be made if you follow your the Humble Handicapper’s tips.
If you're wondering, much like Mrs Richardson, how your Humble Handicapper has been making ends meet over the summer, I'm not entirely sure myself, which means, now that football has come home again to my weekends, I have to win twice as much as usual to make up for a barren few months.
Thankfully all the nice weather in the summer has meant Mrs Richardson has been able to wear sandals most of the time, but as the dark days of autumn are approaching the new season’s shoes need to be on her feet.
Enough with the trouble and strife…WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?
There's been plenty written and said about who’s going to win the Premier League, which teams could be relegated and therefore rather than repeat myself again, and again I'll point you in the right direction where you can pick up some easy money from unusual betting.
If your heart lies away from the top of the table you might like to know that you can pick up odds of 9/2 on all three promoted sides going down while its 8/1 betting odds on them all staying up. I have a funny feeling that actually it’ll be two of the three we take the (other) biggest prize in English football which is at 13/10 with Stan James.
I already mentioned that Alan Pardew is the bookies favourite (at 3/1) to be shown the door first out of the managers, closely followed by Martin Jol at 8/1, but you might like to also know that the bookies have December as the month of the first managerial departure at 2/1, November is 9/4, October is 4/1, September is 11/2 and a crazy, crazy August is at 12/1 (worth a punt for our EPL soccer picks, as I already hears shouts of TAXI! for Pardew).
If you have a talent for picking the best defences you can bet on the side who keeps the most clean sheets this season. Bookies favourite is Manchester City at 2/1 followed by Manchester United at 10/3 however, Chelsea keep away from Chelsea on this one, because they tend to bleed plenty of goals, but usually score more but the other end.
If you go about wild why not pick of a cheeky bet on Arsenal to keep more clean sheets than anybody else which is 8/1 but stay well away from Liverpool who are at 11/1 Premier League Betting Odds.
It's Dirty Work, But Somebody Has to do it!
By comparison you could always go with betting on the team to commit the most fouls. The bookies have it as a two horserace between Stoke and West Ham who are both 5/1 Aston Villa are certainly worth a bet at 8/1 but those tigers of Hull are in with shout at 8/1 as well. Just because the season could go against them and that tends to breed fouls I wouldn't begrudge you having a cheeky little loose change bet on Newcastle United being the dirtiest team next season especially as it's 10/1.
There is money all over the place and it should be a very busy weekend as the bookies have there being between 27 and 31 EPL goals scored at 6/4, while 32 or more goals scored is at 15/8. The pessimist might like to back 26 goals or fewer (yes, FEWER NOT LESS!!!) at 9/5.
Welcome back football!
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