If you hadn’t noticed the recent craze endured by most football fans following the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, where exactly where you? The only valid excuses are for either a person lost in the Amazon jungles or someone stranded on a drifting yacht in the Pacific Ocean.
Even for those that were not at all interested in the greatest football tournament, office sweepstakes and a bet on the team to lift the most coveted football trophy didn’t go a miss for football fans and non-fans alike. So as the dust settles on the streets of Paris following their World Cup Final 4-2 win against Croatia we are only a matter of weeks away from what is the most exhilarating football league in the world. Yes, ladies and gents the English Premier League as you may have guessed by the title of this article.
Predictions are already in place for many bookies across the UK both on the high street and online, some of which can include anything from the best Premier League manager to the team that concedes the least amount of goals in the season. The popular bets that we can find generally include the following categories:
Popular Premier League bets
Home Wins – According to the independent website www.bestbettingsitesuk.co.uk
Home teams are more likely to win their games than lose with a 46.20% winning average with Away teams only winning on average 26.30% of their matches. Therefore, these percentages show that backing most home teams to win in front of their own fans is a safer bet. This is particularly evident in recent years when many lower ranked teams have surprised many pundits and fans by beating teams that on paper appear to be superior to them.
Season Long Bets – What everyone is already thinking in their head and asking around the pub is “Who will Win the Premier League?” With Manchester City blowing away the league last season by Christmas it can be assumed that they will continue to do so this coming season. Having said that, some bookmakers have already highlighted five teams that are most likely to be crowned champions come May 2019. You will be able to see which teams are the top five by looking at the ones that have smaller odd returns. Interestingly, since 1992 the year the Premier League was introduced, there have only been six teams that won the league. That list includes the following teams: Blackburn Rovers, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Leicester City.
Top 4 – This is what the top six teams in the Premier League are constantly obsessing over every season, it seems that finishing in the Top 4 of the table at the end of the season is more important than winning domestic cup competitions! From a revenue point of view, this makes complete sense, as a domestic cup win may generate a couple of million pounds but a Top 4 finish means a place in the UEFA Champions League competition which is worth tens of millions of pounds for any team good enough to finish in the Top 4 positions of the table. A no brainer from a business point of view as it allows teams to attract expensive players to help them maintain a powerful squad.
Bottom 3 – Avoid the drop! This category is for teams that are going to finish in the bottom three positions of the Premier League table come the end of the season. If a team has recently been promoted from the second tier of English football this is a category they will want to avoid. The annual race to 40 points is something many lower ranked teams have as their main objective of the season. Interestingly, last season all three promoted teams, Newcastle United, Huddersfield Town AFC and Brighton & Hove AFC have avoided the drop.