Premier League: Christmas woe for Villains…

The new Premier League season is upon us, and it’s time to look at a few bets to whet our gambling appetite.

First off the title race. Manchester City have invested money in their defence, the area that desperately needed reworking, and are justifiably favourites.

That said 2/1 on a team that won last season by 18 points, ie Liverpool, seems a good price. A midfield signing by the end of the window and that price will shorten. However, teams have traditionally, found it very difficult to retain their first crown, and we’ll recommend a watching brief on this market.

Instead, we’re interested in the bottom of the table. West Brom are favourites to be bottom by Christmas and that’s understandable. Usually at least one of the promoted teams struggles to adapt to the new league and settles quickly into the role of the whipping boy.

However, we’re interested in the 8/1 that Aston Villa are quoted at in this market. They avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth last season and seem to have put all their transfer kitty on a 24-year-old from Brentford.

Ollie Watkins may improve the Villains, not difficult to given the forward play of last season, but what happens if Jack Grealish is tempted to pastures new? Who provides the ammunition then?

Our second recommendation involves the handicap bet, and Sheffield United. The Blades have been one of the recent success stories of the Premier League. Manager Chris Wilder guiding them to 9th position last season, despite being tipped for relegation.

They have been linked with Liverpool starlet Rhian Brewster, and on the back of a well-run side that should ensure another strong season.

A handicap of 45 points on Man City, coupled with a performance to match last season would result in an end of season total of 99 points. That would be hard to beat!

Recommendations:

Villa to be bottom at Christmas, 1 pt, at 8/1, bet365

Sheffield United to win title on handicap basis, with 45 points start on Man City, 1 pt, at 17/1, William Hill

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