Who’s your money on?
This season’s Premier League outcome has been the hardest to call for many a year – which makes it arguably the most interesting campaign since the league began in 1992. Whether it pans out that way is anyone’s guess at the moment – but it’s certainly got off to an absolutely flying start and fortunes will inevitably shift week by week as the season progresses.
Then at the end of it all, we’ll have the long-awaited World Cup held, for the first time ever, in its spiritual homeland of Brazil. This could also have a bearing on the Premier League as players’ thoughts will inevitably turn towards Rio at the end of the season – depending on which nationality they are.
Fluctuating fortunes can be a great way for the shrewd gamblers amongst us to make a killing if we’re bold enough and particularly if we gamble on the betting exchanges where we have the possibility of backing and laying, to profit from a little contrarian thinking.
What’s really interesting is that after just four games in, the six clubs considered by the bookmakers to have any kind of realistic chance of winning the Premier League are already filling the top six places. But they aren’t in the right order for the bookmakers. The bookies currently have Man City installed as 5/2 favourites, followed by Chelsea at 11/4, Man United at 7/2, Arsenal at 15/2, Liverpool 8/1 an Tottenham at 12/1.
Liverpool are the only club with a 100% record at the time of writing and the odds have shortened as a consequence. Spurs are the clear value bet given all the money they’ve spent on new players – and notwithstanding the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. Tottenham haven’t done too much wrong so far – and could easily have drawn or won against North London rivals Arsenal in last week’s 1-0 defeat. They will be considering themselves pretty unlikely not to have maximum points from their first four.
Arsenal also look anomalously good value given their title credentials, their history and the fact that they can beat anyone on their day. Also, Wenger is well aware of the need for consistency and the fans’ fervent desires to do better in the Premier League than in any and all other competitions – and he will surely want to take this on board.
So the North London pairing are the way to go for early gamblers – with a view to laying back some of the cash to lock in a profit.
For a really big life-changing win, though, perhaps it’s best to stick to the Lottery. But when you do so – try and play the Euro Millions instead as the returns are potentially far better with jackpots up to €190 million; click here for details. And if you land that one – you’ll be able to afford about two Gareth Bales for your own club!