How To Win Money Betting On World Football This Season
Burnley beating Man U and Everton at home? Spurs top of the Premier League after three games? Everton and Aston Villa struggling near the foot of the table? Newcastle still undefeated? Bryan Gunn sacked after overseeing a comprehensive victory?
This season has thrown up some serious surprises already.
However, it is already clear to me that there are several outcomes which seem very likely - and serious money to be made if you back your judgement.
Here is what £100 could bring home...
1. Jermain Defoe to Finish as Top Scorer in the Premier League.
With four impressive goals in three league starts - as well as a sharp double on England duty - the striker is in white-hot form, has a manager and fans that love him and back him, and a system that favours his style. He is hungry, and determined to be starting alongside Wayne Roonery in South Africa next summer. His time has come!
Odds 18-1 (William Hill) £15
2. Middlesborough to Win the Championship.
Ten points from four games. Four clean sheets. It is not all doom and gloom at the Riverside. They have a sensible and experienced chairman, a talented manager and a very strong group of players. The likes of David Wheater, Adam 'Jinky' Johnson and, in particular, Tuncay Sanli, are fantastic players at their current level.
Cardiff City and WBA aside, there are no obvious challengers to Boro'.
Odds 7-1 (Ladbrokes) £25
3. Arsenal to Score the Most League Goals in the Premier League
Scoring six goals at Everton is some way to kick off your Premier League season. Arsenal have thus far been at their clinical best. They are now underdogs. Nobody backs them to do anything much this season. Despite this, they have Eduardo da Silva back from injury, some excellent goalscoring options from midfield, and defence (Gallas has three in three!).
Odds 4-1 (Paddy Power) £25
4. Phil Brown Will be First Manager to be Sacked in the Premier League
Having been rejected by a series of lower-profile strikers, Hull City turned to Real Madrid (yes, them) hotshot Alvaro Negredo to remedy their lack of quality up front. Unsurprisingly, he was less than keen on the idea, even on £50,000 per week after tax. Hull were woeful at home to Spurs, but better this weekend. They are, however, still sloppy in defence, weak upfront and have a horrible home record.
Odds 8-1 (VC Bet) £10
5. Chelsea to Win the Champions League
Ancelotto is the boss. His record at the highest level speaks volumes for the Blues' chances of winning the Big One. They have a deep squad full of talented players, lots of goals in them, a strong defence, and a good team ethic.
Drogba and Anelka is a very potent front duo, and Chelsea will have a lot of sore memories to avenge. This is the one they really, really want - more than anyone else, I bet!
Odds 7-1 (various) £25
Five bets, £100 spend, £800 profit. Mouth watering yet?
What are your views? Are there better odds out there? Is it too soon to start mapping out this season?
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