The excitement of Euro 2016 is now behind us and football fans are excitedly gearing up for another Premier League season, so we wanted to offer some sports tips ahead of what promises to be another fiercely contested campaign. There are a number of betting odds markets that fans can get excited about, from the title winner, top goal scorer and relegated teams to more obscure options like who will be top at Christmas and LMA Manager of the Year.
The market that will probably generate the most interest is outright winner, so we’ll start our sports tips and odds rundown there. Man City have been installed as favourites, with Bet365, Coral and William Hill among those offering a best price of 5/2. It is hard to argue against that as they have, on paper at least, the best team in the league. They haven’t won it since 2013-14, despite investing heavily in the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling. But their failing has been one of desire rather than talent, and the arrival of Pep Guardiola should change all that. Guardiola is a serial winner who has taken six league titles from seven seasons as a manager. His winning mentality should galvanise the squad. He has also invested in the likes of Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito, and they are the team to beat this year. Man Utd are second favourites at 7/2 but this is likely to be a year too soon for new boss Jose Mourinho, the only man to ever stop Guardiola from winning the league when they were in charge of Real Madrid and Barcelona. It took him two years to win the title when he returned to Chelsea in 2013 and he will probably need at least that amount of time to overhaul a squad with several weaknesses. Chelsea are also in need of a major overhaul and are worth avoiding at 6/1 this season, and Arsenal haven’t won it since 2004 so they are another to write off. Champions Leicester City will surely attract interest at a whopping 30/1 with Marathon Bet but lightning is unlikely to strike twice for the Midlands club, particularly if the exodus of star players continues. A better long shot might be Tottenham (9/1 with Sky Bet), who went close last season and faded away, but will return with more experience for this campaign. But overall it is hard to look past Man City.
It may be risky to back Arsenal to win the title, but they look nailed on for a top four finish, as Arsene Wenger has secured this every season since he took over in the mid-1990s. Back them at 4/7 with William Hill for this. Man Utd (2/5 with Bet365) and Chelsea (4/7 with Sky Bet) are more of a risk as they are in transition, while Arsenal are stable, but the 6/5 Paddy Power is offering on Spurs making the top four looks a good bet considering how well they played last season.
When it comes to sports tips and odds for relegation, many will tell you to back the recently promoted teams. They are always expected to struggle but actually fewer than half go down in their first season. Hull are the favourites to go down and that makes sense given they are currently managerless and have not invested in the team.
But they have a history of spending big in a bid to beat the drop and may back the new boss – Roberto Martinez is rumoured to be in the running – with a heavy war chest. Burnley look a better bet at evens for relegation as they are more prudent, preferring not to invest too much in case they do go down. An outside bet could be Bournemouth at 7/2 with Sky Bet, who did well to stay up in their first season, but Eddie Howe might struggle with experienced managers like Tony Pulis at WBA, David Moyes at Sunderland, Francesco Guidolin at Swansea and Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace to contend with.
In the more obscure markets, sports tips and odds include manager of the year, and Guardiola is 5/2 favourite here. You might be tempted by a longer shot, however, as it does not always go to the league winner. Moyes won the LMA title three times while Everton manager, despite never finishing in the top three, and he looks a good outside bet. Another with the potential to over-achieve is Slaven Bilic at West Ham, who looks a good outside bet at 20/1 with Bet Victor.