The Premier League is nearly upon us and many punters will be searching the ante-post markets for those value bets for the upcoming Season and here are a few mouth-watering prospects to consider investing in and we have free football betting tips.
Team Finishing Position
Having invested well so far this summer, and potentially more to come, the value here definitely lies with Arsenal for a Top 2 finish at 11/4 with Ladbrokes.
Arsenal To Finish in the Top 2 – Bet Here at 11/4 with Ladbrokes
Top 4 Finish
Although the loss of Luis Suarez will be a major blow to Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers is slowing bolstering his squad in both number and quality and is sure to add a major Striker before the transfer window closes. If that is the case then there is little doubt that Liverpool will continue their good work from the last campaign and at Even money with Bet365 to finish in the Top 4 they look the value bet among the so called ‘Big Seven’.
Liverpool to Finish in the Top 4 – Bet Here at Evens with Bet365
Looking at when Tony Pulis took over until the end of the season, Crystal Palace were among the teams of the last campaign and having moulded his own style on the squad, he will build on that for the upcoming season and the value in the market definitely looks to be on a top half finish for Palace at 9/2 with Coral or for those who might look to stretch the value further Bet365 are offering 20/1 on Crystal Palace without last season’s top seven and offer ¼ of the odds each way 1-2-3; that is to finish 8th, 9th or 10th.
Crystal Palace to Finish In The Top Half – Bet Here at 9/2 with Coral
Having lost an array of talent, and key players from last season’s 8th place finish, its fair to say that Southampton will be looking at survival first this season. With a new manager at the helm, whose main task is a rebuilding process first and foremost, and another player looking to force a move away from St Mary’s in Morgan Schneiderlin, a bottom half finish looks the likely scenario this campaign and the 4/7 on offer with Boylesports could feature heavily in many punter’s accumulators this season. Further value in this market looks to be with Newcastle who have lost some key players themselves and with Hatem Ben Arfa causing a bit of fuss internally this could be a season where the Magpies struggle and 5/6 with Ladbrokes could be one to invest in.
Newcastle to Finish In the Bottom Half – Bet Here at 5/6 with Ladbrokes
To Finish Bottom
There is no questioning the level of achievement for Sean Dyche and his squad last season to get automatic promotion to the Premier League but, with a very small budget to bring in new players to cope with the riggers of the first season after promotion, it would take an equivalent monumental effort from Burnley to retain their Premiership status this season and 11/5 with Ladbrokes to finish bottom will likely be a bet most punters will look to invest in.
For a big price option I have gone with Swansea at 25/1 with Coral to finish bottom. Having lost the likes of Vorm, Davies and Michu already this summer and with Wilfried Bony likely to move before the window closes, the Swans have lost key players and with a relatively inexperienced manager in Gary Monk they could have a difficult campaign at the 25/1 on offer looks a big price for those looking outside the normal bets in this market.
Burnley to Finish Bottom – Bet Here at 11/5 with Ladbrokes.
Swansea to Finish Bottom – Bet Here at 25/1 with Coral
Other Ante-Post Specials
There are always some intriguing markets around at this time of the season nestled in with the usual offers.
The ‘Sack Race’ is a common one with a lot of interest early doors on who will be the first manager to leave and I have gone with Paul Lambert at Aston Villa at 13/2 with William Hill. With the club up for sale, a limited budget and the arrival of Roy Keane as Assistant, there could be a few issues early doors at Villa Park that may well spell the end of Lambert’s two year reign.
The ‘Top London Club’ is another popular market with the punters and the 9/4 on offer with Ladbrokes is the best value here and for those looking for an extra offer the same firm have the Gunners at 6/1 to be top of the league on Christmas Day.
As for the newly promoted clubs most firms are offering prices on who will finish top of the three ‘New boys’ this season and, having added experience to the squad already plus his wheeler dealer know how at the latter part of the transfer window, Harry Redknapp’s Queens Park Ranger are the value bet here at 13/8 with Bet365.
One final Ante-Post suggestion falls in the Handicap market and two teams stand out to me at a massive price. Having finished 14 points behind Manchester City last season Everton are likely to be in the mix again fighting for 4th, 5th and 6th place. Roberto Martinez is an excellent manager and has bought well thus far in the market. With a +21 points on offer at 16/1 with Coral they certainly look well worth investing in. The second team to stand out is Arsenal. Having bagged their first silverware in 9 seasons and with Arsene Wenger investing heavily this summer, the Gunners will build on their efforts from last season which saw them finish 7 points behind City in 4th place. There is no doubt that Arsenal will be there or thereabouts this season and with a +7 points in the handicap market on offer at 16/1 also with Coral there are two value bets on offer here.
Everton Handicap + 21 Points – Bet Here at 16/1 with Coral
Arsenal Handicap + 7 Points – Bet Here at 16/1 with Coral
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