Soccer, The Upcoming Season

With the football season in Europe being only a few days away from beginning (or having already begun in a few countries), this is when football betting enthusiasts open up their check books and get ready to put money on their favorite teams. The football seasons in England, Spain, and Italy are set to be as exciting as ever, with teams like Man United, Man City, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Juventus, and AC Milan all competing for the top prize in their respective countries. Here is a look at how odds for the season (and specific games) will play out.

England:

In England, the outright favorites to win the Premier League are last season’s champions Manchester City. Remember, City won the title in virtually the last minute of the season when they scored a stoppage time winner against QPR to pip rivals Manchester United. They are 13/10 with some bookmakers to repeat the feat. Rivals United are 2/1 after being close to signing Arsenal captain Robin van Persie. Chelsea, who have also invested heavily in Oscar, Eden Hazard, and Marko Marin, are 5-1. Arsenal are out at 12-1, which makes them long shots in the bookmakers eyes.

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In terms of specific matches, The QPR-Swansea game on Saturday offers some good odds. Swansea are the away team and are priced at 13/5. QPR are at evens. Betting on Swansea would appeal to most, as they finished far higher than QPR last season. On Monday, Manchester United travel to Everton. A repeat 4-4 scoreline, a draw, from the same fixture in May is priced at 13/5 and is another appealing bet.

Top goalscorer in England is always an interesting one to bet on, especially as the odds for all players are relatively appealing. Sergio Aguero is the 7/1 favorite, with Wayne Rooney at 8/1. Last season’s player of the year and top scorer, Robin van Persie, is 8/1. Papiss Cisse, who is out at 20/1, scored a bucket full of goals in the second half of last season and would be a good outside bet.

Spain:

As we turn out attention to Spain, it is clear that only two teams are considered realistic contenders for the title. Real Madrid, last season’s champions, are priced at 8/11 and Barcelona are at 11/10. These odds are not particularly appealing, so it might be best to steer clear of betting in this area. Valencia, the third favorites, are a whopping 66/1 outsiders. Comparing bookies might be a good way to see where the best odds on Madrid or Barcelona are.

Individual match betting on Spain’s La Liga is a smarter bet. Malaga, despite selling a couple of players, would have a good chance at beating Celta Viga away from home. They are priced at 21/10 and that is excellent value. Atletico Madrid are 11/8 to beat Levante away, which is another potentially excellent value bet.

Italy:

With AC Milan, who finished second last season, selling Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, it is clear that bookmakers fancy Juventus to win the league again. They are at 11/10. Milan are priced at 11/4 with Inter Milan at 4/1. A bet on one of the Milan clubs might be smart, because there is still time for them to add players and they are always a threat domestically. Just be sure to compare bookies so you get the best odds.

Karol is a soccer fanatic and loves to place free bets no deposit with online bookmakers, winning on betting is not easy, but it brings lots of fun and adrenaline.

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