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August 2013

English Premier League 2013-2014 Betting Preview Part 2 - Specials

by Tom Allen

English Premier League 2013-2014 Specials

Despite the managerial changes at Stamford Bridge and in Manchester ahead of the new season it takes a great leap of faith to imagine any other side lifting the Premier League trophy in 2014 outside that trio but the fight for the remaining Champions League place will once again intrigue.

The betting suggests Arsenal will prove best of the rest and it's hard to disagree.

The Gunners may not have what it takes to end their trophy drought in the grandest style but Arsene Wenger won't be overly worried by what he has seen elsewhere this summer and the Emirates club should prove too strong.

Tottenham and Liverpool are viewed as the teams likeliest to break up the established 'Big Four' and preference is very much for the Londoners

I struggle to see how Andre Villas-Boas's side are bigger than their Merseyside rivals in some outright markets and am keen to take advantage.

Each looks set to lose their star man before the start of the campaign, both Luis Suarez's and Gareth Bale's future surely lie elsewhere, but the signings of Paulinho and Roberto Soldado by the Portuguese are eye-catching.

Liverpool, in contrast, are yet to make any real inroads in the transfer market, neither Iago Aspas or Luis Alberto are tipped to have major impacts, and the anticipated departure of Suarez is a crushing blow.

David Moyes's new venture certainly leaves an air of uncertainty hanging over Everton and I still need convincing that new boss Roberto Martinez can live up to all the hype.

Martinez ultimately relegated his previous club, Wigan Athletic, but I take another of his former sides to go well yet again this term.

Swansea, under Michael Laudrup, impressed throughout last season and their Capital One Cup triumph at Wembley was the undoubted highlight.

Their form slipped a little towards the end of term, perhaps inevitable after securing some silverware, but they'll be back for more come the big kick-off and could sneak into the top eight this time around.

Laudrup has acquired striker Wilfried Bony, Dutch Player of the Year in 2013, as well keeping hold of all his key men and I want to be with Swansea in the Without Big 6 market.

Betfred and Bet Victor both go 10/1 while offering 1/4 odds three places so a spot in the top nine is likely to secure a profit. That is certainly not beyond the Swans although the distraction of a Europa League campaign is a slight negative.

Swansea are joined in the Premier League in 2013 by fellow Welsh club Cardiff City for the first time but The Championship heroes of last term will do very well to match the achievements of their near neighbours.

Unsurprisingly it is the three newly promoted clubs that head the relegation betting, Cardiff are joined by Crystal Palace and Hull in the top flight, but none will have to massively overachieve to survive.

There is not much separating any of the teams expected to finish in the bottom half of the Premier League table this season and I want to take on Sunderland, in particular, at the prices.

Black Cats boss Paulo Di Canio is seemingly only ever one bad refereeing decision away from totally imploding and, more importantly, his playing squad lacks quality.

Sunderland survived by the skin of their teeth in the spring to preserve their status and I see little to think it won't be a similar story 12 months on. The 5/1 on them going down is too big to ignore.

4pts Back Tottenham (Season Match Bet, vs. Liverpool) @ 10/11 (Sky Bet)
1pt e/w Back Swansea (Without Big 6) @ 10/1 (Bet Victor)
1pt Back Sunderland (To Be Relegated) @ 5/1 (Ladbrokes, William Hill, Bet Victor)

Story Highlights »
  • 4pts Back Tottenham (Season Match Bet, vs. Liverpool) @ 10/11 (Sky Bet).
  • 1pt e/w Back Swansea (Without Big 6) @ 10/1 (Bet Victor).
  • 1pt Back Sunderland (To Be Relegated) @ 5/1 (Ladbrokes, William Hill, Bet Victor).

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