Football Betting - Can Leicester Beat The Bookies Again?

Jul 30, 2016 • By • 73 Views

With the start of the English football season not far away now, defending champions Leicester City are no where near favourites with the bookmakers to win the Premier League again, despite them winning it quite comfortably last season.

The current champions find themselves down as seventh favourites to win this season's Premier League, currently at a best price of 33/1. Some bookmakers do have them as short as 20/1, but when you compare that to the six teams above them in the betting, even 20/1 looks big.

Current favourites are Manchester City, and their new boss, Pep Guardiola. City had a pretty tame end to last season, despite getting to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

New boss Guardiola has hit the ground running, and has already publicly outed some of his players for being a pound or three (shall we say) over playing weight.

Guardiola's strict methods have produced success at both Barcelona (although he had a significant amount of help from Messi, Xavi and Iniesta) and Bayern Munich.

It's his time in Germany at Bayern that has come in for most scrutiny though, with opinions divided about whether or not he was a success.

Some claim Pep failed as he was brought in to win the Champions League, while others claim he was a success, as he improved Bayern's playing style, and brought down the average age of the squad, and made them not over dependant on a small handful of players.

Pep's experience and City's spending power, see them as 5/2 favourites to win the league. I expect there to be plenty of betting offers on the Premier League ahead of the new season, with enhanced odds on Manchester City to win the league.

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Second favourites are Manchester United. At the end of last season, they hired Jose Mourinho to try and bring success back to Manchester after a recent barren spell under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.

Mourinho has a track record of success in England, having previously won the Premier League during two different spells at Chelsea. Not only is he bringing that experience with him, he is also bringing some quality new signings, such as Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and they are also due to bring in France's Paul Pogba from Juventus, in what will be a world record fee.

All of this has already seen Manchester United back into 18/5 second favourites.

So as you can see, we have only looked at two of the possible contenders to Leicester, and already it is pretty clear to see how difficult their task will be this season.

Leicester have already managed to hang onto Jamie Vardy, after Arsenal triggered the £20 Million release clause he had in his previous contract. Vardy has since signed a new (reported £100,000 a week) contract, with (apparently) no release clause included.

Arsenal are reportedly also interested in Vardy's team mate, Riyad Mahrez. The Algerian, who won last season's PFA Player of the Year award, is reported to be prepared to stay, but wants parity with Vardy's wages. However obscene one hundred grand a week might seem, Mahrez has every right to expect the same treatment as his team mate.

A couple of last season's top performers who have left the Foxes are midfielder, N'Golo Kante, who has left for Chelsea. Along with chief scout and assistant manager, Steve Walsh, who has jumped ship to Everton.

How badly will those two be missed? Only time will tell. There is also a few weeks left of the transfer window, and in that time a lot more of Leicester's star men from last season could potentially be prised away from the club.

Players unlikely to leave are the likes of captain Wes Morgan, and fellow defender Robert Huth, a couple of unsung hero's who are - wrongly - unlikely to be wanted by the top clubs.

Why a top club wouldn't be interested in either of them is beyond me, but with all the Premier League money sloshing around, they are more likely to look abroad for a big name signing, or in the case of Manchester City, spending £50 odd million on Everton's John Stones, who might be a good footballer, but isn't probably as good a defender as either of those two.

Ironically, Leicester are only 16/1 to be relegated this season. Whether that becomes a good value bet or not, could depend on who leaves or arrives at the club over the remainder of the transfer window.

In further betting for the Premier League title, as well as the two Manchester clubs listed above, you can also get 6/1 on both Chelsea and Arsenal, as well as 9/1 on both Liverpool and Tottenham.

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