Chelsea, Swansea and Hull are best bets for Premier League season
With Xmas and the midway point of the Premier League season fast approaching, now looks a decent time to assess what look like appetising bets ahead of the end of the campaign in May.
The three top outright bets for the duration of the campaign are below, with Hull looking especially enticing to go down based on the fixture list.
Chelsea to win outright market without Manchester clubs @ 5/4
With Manchester City looking invincible at home and now the clear favourites at 11/10 to win the Premier League, it is much tougher to get overly excited about the prospects of Arsenal or Chelsea to lift the title.
However, there is an outright market without either of Manchester’s Premier League clubs, for which Arsenal and Chelsea are both priced at 5/4 to come out on top.
Arsenal are effectively given a two-point headstart as that is the current points margin between the two and they meet in the Premier League next at the Emirates.
But, Chelsea could wipe out their deficit next and they have triumphed on five of their last seven visits to the Emirates, losing only once.
Furthermore, the Gunners could well be without Laurent Koscielny and Jack Wilshere for the clash and Arsenal have not won any of the three games that Thomas Vermaelen has started this season. They have won only three of the last 11 he has started too.
Chelsea must surely be able to call upon their strikers to have a greater impact in the second half of the season as well, with Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba netting just five between them in the league so far.
Yet, they have still only dropped two points at home and there is a feeling that Chelsea are still to hit top gear, while Arsenal have been generally performing to a higher standard, which will be tougher to maintain.
Hull to be relegated @ 13/5
Middlesbrough, Burnley and Hull have all shown in the last five Premier League seasons that sitting in mid-table in early December on a healthy points tally is far from a guarantee of survival at the end of the campaign.
This threesome all had at least 18 points through the first 16 games of the season, but ended up going down.
Hull are in a similar position this season, but their fixture list makes for some interesting reading, as they face all of their current bottom-half rivals away from home in the second half of the campaign.
This has to be regarded as a disadvantage when the race for points hots up and their position as having the best home defensive record in the top-flight will surely crumble with all of the big boys set to visit the KC Stadium.
All in all, Hull will need to get close to doubling their current points tally to avoid relegation, something which the fixture list suggests will be tough.
Swansea to finish in the top half @ 1/1
Swansea are currently positioned in the top half of the Premier League standings, despite largely underwhelming this season and only winning five games, including two of eight at the Liberty Stadium.
Signs of improvement of late can be seen, as Swansea’s only defeat in their last six was at the Etihad against Manchester City.
Throw in that star man Michu is just returning to match sharpness after injury and that they are to play at home against five of the Premier League’s bottom seven in the second half of the season, and believing they can at worst maintain their present position seems wise.