3/1 RVP to be top goal scorer yet AGAIN.
The 2013-14 Premiership season kicks off this weekend and Coral have markets on just about everything you can think of = right through from heroes (top goalscorers) to villains (most yellow cards).
Robin van Persie, inevitably, is favourite at 3-1 to be top goalscorer after topping the charts for the past two seasons (30 for Arsenal and then 26 for Manchester United) and punters will have noted his enduring sharpness in the Community Shield at Wembley last Sunday.
What is more, there are doubts surrounding the future whereabouts of three of the Dutchman’s most likely dangers on paper – Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale – who, at the very least, are likely to miss the start of the campaign for one reason or another.
Manchester City have all sorts of threats up front now after signing more classy forwards during the summer and look a good bet with Coral to end the season as top scorers overall (13/5), but the goals are likely to be more shared out among Sergio Aguero et al than they will be at Old Trafford.
Christian Benteke scored 19 times for Aston Villa last season and at 18/1 looks a decent shout to get into the top four again, but it’s hard to get away from a van Persie hat-trick of ‘Golden Boots.’
City to win the Premier League from Chelsea with United third has been a popular forecast in the media in recent weeks and anybody willing to back up that opinion with hard cash can get 9/1 with the Coral Straight Tricast.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men are 8/13 to win a major trophy (6/5 not to), Chelsea 4/6 (11/10) and United 8/11 (evens). Anyone who believes one of those three clubs is going to win the Treble (Premier League, F.A. Cup and Champions League) can get on at 150/1, 150/1 and 200/1 respectively.
Down at the other end of the table, Coral rate the prospect of the three clubs promoted from the Championship last year – Cardiff City, Hull City and Crystal Palace – all going straight back down again at 10/1.
There’s plenty of action going on in between, too, with season’s performance match bets for every team, including those between traditional fierce rivals. Sunderland are 13/10 to finish higher than Newcastle, Cardiff 11/5 to finish above Swansea, Everton 13/5 to better Liverpool and Spurs 2/1 to claim more points than Arsenal. West Brom and Aston Villa are 10/11 each of two.
Other ‘Specials’ that catch the eye are the upwardly mobile Swansea to finish in the top half of the table again (13/8), while Spurs, at 15/8, make more appeal than Arsenal (8/13) or Liverpool (13/8) to finish in the top four.
And by the way, in case you were wondering, Stoke are 4/1 favourites to tot up the most yellow cards.
Written by Jon Freeman