PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING TIPS AND PREDICTIONS
Premier League 2016/17 Round 23
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Who will follow in Leicester’s footsteps this season after their unexpected victories in the last season across all competitions? Having narrowly avoided relegation in the 2014/15 season, the Foxes were able to beat the odds and win the Premier League, coveted by clubs like Manchester City, United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham earlier in the season! And after such a scenario, it seems difficult to imagine that they might do it a second time in a row in the Premier League.
The teams to follow
They meet again! After repeated clashing of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, José Mourinho and Guardiola will end up meeting once again next season for one of the most anticipated derbies in European football: Manchester United vs Manchester City . With signings like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrik Mkhitaryan and possibly Paul Pogba for United, Manuel Nolito, Ilkay Gündogan Jesus and Gabriel in January and certainly Leroy Sane for City. The two Manchester clubs, are amoung the favourites to win the title this season, alongside well-known rivals, Chelsea. Reinforced by Michy Batshuayi, N'Golo Kanté and Antonio Conte, the Blues will have to redeem themselves after a disastrous season which saw them fail to finish in the top 10. Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino will try to get them back where they were, within the top five in the league. Excluding the Gunners and Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool from the equation would be a huge mistake. If the league title does not appear to be a realistic goal despite the arrivals of Granit Xhaka to Arsenal and Mané and Wijnaldum for Liverpool, then the task of qualifying for the Champions League is certainely more achievable! Finally, unless Claudio Ranieri can only pull off a miracle again, the Foxes Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, Musa Aydin and Nampalys Mendy could have a foot in the door after their recent victory last season.
How they have performed up until now
It’s hard to imagine Leicester sinking this season after their title win last season, but such a scenario is not impossible. Apart from N'Golo Kanté, most players, for now, are staying at the club and their only difficulty will be avoiding falling into the trap of complacency. AJ Auxerre, come to mind. They were third at the end of the 2009/2010 season and dead last in 2011/2012. Recently promoted, Burnley and Hull City appear to be the least likely to return to the Championship, unlike Middlesbrough, who are in immediate trouble with the possibility of being relegated this season. A trap that Sunderland fell into once before, as well as, Watford, who were promoted two seasons ago, West Brom and Swansea. They could also lose Andre Ayew, which will be hard to cope without. The gap seems to be widening not only between the top teams but also teams that are weaker like Stoke City, Crystal Palace or Bournemouth, for example, all of whom were very smart during the transfer window!
Beware of the inclination to favour the home team when betting on the Premier League! In the last five seasons, with the exception of the 2012/2013 season (28%), the percentage of away wins was always above 30% throughout the season! An unusual statistic, which reflects the reality PL: at a meeting between two mid-table teams, both teams are equally likely to win! The scorers are also often present(on average, about 55% of the games generate over 2.5 goals in recent years), so it may be wise to bet on number of goals scored! Players like Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane rare still safe bets, having scored more than 20 goals in the last two seasons. A list to which you can add names like Zlatan Ibrahimovic (38 goals in Ligue 1 last season), Alexis Sanchez (29 goals over the last 2 seasons) or Olivier Giroud, with 46 (16 + 14 + 16) goals in the last 3 years.
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