It may feel like it has only just started, but the Premier League season is now in full swing. For some teams, like Liverpool and Manchester City, it is business as usual, whereas others find themselves in all sorts of difficulties. Patterns are beginning to emerge, some of which punters can use to their advantage.
While the bookies have more or less deemed it a two-horse race between City and Liverpool for the title, betting sites have a lot more options for the season. Below we look at three markets that might just deliver some value. Nothing is guaranteed, of course, but we will try to argue the case nonetheless:
West Ham Finish in the Top 10
For a similar price to City winning the league in that dogfight with Liverpool, you can get 4/6 from 888sport that West Ham finish in the top half. Yes, that might sound unambitious given that they are also priced at 5/1 for a Top 6 place and 25/1 for a Top 4 place, but this feels like it’s almost guaranteed. The Hammers are unbeaten since the hammering at the hands of Manchester City on the opening day of the season, but even in that huge defeat there were signs that Manuel Pellegrini is developing a very good side. Sure, there are some kinks that need ironed out, but 10th place seems like the lower end of West Ham’s possible positions. Pellegrini is an astute and pragmatic manager; expect West Ham to stay close to the 5th position they currently occupy.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Next Manager to Leave
The sack race is starting to heat up, with the likes of Marco Silva, Mauricio Pochettino and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under a lot of pressure. All three men still retain some measure of support from the fans, but it is Solskjaer that is perhaps most intriguing. Whereas Silva and Pochettino can point to some modicum of progress and a semblance of a plan, United seem so directionless that you get the feeling the board might try something to jolt it into life. Indeed, Solskjaer’s best chance of survival might just be the fact that there does not seem to be anybody out there who could do much better with United. Moreover, who would want the job? Solskjaer is available at 7/1 to be the next manager to leave, more than double the price of the other two.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to be PFA Player of the Year
Most bookmakers have plumped for Kevin De Bruyne as the top pick for PFA Player of the Year. It’s easy to see why, as the Belgian is the complete midfielder. He is injured at the moment, however, and that had City fans worried about a long lay-off like last season. Yet, even if De Bruyne stays fit he might face some competition from the brilliant Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Arsenal forward is arguably the most underrated player in the Premier League, and it’s about time that he really starts to get appreciated as a world class talent. He has already seven goals in seven games in the league, and he can spark a run at the Top 4 for Arsenal. 20/1 looks like supreme value, especially when you compare it to the 2/1 generally price for De Bruyne.