The Premier League has only been underway for a few short weeks, but already it has provided enough news stories to cover the back pages of the UK and international press day after day. Here, we take a look at some of the conclusions we can draw from events over the first three weeks. Whether you are a die hard EPL fan, a casual observer or among the growing band of online sportbook visitors who likes to place a sporting wager by cash or Bitcoin, the following will provide food for thought.
City still favourite, but fallible
There can be few times in the history of the EPL, or indeed of any other football league, that a team has been such a strong favourite before the opening match even got underway. Still, they started the season at 4/6, and that’s where they remain at present thanks to a solid, but not flawless opening to the campaign.
The biggest news from the most successful team surrounded their controversial draw against Wolves last week, but that shouldn’t detract from the fact that this team is still the class of the field. Those 4/6 odds will only get shorter, so if you are planning on backing them with your hard earned pounds, Euros or Bitcoins, do it sooner rather than later. You can bet on EPL at this Bitcoin sportbook, but there might be some more tempting sports betting wagers to look at that City winning the title.
The perfect start for Liverpool
While we were still watching events unfold in Russia, those in the know were saying that Jurgen Klopp was crafting a Liverpool team that could present a serious challenge to City. Three games in, three wins and not a goal conceded. OK, so West Ham, Palace and Brighton have not been the stiffest of opponents, but they can only play the opposition that is put in front of them, and this has been exactly the start they needed to gain momentum for the challenges ahead. Can they sustain it for a whole season and finish at the top? The bookies are offering 5/2.
Mourinho heading for the door?
Everyone knows Manchester United’s long and proud history. Jose Mourinho is now in his third season in charge, and if he doesn’t turn things around for The Reds this year, he is unlikely to be given a fourth in which to try. The fact that United have slipped to 50/1 to win the EPL after just three games tells you all you need to know – losing to Brighton when there are a stack of other games going on at the same time is bad enough, but the mid-week defeat at the hand of Spurs on a slow news day with the whole football world looking on was the stuff of disasters. Sports betting is not just about backing which teams will win or lose, and one of the more interesting wagers on offer concerns the next EPL manager to leave his post. Mourinho is now even money favourite.
Up and down the Hammers
Another manager who is under fire is Manuel Pellegrini. Hammers fans must have a feeling of deja-vu – last year, the team got off to a disastrous start, with three consecutive defeats, and it took a strong performance at the end of the season, including a 0-0 draw against Manchester United and a 3-1 win over Everton to keep them out of the relegation zone. This year has started the same way, but Pellegrini is confident that things will click into place soon. From a sports betting perspective, the most tempting offer would be to bet against him. The Hammers are 4/1 to be relegated, which seem like tempting odds for a team that has yet to register a point.