A brand new Premier League season is just about to be unwrapped so here at Ladbrokes News we thought it appropriate to offer a few wagers we think will come to fruition over the course of 2015/16.
Each editor on the site has scratched their chins hard, delved into the stats (or just trusted their instincts) to offer one long-term bet each for the forthcoming campaign.
Check out what everyone went for, and see if you think any value is lurking or whether we’ve all taken leave of our senses…
Harry Kane to be the top English Premier League scorer @ 7/2
Many punters are sure to fancy market favourite Wayne Rooney to come out on top after Louis van Gaal revealed his plans to return the Manchester United skipper to a striking role.
However, it’s worth noting that only once in the last five seasons has Wazza notched over 20 goals and that was back in 2011/12, while only four times in 11 Old Trafford campaigns has he surpassed the 15-goal mark. Therefore, Spurs’ scoring sensation looks a belting bet to rack up most English goals again this season, following his haul of 21 last term.
AFC Bournemouth to finish in the top 10 @ 13/2
Everyone is tipping the Cherries to go straight back down but Eddie Howe has bought well this summer and with Max Gradel, Lee Tomlin and Callum Wilson all capable of scoring goals the south coast could have two clubs in the upper echelons of the top flight this year.
Nottingham Forest were the surprise package in 1995 and Sunderland managed to finish seventh in 2000 so with Bournemouth’s attack-minded squad taking shape, and one of the best young managers in the country at the helm, I’m backing my home-town side to do more than make up the numbers this year.
Nacer Chadli Premier League Top Goalscorer E/W @ 150/1
Four players with triple-figure odds have filled the each-way places in the Golden Boot race in the past three seasons. Two of them have played for Spurs.
After Harry Kane, at 250/1, and Gareth Bale at 150s (Charlie Austin and Yaya Toure are the others to make up the quadrant), Nacer Chadli is primed to surprise following his 11-goal haul last season. Those exploits secured him the left-winger’s spot for the coming campaign, where he will continue to improve
Aston Villa to be the lowest scoring team @ 7/1
Only Burnley scored fewer goals than Villa last year and the loss of Christian Benteke could be key to this wager being huge value.
The Belgian netted 13 of their 31 goals last term, and with attacking replacements Jordan Ayew and Rudy Gestede unproven in the Premier League, I’m willing to take a punt on this.
Southampton to win Premier League without the Big Six @ 7/4
The Saints topped this particular market last year and if anything their squad is stronger. Jordy Clasie can replace Morgan Schneiderlin and Cedric Soares has the same attacking intent as Nathaniel Clyne. Another central defender would be good though.
Throw in that Jay Rodriguez is back fit and the exciting Sadio Mane is now integrated to the team’s set up and a top-six tilt is a real possibility. The only obvious concern is how they will juggle league demands with those of the Europa League.
Leicester to be relegated @ 11/4
There hasn’t been a lot of love for the Tinkerman since it was announced he’ll be returning to the Premier League with many pundits predicting Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes will struggle this term.
Ranieri could quickly become a figure of fun, although you won’t see many Leicester fans laughing when he takes them down. Only a miracle run of six wins in their final seven games saved them in 2014-15 and a repeat of those heroics is unlikely.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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