As always the Premier League is a major source of betting turnover for bookmakers as they look to compete for punters business. Numerous sportsbooks offer money back specials throughout the course of the season and in the past number of years some bookies have paid out early on the Premier League winner.
There are hundreds of season long betting markets to choose from and punters no longer need to focus on betting on the Outright or Relegation markets.
The BetPreviews.com team has studied countless markets over the past week picking out the five best season long bets.
Arsenal to finish top-4 @ 4/6, BetVictor
This is one of the best bets on offer with doubts around Tottenham’s and Liverpool’s ability to challenge for the top-4. Much has been made of Robin Van Persie’s departure to United but the fact is that Arsenal have a stronger squad this season with the arrival of three big signings. All three will likely be in the starting eleven and a little more luck with injuries should see the Gunners comfortably finish in the top-4. They may even finish ahead of Chelsea with them looking to integrate a new attacking system under Di Matteo’s first full season in charge.
Swansea to be relegated @ 2/1, General
The general 2/1 appears to be too big given that the Welsh club has a new manager and seen two big players leave the club. Michael Laudrup and his new signings may struggle with the Premier League while the loss of Joe Allen and Gylfi Sigurdsson are a huge blow. One of the first comments made by Laudrup after his appointment was that he was looking to trim the squad! He clearly knows little about the demands of a Premier League season. It is difficult to see how Laudrup can improve on Brendan Rodgers and recent mutterings from Scott Sinclair wanting to leave is also not good.
QPR to finish top-10 @ 11/4, General
The big 4 will inevitably be joined in the top 10 by Liverpool and Tottenham so that means the remaining four spots will be decided between Newcastle, Everton, Sunderland, Aston Villa, Fulham, Stoke and QPR.
Off them six sides, QPR have been the most active in the transfer market bringing in a number of quality players who are proven in the Premier League. Ji-Sung Pak, Junior Hoilett and Ryan Nelsen will all be likely starters.
There has been a lack of signings at Sunderland, Fulham and Villa so that further closes the gap between them and QPR.
In Mark Hughes they have one of the best managers in the league and he is sure to instill a good spirit around the club that are definitely on an upward curve.
Man United to be highest scoring team @ 7/4, Stan James
This appears to be a straight match bet between United and their neighbors City who are 4/6. Last season scored 88 goals to United’s 86 with Arsenal scoring a distant 68 goals.
Many of City’s goals were scored by last season’s new signings Sergio Aguero and assisted David Silva. They undoubtedly have a potent quartet of strikers in Aguero, Dzeko, Balotelli and Tevez but much depends on their mood with Dezeko and Balotelli in particular dipping in and out of form of last season.
United has been greatly boosted by the signing of Robin Van Persie and have always been a team that created a host of chances in a game. Van Persie has been one of the top assist makers in the Premier League over the last number of years and last season was the top scorer showing he can both create and finish goals. In what seems to be a 50/50 race, the 7/4 about United outscoring City is simply too big.
West Ham to be top newcomer @ 6/4, BetVictor
A market between three teams, I think we can safely rule out Southampton who have failed to make any worthwhile additions to their squad during the summer. That leaves West Ham and Reading, 2/1, with the Hammers appearing to have the more experienced squad.
They were arguably the best team in the Championship last season and in Kevin Nolan, Mark Noble, Matt Taylor and Carlton Cole they have proven experience. Richard Vaz Te is a young player who could step up to scoring goals at Premier League level. Sam Allardyce has signed Diame and Demel, both of whom will make them even tougher to beat.
Reading have a good manager in Brian McDermott and signing Progrebnyak will add goals to the team but it may be a case that they lack quality in their squad compared to the Hammers. Most of the Reading squad, particularly their midfielders, haven’t experienced top flight football and they may struggle to cope. They will pick up points but lack of depth in the squad should mean they finish lower than West Ham.