Freebets.com previews the 2015/16 Premier League season with a team by team breakdown of club expectations and recommended betting markets.
We have scoured the markets looking to find the best odds on some interesting bets ahead of the big kick-off on August 8th. All 20 Premier League teams have been analysed to assist your football betting and we hope that you find this guide useful in coming to your final decision on which selections to back this season.
Arsenal Premier League Betting
The Gunners won the FA Cup for the second consecutive season, but still trailed 12 points behind Premier League winners Chelsea last term. Arsene Wenger needs to find a way of winning some '6-pointers' against the other sides vying for the title if Arsenal are to close the gap and having addressed the long-standing goalkeeper issue by signing Petr Cech they may get a little closer this time around. Still, odds of 9/2 about them winning the title don't look too inviting when they still look short of some steel in midfield and a world-class centre back, so a punt on Arsenal at generally available odds of 5/2 in the Without Chelsea market may be the way to go. Alternatively, those that feel Man City will be Arsenal's main obstacle can bet at odds of 15/8 with bet365 that the Gunners are the top London club.
Aston Villa Premier League Betting
Considering the paltry amount of goals that Villa amassed last season, you'd expect them to struggle now that Christian Benteke - responsible for 13 of the 31 - has moved on to pastures new. Fabian Delph has also departed, leaving manager Tim Sherwood with plenty of work to do to keep his team in the top flight, having avoided relegation by a mere 3 points last season. Apologies to any Villans reading this, but odds of 7/2 about Aston Villa being relegated with 888Sport cannot be ignored, especially when trebled for new customers. Sherwood's new signings will need to hit the ground running with trips to Liverpool and Chelsea inside the first 10 fixtures, along with both Manchester clubs to play in the first 12. He's a generally available 10/1 shot in the Next Premier League Manager To Leave Post market.
Bournemouth Premier League Betting
At 25/1 in the aforementioned market, Eddie Howe would seem to have time to settle his new signings into their new surroundings as Bournemouth play their first ever season in the top-flight. Beating the drop would be considered a major success for the Cherries and centre-back Silvain Distin's Premier League experience could be key to Bournemouth achieving their goals. Odds of 4/6 about Bournemouth staying up can be overlooked in favour of a bet on the Top Promoted Team market where they can be backed at 6/4 with bet365, as you'd imagine they'd need to do better than Norwich and Watford to avoid relegation.
Chelsea Premier League Betting
Defending champions Chelsea will once again be the side to beat and Jose Mourinho is likely to stick to his usual tactics of overwhelming the lesser sides and attempting to stifle any title rivals. There's little value to be had in the Premier League Winner market unless you're happy to stick a decent wedge on the Blues and punters may be more inclined to take up Betfair's odds of 6/1 Chelsea to remain unbeaten at Stamford Bridge all season in the Premier League while bet365 offer 100/1 for the Blues to go unbeaten home and away. Mourinho appears to have taken a bit of a gamble on Radamel Falcao after he failed to fire at Man Utd last season, but if he can find his old form now reunited with his old Atletico Madrid teammate Diego Costa, the duo could quite feasibly forge a lethal partnership and help to fire Chelsea to another title.
Crystal Palace Premier League Betting
Alan Pardew certainly turned things around for Palace last season and looks to have pulled off a bit of a coup to land the signature of Yohan Cabaye from PSG, whom he worked with in his time at Newcastle. The Frenchman will now be the focal point for the Eagles and the Selhurst Park faithful will be hoping the record signing can carve out plenty of goal-scoring opportunities for their strikers, including Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford. With last season's top-three to play inside the first 5 games, Palace are unlikely to make a fast start, but will be aiming for another top-half finish and look capable of equalling last season's 10th placed finish at 6/4 on bet365.
Everton Premier League Betting
Europa League exertions hit Everton hard last season and Roberto Martinez will be expecting a much better showing in the Premier League this term. The return of former loanee Deulofeu will boost the Toffees' attacking options, but keeping hold of centre-back John Stones could be key to their fortunes. Everton are expected finish in the top half at least and will be chasing European qualification, so odds of 3/1 with bet365 in the Without Big 6 market look more than fair. Brave punters that fancy Everton to finish above Tottenham and Merseyside rivals Liverpool can get a tasty price of 12/1 in the Without Top 4 market.
Leicester City Premier League Betting
The Foxes pulled off one of the Premier League's greatest ever escapes last season, yet manager Nigel Pearson was controversially sacked in pre-season and replaced by Claudio Ranieri. The last named became known as the 'Tinkerman' after constantly rotating his squad when he was Chelsea boss, so Leicester fans can expect plenty of chopping and changing to the starting XI over the coming months. Esteban Cambiasso was a central figure in helping Leicester to beat the drop and has declined an offer to stay on, so it could be another long hard season at the King Power Stadium. Odds of 7/2 with William Hill about Leicester being relegated shouldn't be sniffed at, especially with daunting trips to Man Utd and Chelsea inside what could be a crucial final three fixtures.
Liverpool Premier League Betting
After narrowly missing out on the title the season before last, Liverpool recruited badly and went backwards last term. But looking on the bright side, manager Brendan Rogers looks to have learned a few lessons and has brought in proven goalscorer Christian Benteke, who must be worth an each-way punt at best odds 16/1 with bet365 to be Premier League Top Goalscorer. Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings will give the Reds even more options in attack and the squad will need to adapt to playing Thursdays and Sundays due to their Europa League commitments. That tournament has more often than not had a negative effect on the domestic form of the teams involved and on that basis it could be worth steering clear of a bet on Liverpool to break back into the top four.
Manchester City Premier League Betting
The pressure is on for Manuel Pellegrini to deliver success at the Etihad this season and it remains to be seen whether the hefty transfer fee paid to bring in Raheem Sterling from Liverpool has been worthwhile. It will be interesting to see how the most expensive English player ever fits in with David Silva and Sergio Aguero and City could be absolutely lethal going forward if it all clicks into place. However, some would point to the defence being the main area for improvement on last year's showings and errors at the back may once again cost them dear. Man City scored 10 more goals than Chelsea last season and look to be well enough equipped to warrant interest in Betvictor's best odds 7/4 in the Highest Scoring Team market.
Manchester United Premier League Betting
The Red Devils posted 'title-winning' form in the second half of last season, but had given themselves an uphill challenge by dropping too many points early on and finished 17 points behind eventual winners Chelsea. With so much ground to make up, it's little surprise that United have been highly active in the transfer market this summer and the captures of highly rated Dutch youngster Memphis Depay along with Germany international Bastian Schweinsteiger and France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin are a signal of their intent to push for glory. Sergio Romero's arrival suggests that goalkeeper David de Gea - so often a match winner for Man Utd last term - may well be about to leave for Real Madrid. Loyal United fans will be snapping up Ladbroke's 11/2 about them winning the title, but one of Chelsea or Man City would seem likely to pip them to top spot and a bet on the Top 2 Finish market at 9/4 with Stan James may be the way to go.
Newcastle United Premier League Betting
It's never easy to assess what you're going to get from Newcastle United, but there is fresh optimism on Tyneside after a nightmare second half to last season. The Magpies dropped like a stone after Alan Pardew left and under John Carver they narrowly avoided relegation, but the appointment of Steve McLaren and a raft of new signings this summer has brightened the mood at St James' Park. Georginio Wijnaldum is an established international, while Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba could be great buys if they fulfil their potential and the spending may not yet be over. Still, they look particularly light in defence and as a team that tends to ship a few goals on the road a mid-table finish may be the best fans can hope for. Newcastle are 1/2 to be Top Northeast Club and 3/1 for a Top 10 Finish.
Norwich Premier League Betting
Norwich return to the top-flight after a one year hiatus and it looks like manager Alex Neil is happy to stick with the majority of players that earned promotion via the Play-Offs last season. Graham Dorrans, Youssouf Mulumbu, Andre Wisdom and Robbie Brady will add further experience to a squad which already contains a number of players that have played in the Premier League, but it remains to be seen whether the conservative approach to transfer dealings will pay off for the club come next May. The Canaries shipped 62 goals when they were relegated in 2013/14 and had to endure some real horror shows, most notably a 7-0 drubbing away to Man City. With the gulf in class between the sides chasing the title and those battling relegation perhaps even wider these days, a bet on Norwich being the Team To Concede Most Goals at 9/2 with 888Sport seems reasonable.
Southampton Premier League Betting
Southampton defied the pre-season doom and gloom after a mass exodus last summer and did fantastically well to finish seventh in the table, earning themselves a place in the third qualifying round of the Europa League in the process. Manager Ronald Koeman must once again replace a number of departures, most notably Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathanial Clyne, but looks to have a decent enough squad to go with this season. Balancing continental and domestic duties could take their toll though, and Saints fans may want to cover for disappointment with a bet on Southampton in the To Finish In Bottom Half market.
Stoke City Premier League Betting
Stoke did extremely well to finish in the top half last season and Mark Hughes will be looking to continue his side's improvement and perhaps push for Europa League football. However, with influential pair Asmir Begovic and Steven N'Zonzi now departed, mid table mediocrity could be on the cards once more. The Potters have snapped up ex-Barca man Ibrahim Afellay on a free transfer in addition to experienced full-back Glen Johnson, midfielder Marco van Ginkel and veteran goalkeeper Shay Given, so have a fairly useful squad and are rightly considered a contender for a top-half finish at odds of 11/10 at bet365.
Sunderland Premier League Betting
Sunderland were once again involved in a relegation battle last season and showed real fighting spirit to beat the drop. Dick Advocaat has been persuaded to stay on for another season and will be hoping that new signings such as Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Coates can help the Wearsiders to a better points tally this season. Having had tough opening fixture last season, The Black Cats have a much more favourable start this time around and will be hopeful of putting some space between themselves and the drop-zone before a tricky looking festive schedule. Sunderland and Aston Villa were tied on 31 goals last season, just three ahead of the lowest scorers Burnley and with no significant investment in attacking personnel, a bet on them in the Lowest Scoring Team market may prove worthwhile.
Swansea City Premier League Betting
Swansea City can be proud of their eighth-placed finish last season, especially in light of losing striker Wilfried Bony in the January transfer window. Bafetimbi Gomis stepped up to the plate and kept plugging away in front of goal as the Swans picked up a number of big scalps and Garry Monk looks to have pulled off quite a coup to land Andre Ayew from Marseille, who along with Gylfi Sigurdsson is sure to chip in with a few goals from midfield. They were hard to beat at the Liberty Stadium last season and maintaining that strong home form will give them a good chance of another top-half finish at odds of 5/4 with bet365.
Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Betting
Harry Kane enjoyed a real breakthrough season for Spurs in 2014/15 and will be looking to keep firing in the goals to remain firmly in Roy Hodgson's thoughts ahead of Euro 2016. He'll be the go to guy for First Goalscorer bets this season and is worth considering as a Top Goalscorer punt. Mauricio Pochettino has been keen to patch up his porous defence and the capture of Toby Alderweireld could help to shore things up at the back, while he's also cleared out a lot of deadwood too. Tottenham will once again be juggling European and domestic responsibilities, which in recent seasons has hampered their bed for a top-four finish. Spurs are odds-on for a top-six finish, so a bet on the Without Big 4 market may be preferred for more favourable odds.
Watford Premier League Betting
Watford return to the Premier League after an eight year absence having finished runners-up to Bournemouth in the Championship to gain automatic promotion to the top level of English football. The Hornets will hope to make a good fist of it this time after failing to record a Premier League win until November in the 2006/07 season, ending that campaign with a paltry 5 wins. There have been some interesting new arrivals at Vicarage Road such as full-back Sebastian Prodl and players with Premier League experience such as Etienne Capoue and Valon Behrami, but you'd have to fancy Watford to struggle this season. They're short-priced favourites for the drop and punters looking for bigger odds can get 6/1 on Quique Flores in Next manager To Leave Post betting after he became Watford's fifth coach in a year last season.
West Bromwich Albion Premier League Betting
Tony Pulis steadied the ship at West Brom last season and the Baggies will be looking to remain in calmer waters this season. Unsurprisingly under no-nonsense Pulis, Albion were involved in many low-scoring games and following the capture of James Chester from Hull, West Brom should continue to be a team to consider for Total Goals Over/Under markets throughout the campaign. Optimistic fans at the Hawthorns may fancy their team for a Top 10 Finish, but a bet on them being the Top Midlands Club pays more and you'd imagine they'd have to better Stoke, Leicester and Aston Villa to end up in the top-half of the table.
West Ham United Premier League Betting
After getting West Ham back into the Premier League and securing their top flight status, Sam Allardyce has moved on and Slaven Bilic is tasked with taking the club forward. The Hammers are in the Europa League by virtue of the Fair Play rule, but even with new arrivals such as Dimitri Payet and Carl Jenkinson you have to wonder whether the squad is cut out for the rigours of European football. There is of course still time to bolster the squad, but it wouldn't be a surprise if West Ham failed to improve on last season's showing and a bet on the To Finish In Bottom Half market is worthy of consideration at 4/9 on bet365.