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West Ham v Bournemouth Predictions & Betting Odds – 18th August 2018

West Ham
West Ham v Bournemouth Betting Tips - Premier League, 18th August 3.00pm The start of the new season didn't quite go to plan for West Ham. They made so many positive moves in the summer transfer market and with a new manager at the helm, they looked as if they could at least challenge Liverpool. They didn’t and suffered a hefty defeat at Anfield. So they have to pick themselves up after that as they play host to Bournemouth on the weekend. The Cherries did open in positive fashion as they collected a solid win over Cardiff. Read our predictions for the West Ham v Bournemouth fixture.

West Ham News and Form

The Irons were torn apart in a 4-0 loss against Liverpool last weekend. They went into the new season with optimism as they got new manager Manuel Pellegrini and they made some very positive signings as well. It looked as if West Ham were trying to compete with flair over substance against the Reds and that’s not going to work. But Liverpool are such a good side they will destroy better teams than West Ham so the Hammers can shake it off. West Ham do still have the likes of Lucas Perez and Carlos Sanchez still to come into the team. This could well be another high scoring game involving the Hammers and we are looking at over 2.5 goals at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 16th, 2018 at 4:13 p.m.). They will be waiting on the fitness of Marko Arnautovic who suffered a knock last weekend against Liverpool. Last season in the top flight West Ham recorded a W7 D6 L6 return on home soil and in that they averaged 1.25 goals per game. We are expecting both teams to get on the scoresheet in his one because Bournemouth are decent in attack. Both teams to score at bet365 is at 8/13 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 16th, 2018 at 4:13 p.m.). The Hammers collected a clean sheet in just 37% of their home games last season. West Ham have won just one of their last four home games, but this is a chance to start their home campaign off on a positive note after such a chastening result last weekend.

Bournemouth News and Form

The Cherries were very good value for their 2-0 home win over the newly promoted Cardiff City last weekend at the Vitality Stadium. It could have been a tricky game for the Cherries, but they handled themselves very well. Ryan Fraser opened the scoring for them before Callum Wilson sealed the deal with a second for them in the 90th minute. Wilson is at 13/8 in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken on August 16th, 2018 at 4:13 p.m.). So a good start made and that moves them to a three-match winning streak in the Premier League carrying over from last term. There have been over 2.5 goals in all but one of their last seven away games in the Premier League, so again, we are expecting excitement in this one. Jefferson Lerma remains a doubt, while Diego Rico is suspended. They are also missing Junior Stanislas through injury. After facing such a direct Cardiff side this will be a totally different test for their defence against the West Ham attack.

West Ham v Bournemouth Head to Head

Both Premier League games between the two sides were drawn last season and things are dead even between them in recent games. There have been two wins each and two draws in the last six Premier League meetings between the clubs. Four of the last six meetings have gone above the 3.5 goal line and there have been two red cards in the last six games between them.

West Ham v Bournemouth Betting Odds*

West Ham 23/20 Draw 23/10 Bournemouth 12/5 * (Betting Odds were taken on August 16th, 2018 at 4:13 p.m.)

West Ham v Bournemouth Predictions

West Ham to win: We are still backing West Ham to come good and there is a stronger starting line up that can be put out compared to the one last weekend. We are expecting a goal at both ends but are sticking with the Hammers. So a West Ham to win & both teams to score option does have some appeal in our predictions for West Ham v Bournemouth.
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Tottenham v Fulham Predictions & Betting Odds – 18th August 2018

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Tottenham v Fulham Betting Tips - Premier League, 18th August 3.00pm Tottenham didn’t go shopping over the summer in the transfer market, but they still went out and produced a win out on the road at Newcastle last weekend. So that was a positive start by them and as their new stadium isn’t ready yet, they head back to Wembley for this game. Fulham will have been disappointed not to have gotten anything out of their home game against Crystal Palace last weekend. This is a tough game in which to try and recover. Read our predictions for Tottenham v Fulham for more.

Tottenham News and Form

The Lilywhites got themselves off to a winning start as they collected a 2-1 win at Newcastle. There was some pressure on their shoulders too because they decided not to dip into the transfer market over the summer. They got the job done at St James’ Park through early goals from Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli. It is Harry Kane who is the 21/20 first goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken on August 16th, 2018 at 4:13 p.m.) for the game. Surprisingly Kane did get a full game against Newcastle after his efforts at the World Cup in the summer. But again there is still that record over his head of never having scored a Premier League goal in the month of August. Can he break that? Tottenham went W13 D4 L2 last season in their home games played at Wembley which is where they will be back at this weekend. Spurs have won seven of their last eight home games in the league, the only exception a loss against Manchester City. There will be plenty of expectancy on them to collect three points here and a Tottenham 2-0 option in the correct score market is one of our top predictions for Tottenham v Fulham at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 16th, 2018 at 4:13 p.m.). Spurs did average over two goals per game last season at home, conceding under a goal per game on average. The Lilywhites have netted at least two goals in six of their last seven games against Fulham too. Eight of their eleven home wins were to nil as well which offers another option. Spurs are unbeaten in 36 of their last 38 league home games.

Fulham News and Form

Fulham couldn’t get anything out of their efforts against Crystal Palace last weekend at Craven Cottage. They totally dominated the game in terms of possession and they played some really neat, accurate passing stuff. But they couldn’t convert their chances and were punished and that is a harsh lesson they are going to have to learn to deal with in the Premier League. Both Teams not to score in the match is at 3/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 16th, 2018 at 4:13 p.m.) and Fulham aren’t likely to find possession as easy to come by against Spurs. The Cottagers do have a very good squad in place though but they won’t be at full strength for this one. Alfie Mawson and big summer signing Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa are doubtful for the game. With Denis Odoi suspended still there are going to be gaps across their back line. That all combines to make this a tough road game and following their misfire against Palace last weekend, there is going to be some early pressure on the west Londoners if they remain without a point after two games.

Tottenham v Fulham Head to Head

Spurs and Fulham met as recently as last year when they contested an FA Cup match at Craven Cottage. Spurs produced a comfortable 3-0 win in that clash. That is a three-match winning streak that they are on now against Fulham. The last time they were together in the Premier League was in the 2013/14 season with Spurs winning both of those games. Spurs have won four of their last five (D1) Premier League home games against Fulham.

Tottenham v Fulham Betting Odds*

Tottenham 1/4 Draw 5/1 Fulham 9/1 * (Betting Odds were taken on August 16th, 2018 at 4:13 p.m.)

Tottenham v Fulham Predictions

Tottenham to win: Spurs will be back on familiar turf in this one at Wembley and we can see them doing enough against Fulham to produce the victory. Fulham will have been disappointed against Palace about not getting on the scoresheet at least. Back Spurs to win to nil.
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Leicester v Wolves Predictions & Betting Odds – 18th August 2018

Leicester
Leicester v Wolves Betting Tips - Premier League, 18th August 3.00pm It seems the pressure is already mounting on Leicester boss Claude Puel who didn’t have a great end-of-season last term. This new Premier League campaign opened with a defeat as well for Leicester. So the Foxes will be looking to land a positive in this Midlands derby. Wolves showed a bit of character last weekend, twice coming from behind at Molineux to earn a 2-2 draw against Everton. Read our predictions for this Leicester v Wolves fixture.

Leicester News and Form

Leicester were pretty soundly beaten in a 2-1 loss at Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season. Their goal was a late consolation from Jamie Vardy who came off the bench. He is likely to get a starting place and he is the 15/4 first goalscorer favourite for the game* (Betting Odds were taken on August 16th, 2018 at 4:13 p.m.) which will immediately make them a strong option for this game. So the Foxes still looked a little unconvincing under Claude Puel, but this is an opportunity for them on home soil to put something together. Jonny Evans, Vicente Iborra, Rachid Ghezzal could all come into the starting line up. The Foxes produced a W7 D6 L6 record at the King Power last season. The reason why there is pressure on Puel is that Leicester won just one of their last seven home games in the top flight. Leicester took just four points from their final seven games (home and away) last season as well. So put it all together that’s just one win in their last eight Premier League fixtures. There have been over 2.5 goals in each of Leicester's last three Premier League games. Over 2.5 goals at bet365 has to be a solid betting tip for Leicester v Wolves at 21/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 16th, 2018 at 4:13 p.m.).

Wolves News and Form

Wolves will be fairly happy with their start back in the top flight. They had to twice fight back from a goal down against Everton to earn a 2-2 draw last weekend. They probably never quite expected to find themselves under as much pressure at the back as they were. So there has to be some tightening up in defence for Nuno Espirito Santo’s men. It was Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez who got their goals. Leo Bonatini impressed off the bench last weekend and could well force his way into a starting position. Naturally, there is going to be a bit of time needed for Wolves to settle down into top-flight life, but they will be happy with the return of goals that they did produce against Everton. They do look as if they have enough about them to threaten the Leicester defence but away games like this don't come easily for newly promoted side and a Leicester to win and both teams to score betting tip returns 10/3 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 16th, 2018 at 4:13 p.m.).

Leicester v Wolves Head to Head

This will be the first meeting between Leicester and Wolves since the 2012/13 Championship season where there was a 2-1 home win for each. Their only previous Premier League meetings was during the 2003/04 season when Wolves collected four points from their two games. In the last six league meetings, this are even with two wins each and two draws. The last three meetings at Leicester have produced one win for each and a draw.

Leicester v Wolves Betting Odds*

Leicester 21/20 Draw 11/5 Wolves 14/5 * (Betting Odds were taken on August 16th, 2018 at 4:13 p.m.)

Leicester v Wolves Predictions

Leicester to win: We are going to back Leicester to win this battle of the Midlands. They are under pressure to produce in this one and they should send out a stronger starting eleven than they did last weekend. Leicester to win in the match outright is value, but there’s a temptation to go for a Leicester to win & Both Teams To Score option.
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Everton v Southampton Predictions & Betting Odds – 18th August 2018

Everton
Everton v Southampton Betting Tips - Premier League, 18th August 3.00pm There was a draw for both of these on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season. Everton were out on the road and battling out a 2-2 draw against the newly-promoted Wolves, while Southampton could only manage a 0-0 home draw against Burnley. Will either of them be able to go and collect their first win of the new term as they face off at Goodison Park on Saturday? Read our predictions for the Everton v Southampton game.

Everton News and Form

Everton could only manage a point out at Wolves last weekend, despite taking the lead twice in the game. They will have to make a change at the back as well after having had Phil Jagielka sent off in the game. Richarlison, who got both of Everton’s goals in the game picked up a calf injury so is a bit of a doubt for this one. It has been a big summer of change for the Toffees with new players coming in and a new manager in Marco Silva. They will more time for it all to click together. Toffees striker Cenk Tosun is the 8/5 anytime goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken on August 16th, 2018 at 4:13 p.m.) and he does look as if he could have a profitable season for the Toffees. Last season in the Premier League the Toffees got themselves a W10 D4 L5 record. Among that, they didn't get a single win at Goodison Park against any of the seven sides who finished above them. But against the rest of the teams in the league, they went W10 D2 at home last term. Everton are undefeated in their last 12 home games against the Saints so that will suggest that they are going to avoid defeat in this one. There have been under 2.5 goals in each of Everton’s last three Premier League home games. So we have to back that trend, so under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 4/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 16th, 2018 at 4:13 p.m.).

Southampton News and Form

Southampton opened with a 0-0 draw against Burnley last weekend, which was somewhat predictable under the circumstances. The Saints do look as if they will be struggling to hit the back of the net this season and therefore both teams not to score at bet365 is at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 16th, 2018 at 4:13 p.m.). It was not a good season that Southampton had away from home last term. They went and picked up just a W3 D8 L8 record on their travels. There was only aclean sheet in just 26% of their away games last season as well while they netted only 0.9 goals on average per away game. While they don’t look to have improved too much over the summer in terms of travel, new signing Mohamed Elyounoussi did have a decent game against Burnley off the bench. Southampton were pretty strong and organised at the back last weekend and keeper Alex McCarthy performed well in goal. But you have to put that into context as they were up against a somewhat limited Burnley attack. But still, there will be the question about their ability to have a high output in front of goal. In the bet365 correct score market an Everton 1-0 is right there at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 16th, 2018 at 4:13 p.m.) heading up the market. They will be trying to stand up against a much more fluent Everton attack this weekend though.

Everton v Southampton Head to Head

It was Southampton who came out on top in the two meetings in the Premier League last season. The Saints collected four points including a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park against the Toffees. Three of the four meetings between the two sides in the Premier League have ended in a home win. In the last six league meetings, things are even with two wins each and the two drawn matches. Both draws in that sequence were 1-1 ties.

Everton v Southampton Betting Odds*

Everton 18/20 Draw 23/10 Southampton 3/1 * (Betting Odds were taken on August 16th, 2018 at 4:13 p.m.)

Everton v Southampton Predictions

Draw: We actually don't see either side doing enough to record a win in this fixture. It has been a long time since Southampton collected a win at Goodison Park and they aren’t likely to offer enough of an offensive threat to make it happen in this one. Everton are still finding their feet under Silva so our prediction for Everton v Southampton is a draw.
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Chelsea v Arsenal Predictions & Betting Odds – 18th August 2018

Chelsea
Chelsea v Arsenal Betting Tips - Premier League, 18th August 5.30pm The big London derby is set for Saturday evening in the next round of Premier League action. There is going to be pressure on Arsenal who go into their second tough game already having lost heavily against Manchester City last weekend. Chelsea collected three points from their efforts against Huddersfield last weekend and will be looking to make the most of home advantage. Read our predictions for the Chelsea v Arsenal fixture.

Chelsea News and Form

Chelsea recorded a 3-0 road win at out Huddersfield last weekend to give new boss Maurizio Sarri a positive start to life in the Premier League. It was comfortable for them really with first-half goals from N’Golo Kante and a penalty from Jorginho setting the Blues up for success. Pedro netted in the second half to round out the action. We are expecting this London derby to be a cagey affair with pressure on both new managers in a game of high importance. Under 2.5 goals is at 11/10 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 11:36 p.m.) for the game. Three of the last four between these at the Bridge have gone that way, while each of Chelsea’s last three home games in the Premier League ended under 2.5 goals as well. On top of that, the Blues have a clean sheet in five of their last six home games against Arsenal in all competitions. Chelsea started with Alvaro Morata up front as Olivier Giroud was given an extra break after his summer antics at the World Cup with France. Morata still looked out of place though and Chelsea are lacking that goalscorer edge. That having been said, Morata is the 7/5 joint anytime goalscorer favourite alongside teammate Giroud. It was a hugely disappointing season overall from the Blues last term but they did come up with a W11 D4 L4 record at Stamford Bridge. They averaged 1.6 goals per home game last season at home, while they conceded an average of under a goal per game, taking a clean sheet in 53% of their league home fixtures. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Arsenal News and Form

Both games between these two at Stamford Bridge last season ended goalless and so looking at the bet365 correct score market for the game, the 14/1 odds on the 0-0 appeal. However we are looking at Chelsea potentially edging this game and a Chelsea 1-0 is trading at 17/2 odds with bigger appeal* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 11:36 p.m.). Arsenal started their new league season on home soil last weekend in a tough one against Manchester City. The Gunners failed that test, going down 2-0 against the reigning champions. The players didn’t look tactically sound over what they were supposed to be doing and Emery stated that they had not played the way that he had wanted them to. The Gunners tried to play the ball out from the back, but they just got it all wrong time and time again and kept putting themselves in trouble. This will be a big test for them as they were terrible out on the road picking up a W4 D4 L11 record last term. That is seven defeats in their last eight road games in the Premier League now, so punters may have a hard time trusting them. As a positive though the Gunners are undefeated in their last six games against the Blues in all competitions. They have at their disposal one of Europe’s most prolific scorers and that is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who is a 5/4 anytime goalscorer option for them* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 11:36 p.m.). Arsenal produced just the three shots on target against Manchester City last weekend.

Chelsea v Arsenal Head to Head

The two London clubs met up five times last season across all competitions. All but one of those ended in a draw as well, the exception being a 2-1 home win that Arsenal took over Chelsea in the EFL Cup. Both games between them at Stamford Bridge last season ended in 0-0 draws. Chelsea are undefeated in their last six home games against Arsenal in the Premier League with a strong W5 D1 record.

Chelsea v Arsenal Betting Odds*

Chelsea 4/5 Draw 3/1 Arsenal 3/1 * (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 11:36 p.m.) Chelsea v Arsenal Predictions Chelsea to win: The Blues can just get the edge in this one as Arsenal looked a bit unsure of what they were doing under Unai Emery last weekend. The Blues looked a little more assured of themselves and for our betting tips on Chelsea v Arsenal, we are going to back them to get the job done by a one-goal margin.
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Cardiff v Newcastle Predictions & Betting Odds – 18th August 2018

Newcastle
Cardiff v Newcastle Betting Tips - Premier League, 18th August 12.30pm It was not a productive opening weekend of the new season for either of these. Cardiff are the favourites for relegation this season in the Premier League and they suffered a defeat out on the road against Bournemouth last weekend. They need to rally themselves for this first home game of the new term. Newcastle slipped at home against Tottenham last weekend and face some pressure in this one. Read our Cardiff v Newcastle predictions for more.

Cardiff News and Form

There was nothing for Cardiff in their game out at Bournemouth last weekend. One of the positives from the fixture though was that new striker Bobby Reid did pretty well for them. Reid is at 3/1 odds while teammate Kenneth Zohore is 9/4 in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 9:48 p.m.) for the game. Zohore wasn’t available for that opening game because of injury but is ready to go in this one which will bolster their attack. The Bluebirds had ten attempts at goal against Bournemouth but only one of them was on target. Realistically no-one is expecting them to be prolific in the top flight this term and our prediction for Cardiff v Newcastle is under 2.5 goals at 8/15 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 9:48 p.m.) for the outcome of this game. As expected, Cardiff threw a lot of direct long balls forward against Bournemouth. That’s their style under Neil Warnock.

Newcastle News and Form

Newcastle couldn’t get anything on the board either last weekend as they lost 2-1 against Spurs. All the goals in that game happened in the first twenty minutes of action with Joselu getting what was the consolation for the Magpies to pull the game level at 1-1. For this fixture, the 1-1 draw option in the bet365 correct score market for this fixture is at 11/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 9:48 p.m.). That actually has plenty of appeal because this looks as if it will be an even game on balance. Newcastle have lost five of their last six Premier League games now after that loss against Spurs and all five of those have been by a one-goal margin. When it’s not going your way, it is not going your way and the Magpies look as if they are going to struggle to get the better of things in tight games. Their road form was not good last season picking up numbers of W4 D4 L11 away from St James’ Park. They lost their last three away games of last season in the Premier League and they are without a clean sheet in any of their last eight league road games. Newcastle averaged under a goal per away game in the Premier League last season too.

Cardiff v Newcastle Head to Head

There have been recent meetings between Cardiff and Newcastle as they were together in the 2016/17 Championship season and it was Newcastle who collected maximum points from the two meetings. The Magpies are actually on a ten-match winning streak against the Bluebirds in league meetings.

Cardiff v Newcastle Betting Odds*

Newcastle 29/20 Draw 21/10 Cardiff 2/1 * (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 9:48 p.m.)

Cardiff v Newcastle Predictions

Draw: We can’t look past the appeal on the draw in the match outright in this fixture. Cardiff will want to show some steel and reserve on home soil, while the Magpies just may not have enough quality about them to break them down. Draw.
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Liverpool backed for EPL title after Kevin De Bruyne Injury

Liverpool
Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City were dealt a blow during the week and influential midfielder Kevin de Bruyne suffered a knee injury during training. The Belgian star was City’s player of the year last term as he produced 21 assists for his side and netted twelve goals as the Citizens lifted the Premier League title. But with the news that he had suffered a knee injury, with early reports  talking about him potentially being out for a few months, it sparked punters at Betfair to put further backing towards Liverpool to win the Premier League title this season. After the news City went on the drift from 1.6 to 1.7 with the betting exchange as Liverpool went the other way coming in from 5.00 to 4.3 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 11:36 p.m.). Without question, the absence of De Bruyne over the course of the season would take its toll.

Could City cope without De Bruyne?

But the real question would be whether or not they have the depth to cope without him? The Citizens lifted the Community Shield against Chelsea without him at the start of the month and he only put in 30 minutes of action in the 2-0 win that the Citizens posted over Arsenal last weekend in their first Premier League fixture of the season. The immediate fixture list ahead of Manchester City does look manageable for them. They are odds-on favourites to take a win over Huddersfield at the Etihad on the weekend and following that they go into games against Wolves, Newcastle, Fulham, Cardiff and Brighton through to the end of September. Then their first real big test comes against Premier League second-favourites Liverpool on October 7th.

Premier League Winner Odds*

Man City 4/6 Liverpool 3/1 Man Utd 14/1 Chelsea 14/1 Tottenham 16/1 Arsenal 25/1 Bar 200/1 * (betting odds taken from August 15th, 2018 at 11:31 pm)
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Next Leicester Manager betting market heats up

Leicester
Following Leicester's defeat at Manchester United in the opening fixture of the 2018/19 Premier League season, Claude Puel is now the 5/2 favourite at Boylesports in the Premier League Sack Race. Former Southampton boss Puel was drafted by the Foxes after a difficult start to last season, taking over on October 25th, 2017. The Foxes did get themselves a top half of the table finish last term but with wins few and far between for them under Puel there was always likely to be some early pressure on him. At the back end of last season, Leicester lost five of their final seven games (W1 D1). So immediately after their defeat at Old Trafford, the pressure is back on Puel.

Leicester replacement

The Foxes did invest fairly heavily over the summer as well with Danny Ward from Liverpool, Rachid Ghezzal from Monaco (a replacement for Riyad Mahrez), Caglar Soyuncu from Freiburg and Filip Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb. So with Puel feeling the heat early on again, it, of course, raises the question of who to consider in the next Leicester manager betting market. Boylesports has Brendan Rodgers as the 6/1 favourite* (betting odds taken at 9:23 pm on August 12th, 2018) to be the next Leicester boss, with Rafa Benitez not too far behind at 15/2 odds* (betting odds taken at 9:23 pm on August 12th, 2018). But the main contenders in the market are all managers currently in jobs which is naturally harder to get. There were reports in the Sunday papers that Roberto Martinez and Thierry Henry are being fancied as big outsiders to get the job. It is a tricky time to make a change of manager but Puel's future has a decent chance of turning positive. Leicester have a home derby against Wolves next weekend and through to the middle of October, they only meet one of the big guns in the league, Liverpool at the start of September. There are winnable games coming up for the Foxes but of course, it actually producing those wins. Leicester are 19/20 favourites to beat Wolves who are 11/4 for next week's’ big Midlands clash* (betting odds taken at 9:23 pm on August 12th, 2018).

Next Leicester Manager Odds*

Brendan Rodgers 6/1 Rafa Benitez 15/2 David Wagener 10/1 Sean Dyche 12/1 Sam Allardyce 14/1 Eddie Howe 16/1 Nigel Pearson 20/1 Michael O’Neill 25/1 Roberto Mancini 33/1 Claudio Ranieri 50/1 David Moyes 50/1 Guus Hiddink 50/1 Louis van Gaal 50/1 Mark Warburton 50/1 Martin O’Neill 50/1 Bar 66/1 * (betting odds taken from Betfair at 9:23 pm on August 12th, 2018)
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Premier League Relegation Odds – Which newly promoted side does best?

Premier League Betting
With the transfer deadline having passed in England (although clubs can still sell players through to the end of August) there is a pretty clear picture now of settled squads that the clubs will be taking into the new season with them. Last season all three of the newly promoted sides, which were Newcastle, Brighton and Huddersfield all managed to avoid going straight back down. How will this season’s newly promoted clubs, Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham get on? Here we take a look at the three newly promoted clubs, assess their chances of survival and consider which of them will finish the highest in the table of the end of the season.

Cardiff

4/6 for Relegation 6/5 To Stay Up 2/1 to Finish Bottom *( betting odds taken from August 9, 2018, at 9:05 PM) Cardiff did well in the Championship last season because right throughout the campaign there were question marks about whether or not they had the strength in depth to hang on. They only managed to get automatic qualification on the final day of the season because of Fulham losing against Birmingham. Still, they had played their way into that second place very well and it was because of their organisation and their grit under Neil Warnock. You are not going to see a lot of pretty football from the Bluebirds. That’s not been their way under Warnock. They were very direct with their style in the Championship and they were the least successful passing side in the entire second tier last season. They have added Bobby Reid notably from Bristol City to try and get the extra goals. We are doubting that they are going to have enough punch and quality at the end of the day though. Prediction: Relegation

Fulham

2/1 to be Relegated 2/5 to Stay Up 9/1 to Finish Bottom 9/2 for a Top Ten Finish *( betting odds taken from August 9, 2018, at 9:05 PM) The Cottagers came up to the top flight through the playoffs. Over the course of the second half of the season, Fulham put together a 23-match beaten streak of form. They started to produce some highly impressive stuff and only the Championship winners Wolves managed to outscore the cottagers at the end of the season. In stark contrast to the style of Cardiff, Fulham like to get the ball down and knock it around and you will see plenty of with an attacking flair from the London club. They are 9/2 to squeeze into the top flight top ten*( betting odds taken from August 9, 2018, at 9:05 PM). They have every reason to be optimistic about the season ahead for them in the top flight especially with the clear tactical qualities that manager Slavisa Jokanovic will bring to the table. Fulham have added more pieces to their squad to strengthen and enhance. They have signed Aleksandar Mitrovic from Newcastle on a permanent basis after he impressed so much for them on loan last. Their defence will be boosted with Calum Chambers and Alfie Mawson and they may well have got one of the signings of the summer in midfielder Jean Michael Seri. There is a strong squad that Fulham are bringing to the table. Prediction: Bottom half of table finish

Wolves

7/1 to be Relegated 1/10 to Stay Up 25/1 to Finish Bottom 11/10 Top Ten Finish *( betting odds taken from August 9, 2018, at 9:05 PM) After such a strong season in the Championship as they just steamroller over the rest of the competition to win the title, Wolves will be expecting to push on and not just survive but thrive in the top flight. While they came up with a strong squad they have been really busy over the summer in the transfer market and their ambitions have been fully highlighted by some of the signings they have made such as Joao Moutinho, Willy Boly, Rui Patricio and club record signing Adama Traore. There could be a very strong season ahead with all the bits and pieces that they have in place. Given the amount of investment that they have made over the summer, they will probably be looking at the top half of the table finish which is at 11/10*( betting odds taken from August 9, 2018, at 9:05 PM) and not without its appeal either. While there is always some adjustment to make sure teams coming up to the top flight from the championship Wolves look the best-equipped of any side who have come up in the past few seasons. Prediction: Top ten finish

Premier League Relegation Odds*

Cardiff 4/6 Huddersfield 11/10 Watford 2/1 Brighton 5/2 Fulham 2/1 Burnley 4/1 Newcastle 5/1 Bournemouth 9/2 Crystal Palace 5/1 West Ham 6/1 Southampton 7/1 Wolves 7/1 Leicester 14/1 Bar 33/1 *( betting odds taken from August 9, 2018, at 9:05 PM)
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Mourinho odds to be out of the door by Christmas 2018

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Will Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho see out the full season with the club? That really seems to be up in the air at the moment and punters have been jumping all over the odds on him to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post. He is the 9/2 second favourite to be the first top-flight boss to find himself a job this season*( betting odds taken from August 9, 2018, at 9:05 PM). This really all started, well at least came to a head in the summer when he told United fans not to bother showing up to watch them at the International champions cup in the USA and he was vocal about not having made any notable summer signings in the summer transfer market, despite informing the club of players that he wanted. So he has cut a disgruntled and grumpy figure for most of the preseason and with a lot of his players arriving back late into training because of extra workloads at the 2018 World Cup, preparations have been disrupted for him. But really that is the same for most of the top clubs in the Premier league who have had to deal with players having had an extra busy summer at the World Cup. United opened the new Premier League season with a 2-1 home win over Leciester on Friday night. Ladbrokes reported this week that they had to cut the odds of Mourinho leaving from 3/1 to 5/2 to be out of a job by Christmas 2018*( betting odds taken from August 9, 2018, at 9:05 PM). They are also offering a price of even money on him to be gone from Manchester United by the end of the season. The bookmaker ran a poll recently which returned figures of 74% wanting the Portuguese boss out. There is a trend to all of this because Mourinho has never lasted a full three seasons at any of his jobs. Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “There’s been a huge shift in the betting at Man United on Deadline Day, but it’s nothing to do with incoming players. “Instead, Mourinho is now looking more likely than ever to leave the club in the next few months, something which is clearly what the majority of fans want,” Apati added.
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