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  • on 04.08.2011
  • at 03:37 PM
  • by KT

Premier League – Season Match Bets

So it’s that time of the year. We’ve seen a mediocre Copa America come and go and Mike Ashley has already pressed the self-destruct button at St James’… which can mean only one thing; the new Barclays Premier League season is almost upon us and it’s time get excited about football again.

As always the bookmakers have priced up a plethora of Premier League betting markets in an attempt to persuade you to part with your hard-earned cash. But instead of blindly lumping £100 on Man City to win the league, only to watch them crumble and find themselves a dozen points behind their Manchester rivals before Santa has even lifted a finger, why not look at some more interesting Premier League bets.

One of our favourite alternative football markets are the season match bet ones, which cover both teams and players. Betfred are the kings of the Premier League match bets (as unlike many bookmakers they let you add then to multiples!) and have priced up a whole array to get our teeth stuck into.

We’ve picked out some of the more attractive ones and highlighted our top picks for the season. Why not get involved on some of these yourself and hopefully they will give you a good run for your money right through until May! - The Bonus King

Premier League – Season Match Bets (Goalscorer)

  • Wayne Rooney (10/11) v Javier Hernandez (10/11)
  • Andy Carroll (4/6) v Gervinho (5/4)
  • Asamoah Gyan (10/11) v Demba Ba (10/11)
  • Samir Nasri (4/5) v Ashley Young (Evs)
  • Fernando Torres (8/11) v Sergio Aguero (11/10)
  • Darren Bent (4/5) v Luis Suarez (Evs)

Despite on-going rumours about a move to Anfield, Ashley Young ended up moving to Man Utd and should he get enough game time, the Evs for him to score more goals than Samir Nasri looks decent value. Although he won’t have his own way with penalties and set pieces, as he did at Villa, he should be able to chip in with a handful of goals along the way. Nasri on the other hand struggled to recreate his early form during the 2nd half of last season and with Wenger prepared to experiment with two strikers up top, the Frenchman may find himself having to play a little wider, and dare we say it, deeper.

Although Darren Bent has always scored goals throughout his career, we expect Luis Suarez to outscore him over the course of a season this time around. Suarez has been the star of the Uruguayan team over the last 2 or 3 seasons, contributing to their excellent World Cup run and recent Copa America success. He seems to have found his feet at Anfield, almost being given free-reign to express himself and playing alongside Carroll will help him no end. On the other hand, Bent has lost 2 of his supply men in Downing and Young, and will find new recruit Charles N’Zogbia a whole different prospect to play with. All in all Suarez looks a great bet at Evs here.

Gervinho has been in great form during per-season and Wenger may have finally found a striker good enough to play alongside Robin Van Persie. Carroll did score 13 goals last season but Gervinho comes to England with a big reputation and we fancy him to to outscore Carroll at 5/4.

After starring in an impressive World Cup campaign for Ghana last Summer, Asamoah Gyan went on to score 10 goals and chipped in with a number of assists during his first season at Sunderland, despite playing in a struggling team. Demba Ba scored 7 of West Ham’s goals last term but often looked out of place in the Premier League and we fancy him to struggle with the high expectations of the St James’ faithful. At 10/11, Gyan is the bet for us.

There are a few other interesting, yet difficult goalscorer match bets to predict, namely Torres v Aguero and Rooney v Hernandez. Who knows what kind of form Fernando Torres will be in again and it may well take Aguero time to find his feet and settle into the pace of the Premier League. Equally difficult will be separating the two Man Utd strikers. “Chicarito” scored 13 compared to Rooney’s 11 goal return last season, but we expect then to go close again this time around and so the 10/11 about each player is probably best left alone. - The Bonus King

Premier League – Season Match Bets (Teams)

  • Sunderland (8/13) v Fulham (5/4)
  • Stoke (8/11) v Newcastle (11/10)
  • Norwich (4/5) v Swansea (10/11)
  • Liverpool (2/7) v Everton (11/4)
  • Aston Villa (4/6) v Sunderland (11/10)
  • Stoke (4/6) v Bolton (11/10)
  • Bolton (5/6) v Newcastle (5/6)
  • West Brom (4/5) v Blackburn (10/11)
  • West Brom (8/13) v Wolves (5/4)
  • Bolton (4/6) v Blackburn (11/10)
  • Man Utd (1/2) v Man City (6/4)

The Premier League team match bets are where the real value is to be found.

The bookmakers price up some of the more obvious “regional” match bets (Man Utd v Man City, Tottenham v Arsenal) but the fun lies where they try and match two teams of similar quality.

This season Betfred seem to have lumped the likes of Sunderland, Stoke, West Brom, Fulham, Bolton and Newcastle into a similar category. Of the six however we particularly expect Stoke and Fulham to come out on top and Newcastle to struggle the most. Therefore it’s worth looking into the various permutations to pick out the best bets from these so called mid-table teams.

With Martin Jol now in charge at Cravan Cottage, the 5/4 for Fulham to finish above Sunderland looks particularly attractive. Fulham will welcome back Bobby Zamora from injury who should be finding the net with some regularity in no time and although Sunderland have brought in almost a dozen players, they have also lost Welbeck and Henderson, both of which will be a great miss.

Stoke are 8/11 to finish above Newcastle and 4/6 to finish above Bolton, both of which look more than a strong possibility. Newcastle has been rocked by the loss of Kevin Nolan and the imminent departure of Joey Barton, and will be relying on Demba Ba to fill the big hole left by Andy Carroll. Equally Bolton relied heavily on Daniel Sturridge’s goals last term and whilst he has gone back to Cheslea, they have also lost their 2nd top goalscorer too, Johan Elmader. With that in mind the prices about Stoke look very attractive and in our opinion thet have been somewhat underestimated. They have been making steady improvements over the last few season and we fully expect them to cement a mid table finish this time around.

At the top of the table Man Utd are 1/2 to finish higher than Man City. Despite the recent improvements that Mancini has made at Eastlands, they are still some way off toppling Man Utd at the head the Premier League and so we feel that this price still represents value. Betfred are also offering a very generous 2/7 for Liverpool to finish above Everton. Although these type of prices may not be to everyone’s taste, when added to an accumulator the prices really can start to multiply quickly!

Down at the bottom of the Premier League, new boys Norwich are 4/5 to finish higher than fellow promoted side, Swansea. Despite Swansea bringing in a few players (including what looks a dodgy signing in Leroy Lita), we still fancy them to finish rock bottom and so Norwich should finish above them by default (albeit only 1 or 2 places at best!). The Canaries seem to have a little more quality and a lot more guile in the side with, whilst Swansea will be heavily reliant on Scott Sinclair to carry the team, a player that struggled to shine at both Chelsea and Wigan previously.


  • Gervinho (v Carroll) – 5/4
  • Gyan (v Ba) – 10/11
  • Young (v Nasri) – Evs
  • Suarez (v Bent) – Evs
  • Stoke v Newcastle – 8/11
  • Liverpool (v Everton) – 2/7
  • West Brom (v Wolves) – 8/13
  • Man Utd (v Man City) – 1/2

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  • Norwich (v Swansea) – 4/5
  • Bolton (v Blackburn) – 4/6
  • Fulham (v Sunderland)  – 5/4
  • West Brom (v Blackburn) – 4/5
  • Aston Villa (v Sunderland) – (4/6

5-fold Accumulator pays 20/1 with Betfred

So there you have it, these are our Season Match Bets for the 2011/12 Premier League Season. Have we missed any other strong football betting opportunities? Let us know below or by tweeting us @BigBettingBlog

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