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Andrea Calo 7th Aug 2008 - 11:19

Premier League betting dominated by Big Four

Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool top William Hill’s betting odds as the new Barclays FA Premier League season gets closer.

With the new football season kicking off on Saturday, and the Premier League clubs set to kick off a week later, the ‘Big Four’ are dominating the football betting markets.

Currently Manchester United are 11/8 favourites – odds that may shorten with the news that Cristiano Ronaldo will stay for another season at least.

Chelsea are also well-backed at odds of 13/8. They pushed Man United close last season and with World Cup-winning coach Luis Felipe Scolari in charge – and with Abramovich’s billions behind them – will be expected to be a better side in the 2008/09 season.

Arsenal will once again play fast, attacking football but, at odds of 4/1, could be off the pace by the time the Premier League season comes to an end. The arrival of Samir Nasri with the departure of Jens Lehmann, Alexander Hleb and Mathieu Flamini looks like a net loss in many punters’ eyes, and this season may be one of treading water for Arsene Wenger’s men.

Liverpool are offered at 15/2 by William Hill as the betting markets wait to see how their new-look front line will perform. £19-million-man Robbie Keane and David Ngog are in; Peter Crouch is out, but the Anfield club will need another great season from Fernando Torres – who heads the top goalscorer betting – and Steven Gerrard.

One of those four looks almost certain to be lifting the Premier League trophy next May, with the betting currently at 50/1 bar those four.

Tottenham Hotspur are the club with those odds, and look to be building a side capable of challenging the top four positions.

After Spurs come some almost-certain also-rans: Manchester City, Everton and Aston Villa are all offered at 200/1; Portsmouth, Newcastle and Blackburn Rovers are even longer and it’s 1,000/1 or higher for the other clubs.


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