Football By Joe Crilly

Return Of The £1.5b Premier League… Who Will Win It?

Saturday sees the return of the English football season and the start of the Premier League, a competition that generates over £300,000,000 turnover at William Hill and upwards of £1.5b turnover for the entire betting industry.


“Football is up there with horse racing as the most popular sport amongst our customers who will be out in their droves this weekend playing, watching and betting on all the action that kicks off on Saturday,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly. “We expect nearly £11m will be wagered on the footy this Saturday alone as everyone gets their first fix of the new season.”


Chelsea are the 7/4 favourites with William Hill to retain the Premier League crown they won last season while Manchester City are 3/1. Arsenal, have seen their odds come in considerably since the start of the summer transfer window, tumbling from an original 8/1 to 7/2. Manchester United round off the top four in the betting at 5/1.


“Chelsea are favourites for a reason after their dominating performance last season and in eight of the last 14 seasons, the favourite has won the title,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.


Arsenal have been by far the best backed side at William Hill with just under 30% of all wagers being for the Gunners to lift the Premier League trophy. Meanwhile, at the wrong end of the table, Leicester have been the subject of 23% of all bets to go down and have been backed almost twice as much as the next nearest side, Aston Villa.


Premier League records bets:

6/4         Any goalkeeper to score (1/2 not to)

9/2         Any team to go unbeaten (Arsenal 03/04)

5/1         Will any side score 10 goals in a game

8/1         Any side to score more than 103 goals in a season (Chelsea 09/10)

10/1       Any side to get more than 95 points (Chelsea 09/10)

20/1       Any player to score 6 in a game

40/1       Any side to get fewer than 11 (Derby 07/08)

50/1       Any side to score fewer than 20 goals (Derby 07/08)


Premier League winner: 7/4 Chelsea; 3/1 Manchester City; 7/2 Arsenal; 5/1 Manchester United; 28/1 Liverpool; 150/1 Tottenham; 300/1 Everton; 300/1 Southampton; 3000/1 Crystal Palace; 3000/1 West Ham; 5000/1 Aston Villa; 5000/1 Leicester; 5000/1 Sunderland; 5000/1 West Brom; 7500/1 Bournemouth; 7500/1 Norwich; 10,000/1 Watford


Premier League relegation: 8/13 Watford; 1/1 Norwich; 6/5 Bournemouth; 2/1 Sunderland; 5/2 Aston Villa; 11/4 Leicester; 9/2 Newcastle; 9/2 West Brom; 6/1 Crystal Palace; 6/1 West Ham; 8/1 Swansea; 12/1 Stoke; 40/1 Everton; 40/1 Southampton; 250/1 Liverpool; 250/1 Tottenham; 1000/1 Arsenal; 1000/1 Chelsea; 1000/1 Man City; 1000/1 Man United


Weekend’s matches:

8/13 Manchester United; 4/1 Tottenham; 3/1 draw

1/1 Bournemouth; 27/10 Aston Villa; 12/5 draw

4/6 Everton; 4/1 Watford; 12/5 draw

10/11 Leicester; 16/5 Sunderland; 9/4 draw

1/3 Chelsea; 8/1 Swansea; 4/1 draw

2/7 Arsenal; 9/1 West Ham; 9/2 draw

9/5 Newcastle; 13/8 Southampton; 21/10 draw

9/2 Stoke; 5/4 Liverpool; 11/5 draw

9/2 West Brom; 6/10 Manchester City; 3/1 draw