Football By Joe Crilly

Bookies Braced For Return Of £1.5b Premier League

***United Best Backed For Title…Leicester Backed For Drop***

 

With the Premier League kicking off on Friday night, William Hill are predicting that over £1.5b could be wagered on the competition this season by football mad punters. Hills estimate that an average televised Premier League match could attract around £15m industrywide with those numbers increasing significantly for some of the higher profile matches.

 

“It has been a long summer but the big one is back. While people constantly debate whether the Premier League is the greatest league in the world, what is certain is that it is by far the most popular with our customers,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

 

Manchester City are the 7/4 favourites to win the Premier League but it is their cross city rivals, United (10/3 second favourites), who have attracted the most bets. 15.6% of all wagers on this year’s Premier League winner market have been for Manchester United with Liverpool attracting 13.7% and Arsenal 12%. Stoke are the least popular side with just 0.6% of all bets on them to lift the Premier League title.

 

“Manchester United are the best backed but it is City who are the favourites to win after addressing some of their defensive issues,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

 

At the other end of the table 2015/16 champions, Leicester have been the subject of 20.6% of all bets to go down with Huddersfield and Stoke the second and third best backed sides. The Terriers are odds on at 8/13 for the drop with Brighton and Burnley 5/4.

 

 

Best backed:

 

Winner:

15.6%   Manchester United

13.7%    Liverpool

12%       Arsenal

10.3%   Tottenham

9.7%     Manchester City

 

Relegation:

20.6%  Leicester

12.7%    Huddersfield

10.2%   Stoke

9.3%     Brighton

6.2%     Watford

 

Goalscorer:

17.2%    Lukaku

8%         Rooney

6.7%     Kane

6.5%     Lacazette

6.1%      Hernandez

 

Premier League odds (William Hill)

 

Winner: 7/4 Manchester City; 10/3 Manchester United; 7/2 Chelsea; 10/1 Tottenham; 12/1 Arsenal; 12/1 Liverpool; 80/1 Everton; 200/1 Leicester; 200/1 Southampton; 300/1 West Ham; 500/1 Newcastle; 750/1 Bournemouth; 750/1 Crystal Palace; 750/1 Stoke; 750/1 West Brom; 1000/1 Brighton; 1000/1 Burnley; 1000/1 Huddersfield; 1000/1 Swansea; 1000/1 Watford

 

Relegation: 8/13 Huddersfield; 5/4 Brighton; 5/4 Burnley; 15/8 Watford; 2/1 Swansea; 4/1 Newcastle; 5/1 Crystal Palace; 5/1 West Brom; 6/1 Bournemouth; 6/1 Stoke; 10/1 West Ham; 16/1 Leicester; 20/1 Southampton; 80/1 Everton; 500/1 Arsenal; 500/1 Liverpool; 750/1 Tottenham; 1000/1 Chelsea; 1000/1 Manchester City; 1000/1 Manchester United

 

To stay up: 1/500 Everton; 1/100 Leicester; 1/150 Southampton; 1/33 West Ham; 1/12 Bournemouth; 1/12 Stoke; 1/9 Crystal Palace; 1/9 West Brom; 1/7 Newcastle; 4/11 Swansea; 2/5 Watford; 4/7 Brighton; 4/7 Burnley; 6/5 Huddersfield

 

Top four finish: 1/6 Manchester City; 3/10 Manchester United; 1/3 Chelsea; 4/5 Tottenham; 1/1 Arsenal; 1/1 Liverpool; 8/1 Everton; 20/1 Leicester; 20/1 Southampton; 50/1 West Ham; 80/1 Newcastle; 80/1 Stoke; 100/1 Bournemouth; 100/1 Crystal Palace; 125/1 West Brom; 200/1 Brighton; 200/1 Burnley; 200/1 Huddersfield; 200/1 Swansea; 200/1 Watford

 

Top goalscorer: 3/1 Harry Kane; 4/1 Romelu Lukaku; 7/1 Gabriel Jesus; 7/1 Sergio Aguero; 8/1 Alexandre Lacazette; 8/1 Alvaro Morata; 14/1 BAR