This is the final part of our three part Preview on the 2014/15 Premier League. We hope you have enjoyed it, and it has given you a good sense of knowledge when it comes to betting on the 20 sides.
The Saints have been ravaged by mainly Liverpool this summer, with Lovren, Lallana and Lambert leaving for the Reds, and Shaw leaving for Man Utd, not to mention Calum Chambers joining Arsenal. Nearly £100m has come in, and over half has been spent strengthening the team. Some of the buys have been questionable and costly. Here are their deals to date:
Dusan Tadic (£10.9m), Graziano Pelle (£8m), Ryan Bertrand + Saphir Taider (Loans), Fraser Forster (£10m)
Pablo Osvaldo, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers, Rickie Lambert, Lee Barnard, Jonathon Forte, Danny Fox
One more deal is close – Hull’s Irish Striker Shane Long is closing in on a £12m deal – a wee bit too much…probably £5m max, but he can score goals and may fit in well there. Morgan Schneiderlin is looking to leave as well, although it seems James Rodriguez will stay for now. Here’s how they could lineup on Saturday:
Forster, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Bertrand, Ramirez, Ward-Prowse, Wanyama, Rodriguez, Pelle, Tadic (4-3-3/4-4-2)
Good value on the ante-post markets are Finish Bottom Half @ 8/15…and that is it. You can get 4/1 on them being relegated – and with so many new signings it may take time for them to settle in and start to perform as a team. Top Goal Scorer wise you can get 66/1 on Pelle and 50/1 on Rodriguez.
Stoke made quite a big statement by signing Bojan from Barcelona. He had so much promise but the pressure on him seems to have taken it’s toll. A move where not a lot is expected of him could be a great move for his career. Bar that signing, Stoke have not opened the check-book, here are their dealings:
Bojan (£3m), Dionatan Teixiera (Undisc), Mame Biram Diouf (Undisc), Phil Bardsley, Steve Sidwell (Free’s)
Michael Kightly, Matthew Etherington
The key for Stoke was keeping Begovic, N’Zonzi, Shawcross and Huth. Bojan will add a new dimension up front where the lumps that are Peter Crouch and Kenwyne Jones usually barge and stumble their way through defences. Here’s how they could line up this weekend:
Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Pieters, Ireland, Palacios, N’Zonzi, Arnautovic, Bojan, Odemwingie (4-5-1/4-3-3)
Mark Hughes has them playing some nice football – Arnautovic and Bojan could be very dangerous playing together, and we fancy them to get into the top 10 @ 11/8. In terms of Top Scorer, Bojan is available @ 150/1.
Sunderland were almost certainties to go down towards the end of the season, but thanks to Gus Poyet they turned it round amazingly and survived. This summer however they have lost a few players and of all of their signings, only Jack Rodwell impresses, despite his injury prone nature. They must learn not to use the scatter-gun approach to dealings – last season over 14 came in and most have been moved on already. Here are their deals so far:
Jordi Gomez, Billy Jones, Costel Pantilimon (Free’s), Jack Rodwell (£10m), P Van Aanholt (£2m), Santiago Vergini (Loan)
Jack Colback, Phil Bardsley, Carlos Cuellar, Andrea Dossena, Craig Gardner, Louis Laing, Ignacio Scocco, Oscar Ustari, Kieron Westwood
Some decent players in, but no better than that. Pantilimon is a good signing from Man City – despite impressing there Willy Callabero has come in to replace him. Here is how they could lineup this weekend:
Pantilimon, Vergini, Brown, O’Shea, Van Aanholt, Giaccherini, Larsson, Rodwell, Bridcutt, Altidore, Fletcher (4-4-2)
They have a very shallow squad and could struggle deep into the season. Best value we can find is for them to be relegated @ 5/1
The Swans have done very well so far this summer, after a disappointing season. The Europa League had it’s effects on them, lasting until the latter rounds before going out in February. Michael Laudrup left and Gary Monk took over. Here are their dealings so far:
Marvin Emnes (Undisc), Bafetimbi Gomis (Free), Jefferson Montero (£4m), Gylfi Sigurdsson (P/X), Lukasz Fabianski (Free)
Ben Davies, Michel Vorm, A Pozuelo, David N’Gog, Leroy Lita, Michu, Chico Flores
Should Wilfried Bony stay they have a great frontline, as well as Routledge, Dyer and Montero on the wings, with Jonjo Shelvey impressing late in the season. A top 10 finish is on the cards with no Europe. Here is their potential lineup:
Fabianski, Tiendalli, Williams, Amat, Taylor, Britton, Shelvey, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Bony, Montero.
Top Half Finish – 9/4
W Bony Top Scorer – 25/1
Tottenham bring in Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino, replacing Tim Sherwood. A few players have come and gone but the mainframe of the squad remained. He seems keen to get the best out of flops such as Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela, rather than sell on for a massive loss and end up buying more expensive risks. Here are their deals so far:
Ben Davies (£10m), Michel Vorm (P/EX), Eric Dier (£4m)
Iago Falque, Gylfi Sigurdsson, H Gomes, Jake Livermore
So, pretty much the same squad as last season plus a very good left back, and a young centre back. They are again in the Europa League so have to deal with the hectic schedule. They still need another couple of players in through the door, and possibly to drop some of their higher earners who are not in the first team picture. Here is their potential lineup this weekend:
Lloris, Walker, Vertonghen, Kaboul, Davies, Paulinho, Holtby, Lamela, Eriksen, Lennon, Soldado (4-2-3-1)
Again not a lot of value – they are 4/9 to make the top 6 again, and 20/1 to win the title. Soldado is 40/1 to end top scorer, Lennon 80/1 and Adebayor is 66/1.
WBA have a decent squad, and despite struggling in recent year could find themselves in trouble again this season. £10m was spent on Brown Ideye, who had decent spells in France and Ukraine, which is a little over the odds for a 25 year old forward. Alan Irvine takes over from Pepe Mel, who is a questionable choice. How long will he last? Sacked by Christmas is my bet. In terms of signings, aside from Ideye are good. Here are their dealings:
Joleon Lescott (Free), Sebastian Pocognoli (Undisc), Craig Gardner (Free), Cristian Gamboa (£2m), Chris Baird (Free), Brown Ideye (£10m), Andre Wisdom (Loan)
Zoltan Gera, Diego Lugano, Billy Jones, Liam Ridgewell, George Thorne, Steven Reid (Released)
In terms of their starting 11 – not bad. Here is their potential 11:
Foster, Gamboa, McAuley, Lescott, Pocognoli, Mulumbu, Yacob, Brunt, Morrison, Sessegnon, Ideye (4-2-3-1)
My favourite tip for them is Relegation @ 5/2
West Ham in recent history have a bad record for wasting money on English players. Carroll and Downing cost them around £30m, and both have been awful and injury prone. This summer they have gone on to overspending on foreign players. Enner Valencia had a couple of good games for Ecuador and has moved to the London club for £12m. They have made some good moves however – here are their incomings and outgoings:
Diego Poyet (Undisc), Carl Jenkinson (Loan), Aaron Cresswell (£4m), Cheikou Kouyate (Undisc), Mauro Zarate (Free), E Valencia (£12m)
Joe Cole, Jack Collison, Stephen Henderson, George McCartney, Matt Taylor
Their lineup could be pretty good – they need to work on goals, last season they were poor and despite being good at the back – scoring was the issue:
Jaaskelainen, Reid, Collins, Kouyate, Cresswell, Diame, Nolan, Jarvis, Downing, Zarate, Valencia
They are a stunning 5/1 to be relegated, and despite the other sides such as Leicester and Burnley being favourites to go down, if they are not careful and get points early then they could be there too.
This is the final part – we hope this has came in handy when reading up on the season ahead.