With the new season only a day or two away – I’ve condensed my usual league reviews into one Accumulator, with the usual reasoning behind each, but saving you a little time.
I’ve picked one bet from each of the top 5 leagues in England, as I believe this is where the value is. When it comes to a lot of the foreign leagues, there is no competition. Juventus, PSG, Barca/Real etc are all heavy odds on favourites to win their leagues – which makes betting on them pointless without using a lot of money.
My bet pays around 80/1, priced up on Bet365.
Here’s my 5:
Premier League: West Ham – Top Half Finish @ 11/8
Given the goings on in the market, West Ham look super value here! With the signings of Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson, Issa Diop, Jack Wilshere and a few more – they are realistically a centre forward away from European football in my opinion.
Add in Ried, Cresswell, Arnautovic, Lanzini (long term injured, I know), Antonio etc – they have a very good team, and if Pellegrini can get the best out of Hernandez, he may not even need that striker. He has build an all-round solid team that looks set for a good season!
Championship: Leeds – Top 6 Finish @ 7/4
Leeds pulled off arguably the best business of the summer – Marcelo Bielsa, a world renowned coach – in the Championship. As close as it gets to having someone like Rafa Benitez, ala Newcastle two seasons ago!
He has added well – Patrick Bamford will score goals at this level, while loan signings Lewis Baker and Jack Harrison are fantastic! Add in the rest of what is quite a young squad, lead by their keeping prodigy Bailey Peacock-Farrell, and I think they will have a great season. The likes of Kemar Roofe, Kalvin Phillips, Pontus Jansson, Barry Douglas, Samuel Saiz, Liam Cooper etc are well adapted to the league and I think will flourish under such a good manager.
League One: Portsmouth – Top 6 Finish @ 13/8
Portsmouth are another fortunate to have such a good manager considering the level. Kenny Jacket is very experienced in the league, and knows what it takes to get out of it.
They have an experienced team – adding Lee Brown from Br Rovers and Tom Naylor from Burton – adding to the likes of Gareth Evans and Brett Pitman. Ronan Curtis has joined from Derry, with the 22 year old Irishman showing great potential. Another to have done so the previous season, Jamal Lowe – who scored 29 in 48 for Hemel, had a good first season last year with 10 in 58 from the wing. He should feature heavily again.
Anton Walkes has also joined permanently from Spurs, after a loan spell at Fratton Park, preceded by one with Atlanta in the MLS.
League Two: Notts County – Promotion @ 11/8
Notts County are favourites to go up – and having seen their business – I can see why.
They have added Enzo Bolderwijn from Crawley, a bright spark in a poor side, with 15 goals in the past 2 seasons from the wing. Kane Hemmings, who bagged 15 from 37 with Mansfield last season. Kristen Dennis scored 27 in 78 games in a very poor Chesterfield side in the last 2 seasons, while David Vaughan is an ex-Premier League player who Kevin Nolan will know well.
Their back four is solid. Richard Duffy, Elliot Hewitt, Matt Tootle and Shaun Brisley have been playing together for at least a season if not more for several. They are all experienced at this level. Nolan is key – he has proven to be a promising manager so far and should he take them up, he will deservedly take plaudits.
Conference: Salford – Promotion @ 1/1
Salford have spent some money! Not only on players, but high wages to boot!
Adam Rooney is the headliner – lethal in the SPL, which is a better standard than the Conference. Danny Lloyd has great experience in the Football League, Max Crocombe has also played at a higher level. Nathan Pond played over 400 games for Fleetwood, the last 2-4 seasons in the football league, whilst Scott Wiseman is also a hugely experienced player. Rory Gaffney, Ashley Hemmings and Chris Neal have also joined from numerous leagues above.
Jack Redshaw impressed in League Two and One before his switch to Salford, who have made Graham Alexander their new boss. He has built a team who are of a much better standard than what they will play it. I’d fancy them to win the league, but for promotion – Evens is a good bet!
Best of luck!