2012 Premier and Football League Preview And Tips
The English Premier League and Football League kicks off this weekend after what seems like barely a two week summer holiday. The European Championships and Olympics have kept us entertained viewing wise but does not quite hit the same mark when it comes to betting on a Saturday afternoon. It’s back to studying the form on a Saturday morning over your cornflakes or if your lucky a lunchtime pint. There’s been plenty of transfer action this summer to assess when it comes to choosing your top of the table accumulator.
You know the season is around the corner once the bookies have the ante post betting forms in. This was always a high light of the betting season but in recent years I’ve found it wiser to wait till the middle of September before opting for my choices, especially if your picks are amongst the favourites. You’ll find that if the shortest odds teams get off to a flyer that their odds won’t change that much. But if your opting for some outsiders due to some detailed research or merely a hunch, grab the odds now. It can be tricky making your choice ante post while the transfer window is still open especially in the lower divisions where the loss of one top striker could make a massive difference.
Saying all that, I still love the challenge and will proceed with explaining my ante post football choices for the Premiership and Football lower leagues.
Premiership Football Season Tips
Fergie will be mad for it! He usual regains his title at first time of asking and with the signing of Van Persie and the return of Vedic coupled with Cleverly and Welbeck now having more experience they should go close. It will be interesting to see if Man City (5/4) can have the same drive as last year as every team will love to beat the champions. Chelsea (11/2) have made some very good signings but I don’t think they’ll settle in time. Arsenal (14/1), Spurs (28/1) and possibly Liverpool (33/1) will contest the 4th champions league spot.
Championship Football Season Tips
Always one of the toughest leagues to call as was proven last season with Reading winning and Southampton coming 2nd. It’s always temping to opt for a recent EPL relegated team and this season is no different. The teams relegated often find they players deserting like rats from a sinking ship but Bolton have kept the majority of their top players and shouldn’t start the season with an atrocious injury list as last year. If they could swap Ngog for a decent striker they would be my nap, but they should still go close never the less. Blackburn (12/1) have a very good team but they have the possibility of imploding so I’m staying well clear. I fear that Wolves may struggle after several key players leaving and Fletcher could also be on his way out before the window closes. The likes of Cardiff (12/1) and Leicester (8/1) should go close with Middlesbrough (22/1) looking a good e/w shout.
Football League Division One Season Tips
This division seems to lack quality this season but I have narrowed it down to two teams. Swindon (9/1) got promoted last season as Champions after a bad start and should go close this season as they’re not short a few bob. The drive of Di Canio should also bode well for them (as long as his there). I’m going to lean towards Sheffield Utd who were unlucky last year in the play offs and should consolidate a top three finish with their fine home form. The loss of Ched Evans is a worry but I’m sure someone will step into the void. Notts County (16/1) could well be the outside bet after finishing very strongly last season.
Football league Division 2 Season Tips
Again a division that is notoriously hard to judge. The Conference sides always tend to do well and Fleetwood (6/1) won’t be any different. Rotherham (7/2) have been knocking on the door now for a few years but keep coming up short, but this year they have some financial backing and a new stadium so should figure in the top three although the odds are not in any way tempting. Bradford have been given a big budget but I’ve had my fingers burnt by them once already and had my accumulator blown by Christmas, so no thanks. Relegated Chesterfield might bounce back up and are decent odds at 12/1. So even 2nd and third place at e/w matches Rotherham’s miserly odds
Season 2012 Accumulator bet
Man Utd, Bolton, Shefield Utd and Chesterfield from their respective divisions.
10 e/w acca would net you a whopping £20,662 with all 4 winners. E/W returns a healthy £360 profit.
A tasty outside £4 (£32) e/w trixie of Middlesbrough, Notts County and Gillingham would net you a lovely £34,635. The e/w results alone would net over a £1000.
Good luck with this season’s choices and lets hope their all in with a chance come April.