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Best football bets for the upcoming season

Football is back after a long summer so we take a look at some of the best football bets for the upcoming season.

Football is back! Those long, hideous, drawn out months without a World Cup or Euro Champs to entertain can be consigned to the past and months of the best football action await all eager fans. And, as seems to be the norm these days, many football fans will be just as eager to place money on football events as they are to watch them.

There are plenty of sites available that suggest what they consider to be the best football betting tips. The new fan-generated site AskFans even has a weekly video in which guest punters tip you off about what they feel are the best forthcoming footballing bets.

However, looking longer term, what are the best football bets for the upcoming season?

Millions of pounds are wagered on the EPL each term, and last season was a winner for the punters as short-priced Chelsea stormed to the title. This term should be a little different as the big-spending Manchester twosome are more than likely to provide stiffer competition. Manchester City are the favourites, priced at 7/5 (2.40) at Unibet, with Chelsea out as far as 8/1 (9.00) at 188Bet. Most punters are eschewing a likely Coutinho-free Liverpool and a typically unpredictable Arsenal and plumping for Manchester United, 3/1 (4.00) at BlackType. Jose Mourinho is bound to win the EPL again, and the arrivals of Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof have all added bite to an already talented squad.

If you like an outside bet, then you can get 300/1 (301.00) on Leicester City repeating their 2015-16 success. Perhaps slightly more sensible would be backing Everton to finish in the top four, 10/1 (11.00) at Bet365.

At the reverse end of the EPL newcomers Huddersfield Town are everyone’s favourites to go straight back down again, however the Terriers might not be the pushovers that most people expect them to be. You can get 4/5 (1.80) at most sports books on them surviving their first EPL season.

Moving into Europe, Paris Saint-Germaine have caused ructions with their nabbing of Neymar from Barcelona. Despite this, the top side in France are only 7/1 (8.00) at most outlets to win the ECL. The twin Spanish giants of Real Madrid (9/2 (5.50)) and Barcelona (6/1 (7.00) are the hot favourites of course, but a wager on Bayern Munich (13/2 (7.50)) might be a very good idea.

The best priced English team is Manchester City (12/1 (13.00)), but if you want to back British a far more sensible option would be an each-way bet at (11/4 (6.50)) on an English team winning the ECL this term.

Elsewhere, how about a punt on free-falling Aston Villa (33/1 (34.00)) to be relegated from the EFL Championship, or for Chelsea’s Antonio Conte to be the first manager sacked this season (4/1 (5.00) at BoyleSports).

Whatever takes your fluttering football fancy, remember to wager responsibly. Do so and you’re likely to enjoy the 2017-18 football season much more. It’s certain to be a thrill-ride, especially if you back the right teams!

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