Football fans all around the world are currently gearing up ready to welcome back the return of the English Premier League.
Following on from this summer’s delayed European Championships, which saw Roberto Mancini’s Italy narrowly beat England on penalties, fans’ attention will now be focused on the restart of domestic football.
With the 2021-22 season now just around the corner, punters will already be gearing up ready to sound out some of the best value for money odds currently available on the market as they prepare to bet on football.
The Premier League’s opening weekend sees a host of fixtures take place, including a tense and mouth-watering encounter between arch-rivals Manchester United and Leeds United.
The notoriously fierce clash is scheduled to kick off at 12.30 pm (UK time) on August 14 and will be played live from Old Trafford.
Ahead of the exciting derby, despite the summer transfer window still being open, with many deals yet to be finalised, including that of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho (Sky Sports), opening odds sees the Red Devils as the bookmakers’ overwhelming favourites.
With odds currently at 1/2 in favour of Manchester United, it’s fair to say the bookmakers are not fancying an opening-day upset from Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
However, if you are predicting an August giant-killing, you can get Leeds United at a whopping 19/4. Regardless of the tempting price though, we’re not expecting the Whites to pull off a shock and will therefore be backing an Ole Gunnar Solskjaer win.
If you’re somebody who prefers to mix their bets up and move away from the standard outright markets, there is also a very tempting price of 15/8 on Manchester United to win and both teams to score – a price that may be too good to turn down for some, however, if you’re like us and prefer to study previous encounters, this market may not be advisable.
Manchester United have only beaten Leeds United following both teams scoring three times in their last 10 Premier League encounters, therefore, the safer prop bet would be to take the standard 6/5 price on both teams not to score.
Again though, if you’re not really the kind of bettor who isn’t drawn to short odds and would prefer to lower their stake and up the odds, you could always consider the possibility of the Red Devils starting the 2021-22 season in the same way as last – by coming back to win from behind.
If you fancy Bielsa’s Whites to bag an early goal but the Red Devils to come firing back, you can get Manchester United to win from a losing position at huge 11/2 odds – something to certainly think about.
In terms of next season on the whole for Solskjaer’s United, if you think the red half of Manchester can finally topple the blue half, you can get as much as 8/1 on the club winning their first Premier League title since 2013.
Those Premier League outright odds place Manchester United as the bookmakers’ fourth favourites with Liverpool at 5/1, Chelsea also at 5/1 and overwhelming favourites Manchester City at 4/6.
If you’re undecided whether or not Manchester United can end their seven-year-long Premier League trophyless drought, a safer bet could be betting on them to finish inside the league’s top 2 at 2/1 – a selection that would have landed for you last season.
In case you’re wondering, you can get Manchester United to bag a top-four spot before a ball has been kicked at 2/7, a price that will likely shorten, especially if the club secures all their rumoured top transfer targets in time.
Judging by the club’s opening six fixtures, which, aside from Leeds United, also include Southampton (A), Wolverhampton (A), Newcastle United (H), West Ham United (A) and Aston Villa (H) – a good bet, with a cash-out option in mind, could be to bet on the Red Devils to win the league, especially if you’re expecting the side to get off to a flyer in their first 15% of fixtures.