Season Halfway Point - Premier League Specials
Approaching The Halfway Point: Premier League Specials To Consider
We are now approaching the halfway point of the Premier League season and the table is starting to take a familiar shape. Champions Man City have made a blistering start to the campaign, banging in 48 goals in 17 games to justify their status as title favourites. However, Liverpool look set to fight them every inch of the way after investing heavily in the summer and emerging with the meanest defence in the top flight. At the other end of the table we have already seen clubs pull the trigger on their managers and the situation is looking pretty bleak for the likes of Fulham and Huddersfield.
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Right now Jurgen Klopp will be the happiest of all the Premier League managers after his Liverpool team surged to the top of the table with some swashbuckling performances. They are tough and gritty at the back thanks to the arrivals of Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson, while superstar forwards Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have rediscovered their best form. The midfield has also undergone a revolution and players like Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho are starting to show their worth in the engine room.
Yet Man City remain the team to beat thanks to the devastating nature of their attacking play. They have been deprived of the services of star players Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero for large chunks of the season, but still they attack with flair, purpose and incision, and the likes of Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling have really kicked on. However, Tottenham could yet make it a three-horse race as they keep grinding out results under the impressive leadership of Mauricio Pochettino. Chelsea, who ended Man City’s unbeaten start to the campaign with a fine 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge this month, could also gate-crash the party.
Arsenal’s transition year is going better than expected, but their 3-2 defeat at the hands of Southampton suggests they are still a few signings away from threatening the elite of the division.
Manchester United Begin Life Without Mourinho
Manchester United fans continue to suffer following a 3-1 loss against top of the table Liverpool, which was the final nail in the coffin for Jose Mourinho. The new manager, whoever that may be, will inherit a United side closer to the relegation zone than to the top of the table. Teams like West Ham, Everton and Leicester are all hot on their heels and may fancy their chances of securing a European place.
That did not work out quite so well for Burnley, who finished seventh last season, yet have seen their 2018/19 campaign derailed by an ill-fated stab at the Europa League. They now occupy the relegation zone along with Huddersfield and Fulham. The Cottagers have brought in Claudio Ranieri in a bid to pull off a great escape, while Southampton turned to Ralph Hasenhüttl who has just dragged them out of the drop zone. Cardiff still look as though they could get sucked into the relegation scrap due to a lack of summer signings, while Crystal Palace might need to dip into the transfer market in January to steer themselves clear.
Newcastle, Brighton, Watford and Bournemouth continue to exceed expectations and they currently occupy the mid-table places. A lot can change between now and the end of the season, but the key battle lines have been drawn and it will be fascinating to see how it all pans out.
Premier League Specials
Football fans can choose from a range of spread betting options to add another degree of intrigue to proceedings and boost the excitement you experience when following the remainder of the campaign. One really interesting option is the Trap Door Points Spread, which allows you to speculate on the total number of points the bottom three teams in the division will have earned between them by the end of the season. The spread has been set at 81-83, meaning you can buy at 83 or sell at 81 depending on how well you think we have predicted it.
Last season, Swansea, Stoke and West Brom secured a combined total of 97 points. However, this time around the bottom three – Burnley, Huddersfield and Fulham – are not faring as well and have accumulated just 31 points between them in 17 games. If you choose to buy at 83, you will hope the three relegated teams go as far beyond that total as possible. If you bought at 83 for £10 and the total Trap Door Points ended up at 97, you would be 14 points over the total and make a £140 profit. Yet if the total only reached 80, you would be three under the buy price and lose £30, as your stake is always multiplied by how close you are to the total. If you sell at 81, you will hope the total is as low as possible. If you sold for £10 at 81 and the total ended up at 70, you would make a £110 profit. But if you sold at 81 and it totalled 87 points you would lose £60.
Another option is betting on the Big Six Points market. This allows you to predict how many points Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United will secure between them. You can either sell at 481 or buy at 486 and the same principles apply: if you sell, you hope they go as far below the total as possible; and if you buy, you hope they go as far over it as possible. Right now they are on 225 from 17 games.
You can also choose from all manner of spread betting options that give you an interest in every single game from now to the end of the season. For example, you can wager on the number of goals scored by Premier League teams this season, or the number of red cards, bookings, corners or own goals. These bets are a lot more interesting than simply predicting who will win the title or who will be relegated, as those bets can be wrapped up well ahead of the last day of the campaign, whereas these Premier League Specials spread bets keep you interested until the very last ball has been kicked in May.
With the Premier League table now taking shape and teams recognising their goals for the remainder of the season, why not check out our range of exciting Premier League Specials to ensure you grab a slice of the action!