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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Who Will Win This Season’s Premier League?

by a Contributing Writer from Soccerlens


Tim Howard of Everton.
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Although it is early days in this season’s Premier League, we are far enough in now to have some idea of what sides are going to be real title contenders. Before the start of the season most observers saw it as a two-horse race, but in reality, it would seem that there are three serious possibilities for the title this season – all of whom look pretty closely matched. This means that having a bet on the winner this season is as challenging and exciting as playing the casino games available at land-based and online casinos - but like casino games it is better to have some knowledge of the subject before betting any money. These are the main title contenders.

Manchester City
James Milner of Manchester City.
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The current title holders have been a little underwhelming this season (in the Champions League they have been a lot underwhelming) but they are still unbeaten in the league and will clearly be the favourites. Their main problems have been in defence, with last season’s outstanding performer – Vincent Kompany - struggling badly in the heart of their defence this time around.

Manchester United

Unsurprisingly their Manchester rivals have been free-scoring this season, as Robin Van Persie has picked up where he left off for Arsenal last season; but it is equally unsurprising that they are letting in almost as many as they have been scoring. United have had problems at the back and in the centre of midfield for some time now, and there is little to suggest that this has improved – but in Wayne Rooney and Van Persie they probably have the most lethal striking partnership in England.

Chelsea
John Terry of Chelsea Football Club.
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The dark horse bet (check the latest odds at http://www.bwin.com), given that few expected them to be in the running at all. Chelsea have made a great start – although like the other two, there are question marks about their defending. They also have a volatile squad and a tendency to attract controversy on and off the field, which has affected them in the past and may do so again this season.

Other Challengers
Jermain Defoe of Tottenham Hotspur.
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You never know what can happen in the funny old game and seeing as everyone is always talking about the top four it would be unfair to leave out the team in fourth at the minute - Everton. With some brilliant play and a wide spread of goals the Toffees have had a good start to this season. The other team oft quoted would be Tottenham but standing between them and Everton are West Brom and West Ham. The race for fourth again promises to be as exciting as that for first.

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