Premier League betting guide

Best title, relegation, prop and Golden Boot value bets for 2014-15 campaign

Originally Published: August 14, 2014
By James Eastham | ESPN Insider

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It's barely a month since the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro, yet the new Premier League season is upon us, kicking off this weekend. The teams at the top of the table are likely to be the same as years past, but some of the key men on the field and managers barking orders from the touchline will be different.

Betting on the 2014-15 Prem season isn't all about backing the team that ultimately finishes top. It's also about finding value in the relegation and top goal-scorer markets, and making sense of the prop bets.

Here's a look at the best value bets for the 2014-15 Premier League season.

Note: Odds outside of title value bets are courtesy of Pinnacle.

Title value bets

Note: With an each-way selection in the outright winner market (i.e., to win the Premier League), bookmakers will pay out half the odds if your selection reaches the final.

As usual, the top of the Prem has something of a closed shop about it. Heading the market in the outright betting to win the title are Manchester City (5-2) and Chelsea (7-4). The latter have added expensive talent in the form of Spain striker Diego Costa and ex-Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas, while City look as though they will be as strong as they were last season.

Arsenal (11-2) are fourth favorites and will surely entertain, while last season's runner-up, Liverpool (10-1), have slipped to fifth in the future odds following the sale of Luis Suarez. It is impossible to make a case for Brendan Rodgers' side without their Uruguay international to lead the attack, and indeed, many observers would tell you it is impossible to make a case for anyone other than the top two, because Chelsea and Manchester City appear to be so much stronger than the rest.

But there is another team to consider.